QNX OS for Safety

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The QNX® OS for Safety is assessed to be compliant with two functional safety standards: ISO 26262 at ASIL D and IEC 61508 SIL3. It provides a reliable platform on which application developers can build safety critical systems that must meet the most stringent functional safety requirements in a variety of markets including, automotive, industrial automation, energy generation and railway transportation. Its predecessor is the QNX OS for Automotive Safety.

The current version of the product is based on QNX SDP 6.5.0 SP1 and contains the following components:

The product is supported on multiple hardware platforms, including x86 and ARM platforms with multi-core capabilities through SMP.

Functional safety management

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Functional safety management is the "language" that connects safety-related applications.


The QNX OS for Safety incorporates many key characteristics required of a safety certified system. These include:

IEC 61508

IEC 61508 codifies practices and standards associated not only with the production of code for mission- and safety- critical systems, but also with the resulting product. IEC 61508 provides recommendations or requirements for:

IEC 61508 provides the basis for many market-specific standards, such as IEC62304 (medical), and the CENELEC EN 5012x series (railway transportation).