QNX support for the new Freescale SABRE for Automotive platform

October 21, 2010

This week at Convergence QNX demonstrated a digital instrument cluster running on the new i.MX53 Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering platform for Automotive Infotainment. This is the new Freescale platform replaces the EVK and adds a very distinctive automotive flavour. It adds many automotive specific capabilities including multi-channel audio, multiple microphone inputs, a Sirius/XM radio module, camera input capability and a broadcast tuner module connector.

It is a very well thought out system and lays the groundwork for future automotive devices from Freescale. I’m happy to report that right now QNX is the only RTOS available for this new platform so if you want to check out what SABRE can do drop us a line.

QNX Multi-core support for ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore

April 6, 2010

QNX continues to be uniquely positioned to support multi-core processors. After all, we have been at it for over a decade. Maybe not on actual multi-core processors but on discrete implementations where multiple processors are managed by an SMP capable system controller. We started doing this for Cisco back in the days of the Motorola 744x processors with the Marvell Discovery system controllers. Along the way we picked up support for multi-core MIPs, Power Architecture, SH4 and x86.

One of the big advantages QNX provides the developer working with a multi-core processor is our tools.  QNX Momentics was built from the ground up with multi-processing in mind. We offer a number of advanced profiling tools that provide a level of insight into system behaviour unmatched by any other OS vendor. Combine that with years of hardening our SMP kernel and you have a pretty darn compelling solution.

Recently we started working with a leading silicon vendor to develop support for a new SoC based on the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore. What does this mean? It means that we can now add ARM to the list of multi-core architectures that QNX supports.

Fujitsu announces a new ARM SoC

March 31, 2010

On my birthday Fujitsu announced a new ARM9 based SoC. The new part is a lower cost version of their Jade D processor. The MR86R03 also known as the “Jade L” is aimed at applications requiring high CPU performance combined with sophisticated 2D/3D graphics for applications including ATMs, HMI panels and automotive. It combines a 320MHz ARM926-EJS core with the Coral PA graphics accelerator.

We don’t make enough noise about our long-standing relationship with Fujitsu. We have many design wins in automotive with Fujitsu both on the Jade D and Coral graphics accelerator. We have been talking about taking this success into other markets and with the introduction of the new Jade L I think there’s a real opportunity to make this a reality.

…where’s Xilinx Virtex 5 ML-507?..Here’s Xilinx…

February 26, 2009

(Warning PR Spoiler) This post does feel a little bit like reporting on a big screen drama.

FreeForm/PCI-104 module

FreeForm/PCI-104 module

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What it means: Foundry 27 & The Intel C++ Compiler Professional Edition for QNX Neutrino RTOS

November 28, 2008


Hello to the QNX Developer Community!

This is my first blog to you about the goings on in our ‘Tertiary Matters’.

Ostensibly this post is to let you know we just added a link in the Bazaar, on Foundry27, to the new beta edition of The Intel C++ Compiler Professional Edition for QNX. Hereafter referred to as the Intel Compiler.

But “Hey what?” you may be saying to yourself, “Foundry?@, Bazaar?)*% Bizar?^%.”

So let’s take a step back and refresh you on what we’re up to at QNX and why the posting of the Intel Compiler is important. But first the disclaimer:

Whenever they let me out of the office, I always preface to customers and partners that I have the distinction of being the only philosophy major on our product roadmap team. I am decidedly untechnical and highly philosophical. So, my postings will lean on the side of trying to understand what things mean, greater significance and the like. I’ll leave the technical drill downs to the experts. Now a few facts:

In September of 2007 we launched Foundry27 (F27), our community portal and introduced our hybrid software model of published source coupled with commercial licensing. In the first year we achieved the following portal milestones:

  • 21, 000+ developers
  • almost 600 posts per month
  • 43 Active Projects: including 5 silicon, 3 community, 2 customer, 14 public

Based on the activity we see and comparative benchmarks, the transition to our new business model has been a tremendous success!

In 2009 we’re looking forward to the first community code drops, new silicon vendor developed BSPs, and rewards and incentives for your participation in Foundry27. We’re even looking at the possibility of interactive hardware roadmaps where you, the developer, can provide input into what hardware you would like prioritized in our development labs.

What’s the significance of the Intel Compiler showing up on Foundry27? It means that the QNX community is thriving,  attracting investment from hardware vendors so that you can benefit from a healthy and vibrant QNX ecosystem.

I hope you’ll request the beta of the Intel Compiler and give us feedback – let us know if it improves your development efforts on the Intel Architecture. You can find it here – follow this link to the Bazaar and then scroll down to Cross Development Tools:


Initial reports are glowing.

Best, Kroy