Latest generation of QNX OS delivers enhanced security, graphics, multimedia, and power management to embedded developers
NUREMBERG, Embedded World (Hall 5, 5-369), February 25, 2014 QNX Software Systems Limited, a global leader in software platforms for connected embedded systems, today unveiled the latest generation of its QNX® Neutrino® operating system. Designed to bring mobile-class user experiences to secure embedded systems, the QNX OS 6.6 offers a wealth of new graphics, UI, multimedia, security, and power management capabilities, enabling developers to create highly differentiated products for markets such as healthcare, heavy machinery, consumer white goods, energy production, industrial automation, automotive telematics, and marine and in-flight entertainment.
Smartphones and tablets have transformed user expectations. Everyone today assumes that a display will let them swipe, scroll, or pinch, even if that display is on a gas pump, vending machine, refrigerator, or medical device, said Grant Courville, director of product management, QNX Software Systems. These expectations put enormous pressure on embedded system manufacturers to deliver a mobile-class user experience, and the QNX OS 6.6 enables them to create products that are feature-rich yet easy to use, and connected yet secure.
Advanced security capabilities
Virtually every embedded system today is connected to a network, creating the potential for attack. To help thwart malicious software, the QNX OS 6.6 introduces several advanced security features, including:
These features complement the inherent security strengths of the QNX OS microkernel architecture, which reduces attack surfaces by running all processes, including system services, outside of the kernel in memory-protected user space.
Flexible graphics control for blended interfaces
For the ultimate in UI design flexibility, the QNX OS includes a new graphical composition manager that can seamlessly blend apps and components created in HTML5, OpenGL ES, and Qt 5, together with video from connected devices all on the same display, at the same time. The composition manager supports native OpenGL ES hardware acceleration, multi-touch input control with gestures, and a driver framework based on industry-standard OpenWF Display APIs.
Power management features for mobility
To help embedded developers create mobile devices that consume less power, the QNX OS offers several new features that enable the CPU to sleep for extended durations. These include the ability to assign a tolerance value to timers that dont require realtime precision, and similarly, the ability to assign an acceptable latency value to interrupts that dont require realtime responses.
HTML5 app and UI development
Multimedia support and smartphone integration
The QNX SDK for Apps and Media also enables developers to build media-rich embedded products that can integrate with various smartphones and tablets. Features include:
General availability of the QNX OS 6.6 and the QNX SDK for Apps and Media is scheduled for February 28, 2014. Visit www.qnx.com to upgrade your existing QNX development seat or to request a free evaluation.
About QNX Software Systems
QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY; TSX:BB), is a leading vendor of operating systems, automotive software, development tools, and professional services for connected embedded systems. Global leaders such as Audi, Cisco, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for vehicle infotainment systems, network routers, medical devices, industrial automation systems, security and defense systems, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada; its products are distributed in more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com follow @QNX_News on Twitter, and visit www.facebook.com/QNXSoftwareSystems. For updates on the company's automotive work, follow @QNX_Auto and visit qnxauto.blogspot.com.
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