30 years of QNX: Five years of crazy-fast innovation

Okay, boys and girls, time to press the fast forward button. The "30 years of QNX" series has only reached 1998, but if you don't mind, we're going to jump ahead a few years — albeit temporarily.

Why the jump? Because, to my mind, the period from 2005 to 2010 has been an era of unprecedented innovation for QNX Software Systems. And the more I think about it, the more I want to talk about it. Simple as that.

So without further ado, let's look at what QNX has been up to since 2005:

- Invents bound multiprocessing for multi-core processors
- Invents adaptive time partitioning
- Unveils transactional file system
- Releases advanced graphics toolkit
- Named performance leader on PowerPC

- Introduces multimedia suite
- Introduces multi-core optimization tools
- Introduces memory visualization tool
- Ships embedded market's first multi-core software platform
- Wins embedded AWARD for multi-core tools
- Wins Frost & Sullivan automotive innovation award

- Launches Foundry27 developer portal
- Pioneers time partitioning for multi-core processors
- Pioneers Adobe Flash Lite for embedded HMIs
- Introduces acoustic processing suite for handsfree systems
- Wins Eclipse community award for best developer tool
- Named to SD Times 100 for multi-core technology

- Pioneers Flash-based digital instrument clusters
- Introduces power-safe file system
- Achieves POSIX PSE52 certification
- Pioneers fastboot technology for Atom processors
- Wins Elektra award for acoustic processing

2009 - 2010
- Introduces QNX CAR Application Platform
- Creates software foundation for first LTE connected car
- Ships first multi-core RTOS to achieve EAL 4 security certification
- Creates reference design for smart-energy systems
- Introduces app store technology and virtual mechanic
- Wins multiple awards for automotive technology and partnerships: Adobe MAX, Freescale Best of Show, Telematics Detroit

Pretty impressive, I think. But do you know what's most gratifying to a QNX employee like myself? The fact that all this innovative technology now touches the lives of tens of millions of people every day. Sometimes, it touches them through really cool things, like car infotainment systems. And sometimes, it touches them through really important things, like cancer-treatment systems. Either way, I feel a strong connection between what we do and the smooth running of everyday life. And what's better than feeling connected?


Spencer said...

Nice history behind the company, haven't run the OS for a great deal of time though. Do you have any ideas on how to get QNX RTOS 4 working on non AT hardware - a HP laptop with a Intel Celeron processor, eager to get it running still.

Paul N. Leroux said...

Hi Spencer. You might want to try posting a question to the QNX 4 community on Foundry27. For instance, check out the discussion here:


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