QNX Supports New Sitara ARM Cortex-A8 Industrial Processors from Texas Instruments


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  • QNX Neutrino RTOS now supports the TI AM3505 and AM3517 MPUs, the first ARM Cortex-A8 processors optimized for industrial applications.

  • Processors provide ideal foundation for building high-performance, low-power, and graphics-rich systems based on the QNX industrial software architecture.

  • • Board support packages now available on Foundry27, the QNX community portal.

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    OTTAWA, December 1, 2009 — QNX Software Systems today announced that the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS now supports the new Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) AM3505 and AM3517 ARM® Cortex™-A8 microprocessors (MPUs), the first two members of TI’s new Sitara™ family and the first ARM Cortex-A8 processor-based solutions optimized for industrial applications.

    The AM35x MPUs offer a variety of device packages, industrial temperature options ( 40 to +85 degrees C), multiple on-chip peripherals (CAN, Ethernet MAC, USB 2.0 OTG PHY, etc.), and high computational performance at sub one-Watt power levels. The low power consumption eliminates the need for heat sinks and fans, allowing industrial developers to design silent, air-tight enclosures for harsh environments.

    Developers can implement entire human machine interfaces (HMIs) in Adobe Flash since both the AM3505 and the AM3517 include a high-resolution display subsystem supported by the QNX Aviage® HMI Suite. The AM3517 builds on the AM3505 with a PowerVR™ SGX graphics engine from Imagination Technologies, which will allow developers to create hardware-accelerated 2D and 3D HMIs that leverage QNX Software Systems’ optimized support for the OpenVG and OpenGL® ES 1.1/2.0 graphical APIs.

    The QNX Neutrino RTOS forms a key component of the QNX industrial software architecture, a complete platform that offers massive scalability, from deeply embedded headless devices, to distributed automation systems, to 2D/3D control and display units. The platform includes an RTOS, development tools, networking protocols, and a rich choice of file systems, as well as middleware for creating a wide range of HMIs. Proven in thousands of mission-critical applications, the QNX industrial software architecture is supported by a large ecosystem of technology partners providing industrial protocols, connectivity solutions, graphics technologies, I/O, peripherals, tools, and silicon.

    QNX Software Systems also offers support for many other TI processors, including the TMS320DM355, TMS320DM644x, OMAP3503, OMAP3515, OMAP3525, and OMAP3530 processors.

    “By taking advantage of the QNX industrial software architecture, customers using the AM3505 and AM3517 MPUs can create compelling, dynamic HMIs while leveraging the reliability and realtime performance of a field-proven, standards-based realtime operating system,” said John Gorman, OMAP35x product line manager, TI.

    “The new TI AM3505 and AM3517 MPUs hit the sweet spot for industrial customers who need high performance at low power,” said Kroy Zeviar, business alliance manager, QNX Software Systems. “These new Sitara ARM Cortex A-8 solutions, combined with the already robust range of TI MPUs, make the TI portfolio a key part of our customer roadmaps.”

    Board support packages now available on Foundry27
    Board support packages (BSPs) for the AM35x evaluation module (EVM) are available now on Foundry27, the QNX developer portal. To download the AM3505 BSP, visit: http://community.qnx.com/sf/wiki/do/viewPage/projects.bsp/wiki/TiAm3505Evm.

    To download the AM3517 BSP, visit: http://community.qnx.com/sf/wiki/do/viewPage/projects.bsp/wiki/TiAm3517Evm.

    To purchase an EVM for these processors, contact TI or visit: www.ti.com/am3517.

    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® Tool Suite, and QNX Aviage® middleware together provide the industry’s 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. Visit www.qnx.com.

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