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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Blackberry maker buys QNX operating system to get into cars

Audio and automotive equipment maker Harman is to sell its QNX real time operating system business to Balackberry-maker Research In Motion (RIM).
Somehow, the two companies expect this to further strengthen QNX penetration in the automotive market, despite RIM's focus on mobile systems and lack of experience in the market. Much more likely is the proximity argument - both QNX and RIM are based in Ottawa, and this gives RIM a highly experienced team of RTOS and software development engineers that can work on a range of projects, particularly in the enterprise markets where RIM already has access. It doesn't need an automotive RTOS vendor to connect the Blackberry to car systems, it really doesn't!  
“RIM is excited about the planned acquisition of QNX Software Systems and we look forward to ongoing collaboration between Harman, QNX and RIM to further integrate and enhance the user experience between smartphones and in-vehicle audio and infotainment systems,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM.  “In addition to our interests in expanding the opportunities for QNX in the automotive sector and other markets, we believe the planned acquisition of QNX will also bring other value to RIM in terms of supporting certain unannounced product plans for intelligent peripherals, adding valuable intellectual property to RIM's portfolio and providing long-term synergies for the companies based on the significant and complementary OS expertise that exists within the RIM and QNX teams today."
“We welcome the opportunities that a strengthened relationship with RIM will create, as two innovation leaders collaborate to bring new connectivity solutions to the industry,” said Dinesh Paliwal, Harman’s Chairman, President and CEO.  “We expect to maintain our close association with QNX and the cutting-edge software solutions it provides to Harman and our customers.  We believe our leading customers will fully endorse this move and see it as a major step in advancing seamless connectivity and integration among intelligent devices.”
"Like Harman, RIM shares our passion for innovation and reliability, so we are absolutely thrilled with this opportunity,” said Dan Dodge, CEO of QNX Software Systems. “Moreover, RIM will give us the best of all possible mandates: to continue on our innovation path and to increase investment in our core products, professional services, and go-to-market channels. This is a great time to be a QNX customer, as we focus on collaborating with RIM to create an even more exciting platform for the next generation of connected and embedded devices.”
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