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Operating System for Heavy Machinery

Streamline safety certification and accelerate new product introductions with BlackBerry QNX

QNX RTOS for Heavy Machinery

Heavy machinery must run reliably and safely for decades. At the same time, software-defined designs and autonomous technology are leading to more complex systems. Certifying safety-critical equipment built on Linux® can be overwhelming, or even impossible, and maintaining custom open source operating systems will monopolize the time of your best developers. All of these factors increase your development costs and magnify the burden of proving heavy machinery is safe.

Let BlackBerry® QNX® manage time-consuming OS development and maintenance – and free your developers to focus on innovations and features that drive revenue. Even if you’ve already developed a prototype with Linux, you can leverage that effort and easily port to the POSIX-compliant QNX development environment. BlackBerry QNX offers a broad range of safety-certified and secure embedded software solutions, complemented by world-class engineering services, to help you accelerate time-to-market and reduce development costs. 

What You Need

Safety certification to IEC 61508 is a huge burden – and an almost insurmountable challenge if you use software of unknown provenance (SOUP), such as Linux. Using a safety-certified OS or hypervisor can significantly reduce the complexity, cost and length of your embedded system certification processes – and ensure the performance you need.

QNX® OS for Safety and QNX® Hypervisor for Safety are pre-certified for use in applications requiring compliance up to IEC 61508 SIL 3 and ISO 26262 ASIL D – to reduce your development and certification timelines. BlackBerry QNX solutions are designed with a focus on safety and the real-time determinism needed for the next-generation of agriculture, construction, forestry and mining machinery. 

A pre-certified RTOS and hypervisor can help heavy equipment manufacturers reduce time to market. While Linux is popular for prototypes and is in many legacy applications, a microkernel OS provides the isolation and freedom from interference that you need for safety-critical systems. A hypervisor allows developers to leverage Linux investments in systems with mixed criticality by separating safety-critical from non-safety components.

All BlackBerry QNX products are POSIX-compliant, so you can port easily from Linux. Developers ramp up quickly on QNX, as it looks and feels like Linux and uses the same Eclipse toolchain, including the GNU compiler collection (gcc). Plus, BlackBerry QNX offers engineering services and board support packages (BSPs) for the most current automotive and industrial-qualified system-on-chips (SoCs) to streamline your development. 

Highly available, robust software systems for heavy machinery require a fail-proof foundation. When using a monolithic OS, you can’t schedule or prioritize critical functions over less important processes, and if there is a problem with an application, it can crash the whole system, potentially creating a life-threatening situation. BlackBerry QNX’s microkernel architecture provides unmatched reliability with a combination of separation mechanisms and adaptive partitioning.

At BlackBerry QNX, we’ve been keeping mission-critical systems running smoothly for the last 40 years, so you can rely on us to support you and your software over the long run. BlackBerry QNX operating systems are in more than 195 million vehicles and clients around the globe in a variety of industries rely on the expert support of BlackBerry QNX throughout their product lifecycles.


Economies of scale open to your company when your electronic control unit (ECU) consolidation and software integration effort aligns with industry-wide innovation. SoC vendors contribute a wealth of state-of-the-art development work to support popular boards, embedded solutions and tools. Choosing a software solution that is widely supported by SoC vendors, such as QNX Neutrino® RTOS, can unlock a multitude of advanced tools and applications that you can leverage.

BlackBerry QNX sets the standard for ECU consolidation in the automotive industry and maintains strong integration relationships with leading vendors, including Nvidia, Qualcomm and many more. Choosing QNX Neutrino RTOS as your OS, and BlackBerry QNX as your technology partner, can deliver the supporting solutions and expertise you need to get to market faster.

If your organization has many product lines, reusing application and driver code across products or lines of business helps you scale your software development and streamline new product introductions – so you can drive more revenue.

When you use the QNX RTOS, you offload OS maintenance to BlackBerry QNX while building a standard set of drivers and applications that can be reused or adapted throughout your organization, saving time and valuable resources. Plus, with POSIX compliance and familiar development tools, switching to QNX is easy. The result can be an efficient and more scalable engineering operation. 

How BlackBerry QNX Can Help 

Manufacturers of smart agriculture, construction, forestry, mining, and other heavy machinery makers trust BlackBerry QNX. Learn more about these QNX solutions for your product lines:

QNX OS for Safety

Optimize performance and achieve functional safety

Pre-certified to IEC 61508 SIL 3 and ISO 26262 ASIL D, QNX OS for Safety is a POSIX-compliant, multicore, real-time OS (RTOS) for building safety-critical equipment. QNX OS is supported by field-proven development tools, feature-rich middleware and engineering services. BlackBerry QNX also offers a non-certified version of our embedded operating system. 

QNX Hypervisor for Safety

Consolidate multiple operating systems on a single chip

Pre-certified to IEC 61508 SIL 3 and ISO 26262 ASIL D, QNX Hypervisor is a real-time Type 1 microkernel hypervisor that provides the trusted reliability and performance of the QNX OS while also allowing multiple operating systems to safely co-exist on the same system-on-chip (SoC). BlackBerry QNX also offers a non-certified version of our hypervisor.

Safety and Security Services

Achieve certifications and improve security

The BlackBerry QNX engineering services team has deep knowledge of safety and security and a near-100% success rate in achieving safety certifications with our customers. With a long legacy in security, BlackBerry® has the expertise and solutions you need to secure both systems and supply chains. 

Engineering Services

Bring products to market faster

BlackBerry QNX global engineering services help bring safe, secure and reliable products to market on time, on budget and with quality. With a 40-year proven track record, full-stack expertise and flexible engagement models, we can fit your needs. 

Technical Resources

QNX Board Support Packages (BSPs)
QNX Product Certifications for Heavy Machinery Systems
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30-Day Evaluation of QNX Software Development Platform