QNX Unveils IEC 61508 Certification Support Package for Safety-Critical Systems

April 20, 2010

OTTAWA, April 20 /PRNewswire/ — In response to increasing demand for safety-critical applications, QNX Software Systems today announced its new IEC 61508 Certification Support Package. Designed for customers building safety-critical systems in the automotive, industrial, medical, networking, and defense industries, the package combines QNX Software Systems’ certification expertise with data to support the certification process. It also provides guidance on an effective strategy for achieving IEC 61508 certification, up to and including SIL 3, for systems based on the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS.

The IEC 61508 Certification Support Package complements QNX Software Systems’ current SIL 3 certification efforts and is a natural extension of the company’s competency in certifications and standards. The package includes consulting services and a confidence-in-use manual, which provide professional knowledge and expertise based on years of experience in QNX technology, process-oriented development, and certification audits. The package also provides documented confidence-in-use data, which can serve as important building blocks for a customer’s certification program.

Defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission, IEC 61508 is an international standard for the functional safety of electronic systems. Meeting IEC 61508 requirements involves a systematic assessment by an independent certification body. QNX Software Systems is currently in the process of having the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS certified to IEC 61508 safety integrity level 3, or SIL 3.

“As the design complexity of embedded applications increases, so does the need for certification in safety-critical systems. The new IEC 61508 Certification Support Package plays a crucial role by helping QNX customers navigate the complexities of the rigorous certification process, up to and including SIL 3,” said Yi Zheng, product manager, QNX Software Systems. “The package demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the automotive, industrial, medical, and defense markets, where safety is paramount.”

Visit the QNX website for more information on the company’s professional services, which include consulting and training, and on its certification programs, which include POSIX PSE52 Realtime Controller 1003.13-2003, OpenGL ES, Common Criteria EAL 4+, IEC 61508, and ISO 9001:2000.


The IEC 61508 Certification Support Package and its associated services will be available in June 2010.

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® Neutrino® RTOS, QNX Momentics® Tool Suite, and QNX Aviage® middleware together provide the industry’s most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, Daimler, 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. Visit www.qnx.com.

    Reader Information
    Web:  www.qnx.com
    Email:  info@qnx.com

    Editorial Contacts
    Jennifer Barlow or Bill Keeler
    Schwartz Communications
    +1 781 684-0770

    Paul Leroux
    QNX Software Systems
    +1 613 591-0931

QNX, Aviage, Momentics, and Neutrino are trademarks of QNX Software Systems GmbH & Co. KG, which are registered trademarks and/or used in certain jurisdictions and are used under license by QNX Software Systems Co. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

SOURCE QNX Software Systems

Source: newswire

comments powered by Disqus