QNX released the much anticipated 6.2.1 version of their QNX Momentics Development Suite (Standard and Professional Editions) at Embedded World in Nuernberg. The non-commercial (NC) version is expected to be released by month end. Press release here.
The newest version of QNX Photon microGUI will enable multi-layered graphical interfaces which allows embedded developers to create sophisticated GUIs that display a mix of static and dynamic content. The multi-layer support will be available in the latest rollout of QNX Neutrino RTOS.
With QNX 6.2.1 there are many new features. One of them is a new multi-media system. Screenshots of one of the first apps to use this system can be found on QNXZone.
From QNXZone: QNX Software Systems has released the Patch A for all versions of QNX Momentics. There is no readme or changelog available, so the only information available on what is included in the patch is from the short summary on QDN that reads as follows: "It provides enhancements and addresses some of the general issues pertaining to Voyager, Phplay, and Photon microGUI".
Here you can find the latest updates to QNX Momentics. These packages contain software to update your development environment. For the NC version, you would be able to download the PhShutdown and PhLocale Security patches and a Package Filesystem patch.
Linux on XBox made quite a progress lately, but now, Jeremy Penner of Astra Network has managed to get QNX 6.2 to boot on his Sega Dreamcast. It only took Jeremy a couple days to get it booting 6.2. Read about it at QNXZone.
QNXZone reports that the eQip Project has recently gone open source and it is available via anonymous CVS. The eQip project supports several models of the HP/Compaq iPaq PDA, and rumour has it that the Sharp Zaurus has been running QNX on the test bench. Plenty of screenshots here.
After many months of waiting, QNX RtP (now called QNX Momentics) 6.2 is released. The new version has many fixes, new features and more device driver support. It requires a PIII-650 or better (however, I have successfully ran its beta on a 233 Mhz PC with 64 MB RAM a few months ago), 128MB RAM and 1 GB disk space. QNX Momentics' primary target are embedded developers instead of end users. Please note that QNX 6.2 does not support anymore the FAT32-installed QNX boot image, but instead, it requires its own partition. The ISO available for download is 195 MB. You can read our world exclusive preview of QNX 6.2 we published last January, here.
Embedded developers who choose the QNX RTOS for its unmatched reliability will soon have another reason to use QNX technology: significantly faster development cycles. This is all thanks to the new QNX integrated development environment (IDE), to be showcased next week at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in San Francisco. Show attendees can have a sneak peek at this QNX offering in booth #818.
"In a showdown with Microsoft Windows CE, the QNX RTOS once again defended its position as the most powerful and reliable realtime operating systems for embedded developers. According to a study by Dedicated Systems Experts, the QNX RTOS v6.1 significantly outperformed Windows CE 3.0 in several tests." Read the rest of the press release at QNX.
QNX is an operating system that all of us have used, but few of us realize it when we do. The OS was created in the early 1980's by QNX Software Systems, a Canadian company, but the version we are previewing today (unreleased yet, version 6.2), based on the Neutrino kernel, was pretty much (re)written from scratch some years ago. QNX is used everywhere, from VCRs, to DVDs, to medical machinery and even satellites and space shuttles. Many of you maybe even have tried the old demodisk, a demo of the QNX4 RTOS, plus the previous version of the Photon GUI, fitting in a single 1.44 floppy. The desktop-enhanced version of QNX RtP (free for non-commercial use) runs on almost all modern x86 CPUs, and if we judge from the following screenshots, it looks pretty good for an embedded system OS.
"Since qnxZone was launched, I have been thinking that the stories of some of the long time QNX users may be of interest to the community. As one of the longer time (older) users, I figured I would start it off. Now this story starts in 1986, but in order for it to make more sense, you have to go back to the late '70s when I was in high school. I went to high school with Dan Hildebrand, who went on to become a significant player in the QNX community. We went to school in Winnipeg, but after high school I joined the Canadian Military and took off for other parts of the country. I lost touch with Dan other than the occasional contact when I was back in Winnipeg visiting family and such. By 1986 I was stationed in Victoria, BC, going to university under a program in the military." Read the rest of the story at QNXZone.
"This report is a real-time performance and robustness evaluation of the QNX v6.1 RTOS from QNX Software Systems Ltd. Aside from the standard performance tests, the test suite has now been expanded with several stress tests. The evaluation report covers the following topics: Theoretical study of the architecture, API, tools, development method, Interrupt Handling, Thread Handling (thread creation, thread switch latency, Synchronization mechanisms (semaphores, mutexes, priority inversion), File system performance, Network stack performance, Advanced Interrupt Handling (two simultaneous interrupts, nested interrupts, maximum sustainable interrupt frequency, ...), Memory leak detection, Real-time performance monitoring with varying system loads." Download the free report at Dedicated-Systems.com.
The latest stable version of XFree86, 4.1.0, was ported to QNX RtP by a small team of developers. The team also ported other tools as well, like a VNC server, Nedit and the LessTiff Gui Toolkit. Get the archives from SourceForge.
QSSL has released patch A for QNX 6.1. The patch can be obtained from the standard QNX repository (mind you, you have to be able to connect to the Internet with QNX to get the patch, as it is obtainable with the QNX download manager only). Release notes can be found here.
The QNX RtP 6.1.0 microkernel (which also runs on PCs) and its Photon micro GUI have been ported to the Compaq PDA solution, the iPaq. The screenshots look very attractive indeed, we just hope that the QNX team add some more software in it, like a Calendar, Contacts or a Todo list which are undoubtly, very useful applications for a PDA.