QNX Neutrino RTOS Overview
Since 1980, manufacturers have relied on QNX® RTOS technology to power their mission-critical applications everything from medical instruments and Internet routers to telematics devices, 9-1-1 call centers, process control applications, and air traffic control systems. Small or large, simple or distributed, these systems share an unmatched reputation for operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, nonstop. Time-tested and field-proven, the QNX Neutrino RTOS sets the industry standard for reliability, fault tolerance, and scalability.
What makes QNX Neutrino realtime operating system (RTOS) so remarkable? It's a true microkernel operating system. Under QNX Neutrino, every driver, application, protocol stack, and file system runs outside the kernel, in the safety of memory-protected user space. Fault resilience is built right in. As a result, virtually any component can fail and be automatically restarted without affecting other components or the kernel. No other commercial RTOS provides such protection.
The QNX Neutrino RTOS provides a comprehensive, integrated set of technologies to help quickly deliver robust, reliable embedded systems.
- High availability solution
- Process watchdog for application monitoring and recovery, self healing inter-process communications, and restartable device drivers and operating system services
- Virtually any component, even a low-level driver, can fail without damaging the kernel or other components.
- Process model ensures that if a component fails, QNX Neutrino can cleanly terminate it and reclaim any resources it was using no need to reboot.
- Essential networking technologies including IPv4, IPv6, IPSec, FTP, HTTP, SSH, Telnet and more
- Advanced graphics with high performance direct-to-driver architecture 2D and 3D acceleration
- Photon microGUI — a full featured embedded graphical user interface
- Integrated file systems for flash devices and rotating media
- System visibility and debugging support
- Supported by QNX Momentics, the Eclipse based integrated development environment
- Full memory protection where the OS can immediately identify the component responsible, at the exact instruction
- Instrumented kernel and visualization tools that trace system events including interrupts, thread state changes, synchronization, CPU utilization and more
- Scale large or small using only the desired components
- Take advantage of built-in multiprocessing capabilities harness the power of multi-core processors
- Simplify the design of fault-tolerant clusters with built-in transparent distributed processing
- Maximize application portability with extensive support for the POSIX standard, which allows quick migration from Linux, Unix, and other open source programs
- Target the best hardware platform for an embedded system and get up and running quickly with runtime support and BSPs for popular chipsets, including MIPS, PowerPC, SH-4, ARM, StrongArm, XScale, and x86
- Field-tested binaries drivers, applications, custom OS services, and so on can be reused across entire product lines.
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