QNX, NI Speed Migration to Multi-Core Processors

This week at Embedded World, National Instruments is showing how embedded engineers can now use the NI LabVIEW graphical dataflow environment to target multi-core systems based on the QNX(R) Neutrino(R) realtime operating system (RTOS).

Managing multiple processing cores can be a challenge for engineers accustomed to single-processor designs. To address this problem, LabVIEW and the QNX Neutrino RTOS remove low-level details like thread management, providing the first rapid development platform for multi-core systems.

Engineers using LabVIEW to design, prototype, and deploy their embedded designs with QNX Neutrino can develop programs with multiple simultaneous execution paths and can instantly see increased processing power with no special coding or configuration required. Engineers do not have to worry about additional thread management and multitasking coding because the QNX Neutrino RTOS handles this automatically.

Additionally, engineers using the National Instruments LabVIEW Embedded Development Module with the QNX Neutrino RTOS do not have to choose a target CPU up front. Instead, they can complete the design and prototype stages using off-the-shelf hardware such as National Instruments CompactRIO or PXI, without addressing the final target configuration. After measuring the required CPU performance, the engineer can choose a single-core or multi-core target based on specific application needs.

“Together, the familiar graphical environment of LabVIEW and the advanced multiprocessing capabilities of QNX Neutrino accelerate the transition to multi-core architectures and provide a superior migration path to next-generation chips that incorporate four, eight or more cores,” said Randy Martin, product manager for QNX Software Systems.

Presentation at Embedded World
To learn more about using the NI LabVIEW Embedded Development Module with the QNX Neutrino RTOS, Embedded World attendees can visit the QNX booth, #11-324, in Hall 11.0. The LabVIEW presentation will take place at 12:00 noon every day, from February 13 to 15.

Evaluation Software Available for Download
Developers can also download an evaluation of the QNX/NI embedded solution.

About National Instruments
National Instruments is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype, and deploy systems for measurement, automation, and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 25,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 10 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 4,000 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past eight years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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.

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