NI Data Acquisition Devices, MHDDK Support QNX Neutrino RTOS

QNX Software Systems today announced that its QNX(R) Neutrino(R) realtime operating system (RTOS) is now supported by the National Instruments Measurement Hardware Driver Development Kit (MHDDK) and PCI multifunction data acquisition (DAQ) devices. As a result, design engineers can choose from the immense range of NI DAQ products — from low-cost single-function units to high-speed multifunction devices — while leveraging the proven fault tolerance and realtime performance of QNX Neutrino.

The NI MHDDK provides development tools and a register-level programming interface for controlling NI DAQ hardware, including the very popular PCI M Series DAQ devices. With this NI library, engineers building embedded systems based on the QNX Neutrino RTOS can easily add analog, digital and timing I/O functionality to their designs.

“NI is excited to have the opportunity to offer our PCI data acquisition hardware tools to engineers using QNX Neutrino,” said John Hanks, NI director of measurement and control hardware. “QNX is a leading company in complex embedded design systems, and this relationship extends a broad range of I/O solutions to QNX Neutrino users, giving them additional options for developing custom applications.”

Engineered for secure, high-performance systems, the QNX Neutrino RTOS is used in millions of installations worldwide, including process-control systems, medical instruments, security solutions, and a variety of other mission-critical applications. Often, these systems require analog I/O circuitry that engineers have to develop in-house. But now, development teams using QNX Neutrino can choose from the rich selection of NI off-the-shelf I/O modules to cut development costs, reduce time to market, and deliver highly tuned solutions.

“This combined solution offers the time-to-market benefits of industry standards: POSIX programming models and Eclipse-based development tools from QNX Software Systems, and the MHDDK programming model from National Instruments,” said Linda Campbell, director of strategic alliances at QNX Software Systems. “National Instruments is a leader in PCI-based measurement solutions, and we are extremely pleased that QNX customers now have access to such a robust range of off-the-shelf I/O solutions.”

Developers download the MHDDK for the QNX Neutrino RTOS.

About QNX Software Systems
QNX Software Systems, a Harman International company (NYSE: HAR), is the industry leader in realtime, embedded OS technology. The component-based architectures of the QNX(R) Neutrino(R) RTOS and QNX Momentics(R) development suite together provide the industry’s most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, DaimlerChrysler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, medical instruments, vehicle telematics units, security and defense systems, industrial robotics, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide.

About National Instruments
For 30 years, National Instruments has been a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation — a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists in industry, government and academia approach measurement and automation. Leveraging PCs and commercial technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for test, control and design applications through easy-to-integrate software, such as NI LabVIEW, and modular measurement and control hardware for PXI, PXI Express, PCI, PCI Express, USB and Ethernet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 4,000 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past seven years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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