BlackBerry QNX Neutrino, WITTENSTEIN SAFERTOS Integrated Dev Environment Supports Heterogeneous, Mixed-Criticality Arm Systems

March 29, 2019 Brandon Lewis

WATERLOO, ONT. and BRISTOL, UK. BlackBerry and WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems (WHIS) have integrated the QNX Neutrino RTOS, SAFERTOS, and QNX Momentics Tool Suite into a software development platform for heterogeneous SoCs. The development suite enables safety-certified and mixed-criticality applications that require both MCU and MPU processing cores using secure inter-process communications between the software components.

Both operating systems in the BlackBerry/WHIS solution are certified to ISO26262 ASIL D for Automotive Applications and IEC 61508 SIL 3 levels for Industrial Automation, helping minimize certification costs.

Extensions to the QNX Momentics Tool Suite offer development and debugging features for both QNX Neutrino and SAFERTOS. This enables:

• Concurrent debug of multiple C/C++ applications across heterogeneous ARM cores

• Multi-threaded application debug with independent tracking for each thread and trace control from thread to thread

• Debug of multiple processes distributed across multiple CPUs or cores, and execution path tracing from CPU to CPU

• Dynamic attachment of debugger to any running process

The development environment is based on Eclipse and GCC. It enforces a multi-level, policy-driven security model.

Evaluation software is available under license by contacting BlackBerry QNX or WHIS.


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Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached by email at

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