QNX Readies New Wireless Connectivity Solutions For Embedded Systems Developers

Company partners with LS Research and Silex Technology for integrated solutions that will bring mobile-class connectivity features to a new generation of embedded systems.
OTTAWA, February 28, 2012
— QNX Software Systems Limited, a leader in software platforms for connected embedded systems, a leader in software platforms for connected embedded systems, today announced new preferred partnerships with LS Research and Silex Technology to develop and co-market wireless connectivity solutions for embedded systems based on the award-winning QNX® Neutrino® Realtime Operating System (RTOS).

The partnerships aim to bring mobile-class wireless connectivity features to a new generation of embedded systems, for applications ranging from medical diagnostics and patient monitoring to secure portable computing and industrial automation. Enabling best-in-class 802.11 Wi-Fi® solutions is the starting point for this new approach to partnering with industry connectivity leaders and is part of a longer-term strategy that intends to simplify Bluetooth®, Bluetooth low energy wireless technology, Long Term Evolution (LTE), and Zigbee® design for QNX developers.

QNX Software Systems and its partners plan to offer integrated solutions based on the following components:

  • QNX Neutrino RTOS, a highly scalable fault-tolerant operating system, field-proven in a wide variety of embedded systems including medical devices, multimedia tablets, in-car infotainment systems, Internet routers, wind turbines, and railway control systems.
  • Reference implementations pre-validated by QNX Software Systems. These initial implementations will include select connectivity modules from LS Research and Silex that are compatible with a variety of popular ARM-based SOCs:
    • LS Research COM6L-BLE wireless evaluation module (EM) board based on Texas Instruments’ WL1271L silicon, compatible with the TI AM335x EVM and the TiWi adapter card for DM3730 (Beagle XM) development boards. Supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with optional Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and includes a standard SDIO interface that can be adapted to other hardware platforms.
    • Silex wireless modules based on the Qualcomm Atheros AR6003 Wi-Fi chip, compatible with Freescale i.MX28 and i.MX53 processors. Supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and includes standard SDIO and USB interfaces with optional PCIE interfaces.
  • Module and antenna design and certification services from partners LS Research and Silex Technology.
  • First-line technical support from QNX Software Systems to help enable developers to speed product design and commercialization.

“We’re pleased to provide support for QNX Software Systems’ wireless connectivity solutions based on the company’s world-class operating system,” said Theresa Benson, global business development manager, LS Research. “We’re also excited to join the rapidly growing QNX partner ecosystem, which offers great opportunities for collaboration and innovation.”

“Silex Technology is responding to strong market demand from the QNX customer base to add Wi-Fi technology based on the game-changing Qualcomm Atheros AR6003 radio,” stated Keith Sugawara, vice president of business development, Silex. “We are excited to offer QNX customers a combined solution that includes hardware, driver, and security-supplicant software and support.”
“With an explosion in demand for cloud-enabled devices, machine-to-machine communications, and other connected equipment, we’ve recognized that it’s time to bring the best-in-class connectivity experience associated with mobile devices to a broad range of embedded systems,” stated Grant Courville, director of product management, QNX Software Systems. “Our history in the development of embedded systems and experience in developing OS technology for mobile devices such as tablets and handsets gives us the expertise to help make connected device design easier and more accessible for embedded systems developers.”


The reference implementations for the LS Research and Silex modules are scheduled for availability in March and June, respectively.

About QNX Software Systems

QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM; TSX:RIM), is a leading vendor of operating systems, 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 controllers, security and defense systems, and other mission-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems Limited is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada; its products are distributed in over 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com. Visit www.qnx.com.

About LS Research

LS Research is a premier wireless product development company specializing in RF design. Our design services include hardware and software development, antenna design, CAD and layout. We also provide EMC certification services, and sell both catalog and custom-developed RF modules. LSR is at the forefront of the latest wireless technologies including Wi-Fi, RFID, MICS, NFC, Bluetooth, BLE, ANT+, 802.15.4, and ZigBee. We have developed a long history of helping Fortune 500 companies and startups with new product development. LS Research is the only wireless product development firm with turnkey design service, modules, and an on-site IEC 17025-approved test facility for all your testing and certification needs, including EMC scanning, ETSI testing, and FCC and IC certification. Learn more at www.lsr.com.

About Silex Technology America, Inc.

Silex Technology America, Inc. is a subsidiary of Silex Technology Inc., a 35-year developer and leading network technology company specializing in network and wireless technology, providing hardware, software, embedded modules and turnkey connectivity products. Silex Technology has regional offices for sales, marketing and development in Japan, United States and Germany. Silex Technology is integrated vertically to support customers from design to production, maintaining the highest quality standards. For more information, please visit www.silexamerica.com.

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