QNX Software Systems has launched release 6.40.0 of the QNX Neutrino RTOS and QNX Momentics Tool Suite. The first major product developed under QNX Software Systems' innovative hybrid software model, release 6.4.0 introduces several technologies to maximize the performance, reliability, and portability of embedded systems for automotive and other markets.
With release 6.4.0, the QNX Neutrino RTOS now offers a fail-safe file system to protect critical data in the event of a sudden power failure or shutdown; a faster networking stack that supports BSD 4.0 TCP/IP; variable page size tuning for faster OS performance; certification to the POSIX PSE52 standard for greater source-code portability; 802.11 a/b/g wireless networking; improved ARMv6 memory management and vector floating point math support for ARM11 processors; symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) support for the Renesas 7786 processor, and e500 SMP support for the Freescale MPC8572 processor. QNX has also entered the Neutrino 6.4.0 microkernel for Common Criteria certification to the Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL4+).
The Momentics tools suite now includes a high-resolution application profiler that detects sluggish areas of application code through instrumentation and statistical sampling; support for the latest versions of the GNU toolchain (4.2.4) and Eclipse CDT (4.0.x); and JTAG debugging.
Release 6.4.0 is the first major QNX product to be developed "live" on Foundry27, the development portal where customers and other QNX community members can access new software features and patches in real time, download OS source code, and participate in the development of QNX products. Since its launch in September 2007, the QNX Foundry27 community has grown to more than 20,000 members, with multiple customer, partner, and employee projects under way, and several active forums with large numbers of posts each month."A year ago, QNX launched its hybrid software model, which allows commercial software to be developed out in the open, so customers can participate in the development process, much as they would in an open source project," said Kerry Johnson, QNX director of product management. "The success of Foundry27 is proof that customers, technology partners, hobbyists, and educational organizations worldwide have embraced the model, and release 6.4.0, with its many new customer-driven features, is a testament to the model's success."