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Advantech Forms Strategic Alliance with QNX to Deliver Realtime OS Solutions for Embedded Platforms

Advantech to provide pre-integrated solutions for customers building medical devices, industrial automation systems, and other QNX-based embedded applications.

March 20, 2015 Advantech, a leading provider of embedded platforms and services, and QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, today announced that Advantech has entered into an agreement with QNX to distribute pre-integrated solutions for customers building medical devices, industrial automation systems, transportation control systems, and other mission-critical embedded applications.

As a QNX distributor, Advantech will bundle the QNX Neutrino OS and QNX Momentics Tool Suite with a broad range of Advantech platforms, including single board computers, industrial motherboards, computer-on-modules, and fanless embedded box PCs. The platforms will also support Advantechs SUSI application programming interface (API), which allows applications to monitor system temperature and voltage, set alarms, conserve power, adjust video brightness, and perform a variety of other functions.

The QNX Neutrino OS offers all of the building blocks to create modern embedded devices, from hard realtime performance and advanced security features to graphics frameworks, multimedia support, and mobile-device connectivity all based on QNX Software Systems 35 years of experience in the embedded industry, said Angus Hsu, director of Embedded Computing Sector, Advantech. By offering pre-integrated support for QNX Neutrino across a full line of Advantech products, we can help developers in multiple industries get a jump-start on their embedded projects.

Were excited to have Advantech on board as a distributor. They have a global footprint, a comprehensive product portfolio, proven QNX experience, and extensive industry partnerships all the right ingredients to support our growing reach internationally, said Tom Keyserlingk, director of global sales, QNX Software Systems.

Companies in the medical, industrial, automotive, networking, and mobile markets use the QNX Neutrino OS to build products with the highest levels of reliability, performance, and security. The OS has been certified to several international standards, including IEC 61508 SIL 3 (industrial safety), ISO 26262 ASIL 4 (automotive safety), and the POSIX PSE52 Realtime Controller profile (portability and determinism); it also complies with IEC 62304 (medical device software). Visit the QNX Software Systems website to learn how QNX-based systems make a difference in everyday life.

About Advantech
Founded in 1983, Advantech is a leader in providing trusted, innovative products, services, and solutions. Advantech offers comprehensive system integration, hardware, software, customer-centric design services, embedded systems, automation products, and global logistics support. We cooperate closely with our partners to help provide complete solutions for a wide array of applications across a diverse range of industries. Our mission is to enable an intelligent planet with Automation and Embedded Computing products and solutions that empower the development of smarter working and living. With Advantech, there is no limit to the applications and innovations our products make possible. (Corporate Website: http://www.advantech.com/).

About Advantech Embedded Core Services
Advantech Embedded Core Services offers design-in oriented services. These streamlined solutions broadly integrate embedded boards, peripheral modules and software. This dedicated focus on Embedded Design-in services fulfills electronic engineering demands at their design-in phase, and brings benefits that shorten the design and integration cycle, minimizing uncertainty and risk. http://www.advantech.com/EmbCore

About QNX Software Systems
QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, is a leading vendor of operating systems, middleware, development tools, and professional services for connected embedded systems. Global leaders such as Audi, Siemens, General Electric, Cisco, and Lockheed Martin depend on QNX technology for their in-car electronics, medical devices, industrial automation systems, network routers, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Visit www.qnx.com, follow @QNX_News on Twitter, and visit www.facebook.com/QNXSoftwareSystems. For updates on the companys automotive work, follow @QNX_Auto and visit qnxauto.blogspot.com

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY; TSX:BB)revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Visit blackberry.com/.

Primary Media Contact Editorial Contact, QNX
Advantech Co., Ltd./Product Marketing
Crystal.Hsu
+886-2-2792-7818 # 9291
crystal.hsu@advantech.com.tw
QNX Media Relations
1-613-591-0931
qnxmediarelations@qnx.com



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