QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, today announced the launch of the QNX Wireless Framework, a complete software solution that allows embedded systems developers to make cellular and Wi-Fi hardware changes without having to rewrite software applications or change how the applications run.
Modem technology for embedded systems is evolving quickly, creating demand for system designs that can rapidly and flexibly support the latest cellular or Wi-Fi communications hardware. The QNX Wireless Framework achieves this through an easy-to-use application programming interface (API) that remains consistent, regardless of the underlying cellular or Wi-Fi module or chipset. The API simplifies system design for today’s medical devices, industrial controllers, and in-car infotainment units by managing the complexities of modem control. Further, the QNX Wireless Framework provides a rich feature set to enable a variety of useful vertical-specific applications.
“The QNX Wireless Framework was developed by a team of mobile wireless experts with hundreds of person-years of experience building advanced, carrier-grade mobile products,” said Grant Courville, director, product management, QNX Software Systems. “Our latest innovation allows developers to experience best-in-class smartphone-grade technology already deployed in millions of BlackBerry devices and supported by hundreds of carriers worldwide and to apply that connectivity to the embedded systems they are building in a simplified way.”
The QNX Wireless Framework is highly flexible, providing customers with pre-integrated support for cellular and Wi-Fi modules from leading industry vendors, including Gemalto, Sierra Wireless, Telit Wireless Solutions, and u-blox AG. These vendors, combined, account for more than half of the module market share by sales (Strategy Analytics, “Cellular M2M OEM Module Vendor Market Share 2005-2014”).
“Every day, thousands of new devices are being connected to the Internet, transforming and improving the way we live, work, and play. As the connected world spurs innovation, Gemalto’s security solutions and Cinterion portfolio are helping drive mHealth, automotive, and smart energy programs,” said Norbert Muhrer, senior vice president of M2M, Gemalto. “We are excited to work with QNX Software Systems; their rich history in software solutions, combined with our M2M portfolio, expands secure connectivity for embedded devices. We look forward to supporting the QNX Wireless Framework, the next advent in connected technology.”
“The opportunity to support the QNX Wireless Framework is attractive because, like u-blox, QNX Software System is an established leader in the automotive, industrial, and medical markets,” said Andreas Thiel, co-founder and executive vice president, wireless product development, u-blox AG. “We are eager to couple our wireless communications and modules with the innovative technology built into the QNX Wireless Framework.”
This week, at Embedded World 2015, QNX Software Systems will showcase its latest product developments for embedded developers. Demonstrations will include the QNX Wireless Framework and its integration with the products of several module vendors. Visit booth 4-358.
Select customers are currently evaluating the QNX Wireless Framework 1.0. It is scheduled for general release in Q2 2015.