RIM’s Tablet to Feature QNX Infotainment Software

by on August 20th, 2010 1

As the tablet industry experiences a great surge of consumer demand, joining the mad race of manufacturers trying to grab their share of revenues is, the Blackberry maker, RIM. While the company is yet to announce their tablet device called BlackPad, it is said to have aimed at competing with the very successful Apple iPad, by using technologies employed in BMW audio systems and the Army’s Crusher tank.

The sources reveal that the tablet will run on software developed by QNX Software Systems,   RIM bought from Harman International


Industries Inc. for $200 million in April.  During the acquisition, the Waterloo, Ontario based company had announced to use its QNX software to “further integrate and enhance the user experience between smartphones and in-vehicle audio and infotainment systems.”

Bloomberg currently does not have much of details about how will RIM benefit from this technology by using it in the Blackpad. However it does outline the probability of RIM using the QNX technology, to take advantage of the independent software developers who create applications for QNX. QNX is currently used by BMW as in-vehicle navigation while the U.S. Army has it installed in Crusher tanks.

According to the previous reports, RIM’s BlackPad  is scheduled  for launch in November and will feature WiFi technology, BlackBerry’s e-mail system and have similar security for messaging.