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QNX RTOS gets IEC 61508 SIL 3-certified

Posted: 22 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RTOS? kernel? IEC 61508?

QNX Software Systems Co. reports that their RTOS has received IEC 61508 standard certification. Achieving a Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL 3) certification validates that

the QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System (RTOS) Safe Kernel offers a very high level of reliability and risk reduction when used in safety-critical systems for transportation, energy generation, process control, and other industries.

The QNX Neutrino RTOS Safe Kernel uses a modular microkernel architecture in which applications, device drivers, file systems, and networking stacks all run as separate, memory-protected components. It also uses adaptive partitioning and multicore support, providing a flexible and field-proven software foundation for mission- and safety-critical systems.

The certification process was performed by Sira Test & Certification Ltd, a leader in conformity assessment accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

QNX Software Systems is also introducing an IEC 61508 Certification Support Package to help users of the QNX Neutrino RTOS Safe Kernel achieve their own system-level IEC 61508 certifications, up to and including SIL 3. The package includes consulting services and documented confidence-in-use data to help users navigate the certification process.

"QNX technology has a long and proven history in applications where safety and reliability are paramount," said Yi Zheng, product manager, QNX Software Systems. "This certification is a testament to our ability to support customers who need a high level of reliability and risk reduction in their safety-critical applications."

The QNX Neutrino Safe Kernel is expected to be available in July 2010. The IEC 61508 Certification Support Package is expected to be available in Q3 10.





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