Published on November 9, 2023, 3:35 am

BlackBerry is extending its use of AWS by making its BlackBerry QNX technology available to mission-critical embedded systems developers in the cloud. This move is expected to significantly reduce time to market for their products.

During the recent AWS re:Invent 2022 event, BlackBerry showcased its Real Time Operating System (RTOS) and artificial intelligence (AI) data platform, BlackBerry IVY, running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances powered by AWS Graviton2 processors.

The BlackBerry QNX RTOS functions as a cloud-native developer workbench and can be used independently or in conjunction with BlackBerry IVY. This collaboration between BlackBerry and AWS provides a cloud-connected automotive AI platform.

Accessing the cloud-powered BlackBerry QNX RTOS on AWS will help address challenges in industries such as automotive, robotics, medical devices, industrial controls, aerospace, and defense. Developers can benefit from reduced development time while ensuring software reliability through testing, verification, and validation.

The automotive industry has witnessed an increase in consumer demands for enhanced features and capabilities. With more than 100 million lines of code in an average car’s electronic architecture, developers face immense pressure to prototype, test, and validate software while meeting functional safety (ISO 26262) and cybersecurity (ISO 21434) standards.

Grant Courville, Vice President of Product Management and Strategy at BlackBerry QNX, said that arming customers with foundational QNX software products in the cloud is a game-changer for embedded developers. The easy access and scalability offered by the AWS-powered solution will revolutionize development efforts in delivering software-defined vehicles.

At the event, BlackBerry demonstrated how developers can leverage the cloud to streamline the development, testing, and integration of automotive AI-driven solutions that run on automotive-grade hardware within vehicles.

BlackBerry has provided early access versions of the OS in the Cloud project to select OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers like Marelli. The trial period for this cloud-based solution has allowed developers to reduce team ramp-up times significantly and achieve unprecedented development agility.

Marelli, a leading global automotive supplier, has chosen the BlackBerry QNX Neutrino RTOS and Hypervisor to power their Cockpit Domain Controller. This critical in-vehicle system includes Infotainment and Digital Cluster functions. The collaboration between BlackBerry and Marelli aims to accelerate the deployment of integrated Digital Cockpit solutions for major OEMs worldwide.

The partnership with AWS enables BlackBerry to connect with other technology leaders, fostering innovation on the AWS platform. This collaboration also drives meaningful change in automotive development by enabling hardware parity.

Wendy Bauer, General Manager of AWS Automotive, expressed enthusiasm about the potential of the cloud, especially through Graviton2 processors. She highlighted how companies like BlackBerry are making a significant impact and helping enable hardware parity in automotive development.

By expanding its work with AWS and bringing its QNX technology to mission-critical embedded systems developers in the cloud, BlackBerry is positioned to empower developers and industry leaders to revolutionize product development processes and improve time-to-market efficiency. This collaboration will make a substantial impact across multiple industries while driving innovation at scale.

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