QNX Showcases New Medical Reference Design at MD&M West

Company's field-proven technology speeds development of diagnostic and monitoring applications; remote device connectivity highlighted with BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

Medical Design & Manufacturing West (Booth 427), ANAHEIM, February 8, 2011 - QNX Software Systems Co., a global leader in operating systems and middleware for connected embedded systems, today announced it will demonstrate a new reference design for safety-critical medical devices at the Medical Design & Manufacturing West conference. The new reference design highlights the wireless connectivity, rich graphics support, and field-proven reliability of the QNX® Neutrino® Realtime Operating System (RTOS).

As part of today's news, the company also announced it has joined the Continua Health Alliance, a non-profit, open industry organization of healthcare and technology companies working together to improve the quality of personal healthcare.

The medical reference design is built on the QNX Neutrino RTOS, which has a proven history in FDA-certified devices and offers best-in-class reliability essential for safety-critical devices. The design also features a human machine interface (HMI) based on the QtTM application framework and demonstrates connectivity to some Continua CertifiedTM medical devices, including:

  • blood pressure monitor
  • weight scale
  • pulse oximeter

The reference design supports the Bluetooth® Health Device Profile, a short-range wireless technology well-suited for medical applications in which data is relayed from the local device, such as a pulse oximeter, to a mobile phone or PC for in-hospital communications. The reference design also supports remote device connectivity with a BlackBerry® PlayBookTM tablet.

With millions of installations worldwide and 30 years of performance in the field, QNX technology supports customers running applications where failure is not an option - from life-critical medical instruments and 9-1-1 call centers to control systems for nuclear reactors and high-speed trains.

"QNX has developed highly reliable and secure software for over 30 years," stated Justin Moon, product manager, QNX Software Systems. "QNX software drives many of the mission-critical systems the world depends on, and we are pleased to demonstrate the latest capabilities of the QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System for medical devices. As healthcare applications and information move to the cloud, the security and reliability of QNX software becomes even more essential."

About QNX Software Systems

QNX Software Systems Co., a subsidiary of Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM; TSX:RIM), is a leading vendor of operating systems, middleware, development tools, and professional services for the embedded systems market. Global leaders such as Cisco, Daimler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, vehicle telematics units, industrial control systems, medical instruments, security and defense systems, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems Co. is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada; its products are distributed in over 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com.

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