Working with QNX BSPs

Before you attempt to write a new BSP or modify an existing BSP, it is helpful to know how to use a BSP.

This chapter explains how to use a QNX BSP for the current QNX Neutrino RTOS release. Specifically, this chapter takes you through the tasks you must complete to boot a QNX system on a target platform.


The information presented here is generic; that is, unless otherwise noted, the information is valid for all BSPs for the current QNX Neutrino RTOS release, but may lack some details required for specific boards. For detailed information and instructions for a specific board, see the BSP User's Guide for that board.

BSP's are QNX Neutrino RTOS release-specific as well as hardware-specific. Make sure that you have the BSP for your QNX Neutrino release as well as your hardware platform.

Unless otherwise specified, the instructions in this chapter assume that you are working in the command line on a Linux host.


To get the QNX Neutrino RTOS running on a target platform, you need to:

  1. Install the QNX Software Development Platform (SDP) on a Linux, Mac or Windows host system.
  2. Connect the required cables to your target board, and configure the board DIP switches, if applicable (for specific instructions, see the BSP User's Guide for your board).
  3. Download, extract and build your BSP (see Building a BSP).
  4. Transfer the bootable OS image to your target platform (see Transfering an IFS to a target).

    The method you use to transfer the bootable OS image to your target platform depends on the storage technologies your board supports (bootable SD card or micro SD card, eMMC; see the BSP User's Guide for your board).

  5. Boot the board, and test that the QNX Neutrino RTOS is running on it.

Hardware documentation

Before you begin working with your BSP, you may wish review the documentation for your board's hardware and boot loader. This information is normally provided by the board vendor. The BSP User's Guide provided with every QNX BSP includes, where possible, a link to a vendor web site, or to a third-party site where you'll find general information about your board's hardware and firmware.