Harman International purchases QNX Software Systems

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Washington, DC—QNX Software Systems recently accepted an offer to be bought by Harman International Industries Inc., which makes Harman Kardon, JBL, and Becker audio speakers and other products.

11/22/2004


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Washington, DC— QNX Software Systems recently accepted an offer to be bought by Harman International Industries Inc. , which makes Harman Kardon, JBL, and Becker audio speakers and other products. QNX reports that the acquisition will accelerate its growth, and help it become the preferred operating system for advanced embedded applications.

Harman reports one of the main reasons for its purchase was QNX's Neutrino real-time operating system (RTOS). Both companies expect an expanding role for the RTOS, especially in the automotive market, and plan to establish QNX Neutrino as the de facto standard in that industry. They adds that bringing QNX under Harman's umbrella will allow each to contribute to this process, and speed up innovation in the industry.

QNX and Harman say their agreement comes at a time when sophisticated software systems are becoming the foundation of an increasing number of integrated devices, including infotainment systems, smart phones, and networking gear. QNX adds that having Harman as its parent company will help it continue its leadership in these critical areas; push the industry forward; and ensure that its users benefit from its new resources and influence.

Under the terms of the agreement, QNX will operate as a separate Harman division, and will continue to be led by its existing management team, including its co-founder and CEO, Dan Dodge. All of QNX's offices and operations will remain in place, and will continue to serve and grow QNX's target markets, including automotive, networking, medical instrumentation, and industrial control. As is the established practice in Harman's other subsidiaries, QNX will continue to provide advanced software and engineering services to all of its existing customers, including Harman's competitors.

'My vision for QNX remains steadfast. We will remain the top brand for OS reliability, the proving ground for innovation, and a fiercely customer-centric organization,' says Dodge. 'Together with Harman, we will continue our leadership, setting new standards for performance and reliability that will benefit embedded developers, OEMs, and consumers across all industries.' Bernard Girod, Harman's CEO, adds that, 'With its deep experience in the automotive, networking, medical, and general embedded markets, QNX brings a rich portfolio of technology and expertise to the Harman family, creating new synergies and market opportunities. We're excited to contribute to QNX's ongoing growth and success, at a time when the need and demand for its operating system technology is accelerating worldwide.'

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor
jmontague@reedbusiness.com





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Controller programming; Safety networks; Enclosure design; Power quality; Safety integrity levels; Increasing process efficiency
Additive manufacturing benefits; HMI and sensor tips; System integrator advice; Innovations from the industry
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me