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OTTAWA, April 22 2009 QNX Software Systems, the global leader in operating systems and middleware for the automotive market, today announced several board support packages (BSPs) for automotive reference boards and development platforms. Building on extensive support for platforms from Freescale, Fujitsu, Intel, Renesas, Texas Instruments, and others, the new automotive BSPs for the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS 6.4 include:
Developers can download the QNX BSPs immediately from Foundry27, the QNX community web portal. For a list of all current QNX BSPs and the commercial availability of specific BSPs, developers can visit the Foundry27 BSPs and Drivers wiki.
Like other QNX software products, QNX automotive BSPs are developed out in the open on the Foundry27 web portal. As a result, developers can gain immediate access to all the latest BSP code updates and enhancements. Developers can also visit the Foundry27 BSP Project Wiki, where they have the opportunity to join forums and talk directly with BSP developers from QNX Software Systems.
QNX support for automotive BSPs is a key element of QNX CAR, an innovative program that helps automotive suppliers accelerate product prototyping and reduce engineering costs.
With its hard realtime capabilities and fault-tolerant microkernel architecture, the QNX Neutrino RTOS is used by more automakers and suppliers than all other OS platforms combined. The device drivers in QNX BSPs take advantage of microkernel architecture and run outside of the QNX Neutrino kernel, as memory-protected, user-space processes. This approach allows device drivers to be developed and debugged like regular applications, making it easier for automakers and tier one suppliers to customize existing drivers or to write their own drivers.
QNX BSPs are covered by the commercial-friendly Apache 2.0 license, which, unlike the restrictive GPL license, gives developers the option to keep their derivative source code private or to publish it for cooperative development.
About QNX Software Systems
QNX Software Systems, a Harman International company (NYSE: HAR), is the industry leader in realtime, embedded OS technology. The component-based architectures of the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS, QNX Momentics® development suite, and QNX Aviage® middleware together provide the industrys most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, Daimler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, medical instruments, vehicle telematics units, security and defense systems, industrial robotics, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide.
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