Bsquare to Distribute QNX Operating System and Development Tool Products

Distribution agreement expands customer access to medical, industrial automation and general embedded software and tools

-- QNX Partner News Release --

BELLEVUE, WA and OTTAWA, Canada – February 26, 2013 BSQUARE Corporation (NASDAQ: BSQR), a leading enabler of smart connected systems, and QNX Software Systems Limited, a leader in software platforms for connected embedded systems, today announced that Bsquare has become an authorized distributor of QNX® operating system and development tool products in the United Kingdom. Bsquare will also continue to provide engineering services for QNX-based development within the medical, industrial automation and general embedded markets worldwide.

The QNX® Neutrino® realtime operating system (RTOS) is the platform of choice for high reliability and high performance systems. QNX technology drives mission-critical applications for a variety of vertical market solutions:

  • Medical devices: primary life support, in vitro and healthcare
  • Lifestyle products: automotive infotainment and telematics systems, BlackBerry® 10 smartphones
  • Industrial control: safety-critical systems requiring certification to standards such as IEC 61508 SIL3
  • Networking and gateway products

The QNX Neutrino RTOS is based on a microkernel architecture, in which device drivers, networking stacks, file systems, and applications run as separate, user-space processes. Every process is isolated from other running processes, rendering the system far more resilient to bugs and software failures, and making it fundamentally more reliable.

“Bsquare is very familiar with the QNX Neutrino operating system, having provided engineering services on the platform for a number of years,” said Andrea Blaylock, director, channel strategies, QNX Software Systems. “We are pleased to expand our relationship with Bsquare and look forward to working together to grow the community of QNX-based solutions through licensing, development tools and engineering services.”

“As the embedded market continues to grow, the need for an operating system that can support mission-critical solutions is also growing,” said Mike Stipe, Bsquare senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. “The addition of QNX product distribution to the Bsquare portfolio fills a need for our customers who are creating medical, automotive, industrial and networking products that require mission-critical functionality. This distribution agreement complements the QNX engineering work that Bsquare already does worldwide by giving Bsquare the ability to provide end-to-end support for OEMs and ODMs utilizing the QNX Neutrino operating system for their smart connected systems.”

Bsquare will redistribute QNX Neutrino RTOS and QNX® Momentics® Tool Suite products in the United Kingdom and will provide professional services including driver and application development as well as quality assurance and documentation for QNX-based devices worldwide. All Bsquare UK projects are implemented under ISO 9001:2008 certified systems and the company’s UK office is ISO 13485:2003 certified for medical systems development. For more information visit:

About BSQUARE Corporation

Bsquare, a global leader in embedded solutions, applies experience and expertise on leading platforms to create new connections with customers, new business models and to enable new ways of working and communicating. Bsquare serves customers by forging connections among the partners, people, tools, and technology needed to create smart connected systems. For more information, visit

About QNX Software Systems

QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of Research In Motion Limited (“BlackBerry”), 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 units, network routers, medical devices, industrial automation systems, security and defense systems, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems Limited is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada; its products are distributed in more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit and

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BSQUARE Corporation
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QNX Software Systems Limited
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