RIM acquires QNX, beefing up in-car audio and "infotainment"

RIM acquires QNX, beefing up in-car audio and "infotainment"

Summary: Research in Motion is making a play for the automotive market, announcing today its acquisition of QNX Software Systems from Harman International. QNX brings an open platform operating system to the game and RIM is looking to advance it in the automotive world.

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Research in Motion is making a play for the automotive market, announcing today its acquisition of QNX Software Systems from Harman International. QNX brings an open platform operating system to the game and RIM is looking to advance it in the automotive world.

In a statement, RIM President and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said:

RIM is excited about the planned acquisition of QNX Software Systems and we look forward to ongoing collaboration between Harman, QNX and RIM to further integrate and enhance the user experience between smartphones and in-vehicle audio and infotainment systems. In addition to our interests in expanding the opportunities for QNX in the automotive sector and other markets, we believe the planned acquisition of QNX will also bring other value to RIM in terms of supporting certain unannounced product plans for intelligent peripherals, adding valuable intellectual property to RIM's portfolio and providing long-term synergies for the companies based on the significant and complementary OS expertise that exists within the RIM and QNX teams today.

The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in about 30-45 days. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Topics: Software, Enterprise Software, Legal, Operating Systems, BlackBerry

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  • Useless direction for RIM

    Sync is the leader. Ford has a "latest-gen" exclusive, but other versions are being licensed to other automakers.

    Waste of time for RIM.

    How about a proper browser for blackberry? Now there's a potential innovation...
    croberts
  • RE: RIM acquires QNX, beefing up in-car audio and

    Gee, that was only two sentences, but very long winded ones. Why do all of these acquisition statements have the word "excited" in them? Are we supposed to be excited becuase the company (at least the CEO) is excited?
    cjc5447
  • From John Gruber...

    at [u]www.daringfireball.net[/u]: "This article posits that
    the deal is about tying BlackBerries to car navigation
    systems. I think that might be selling it far short ? QNX is
    a serious kernel. This might be about the future of the
    BlackBerry OS. I.e. that QNX might be to RIM what NeXT
    was to Apple."

    I think he may be right. This gives RIM a tool with great
    possibilities.
    msalzberg