Unlocking the Power of QNX Neutrino


In the ever-evolving world of technology, the compatibility between software and hardware plays a vital role in maximizing efficiency and unlocking new possibilities. Recently, our team had the pleasure of confirming the compatibility of the DuroPC R500 Series with QNX Neutrino. This compatibility has opened a new realm of possibilities and expanded the horizons of what our customers can achieve, particularly with the ability to host legacy 32-bit PCI and new PCIe expansion cards. In this article, we will delve into the significance of QNX and how its seamless integration with the systems at DuroPC has transformed the computing experience. 

Understanding QNX:

QNX is a real-time operating system (RTOS) known for its reliability, performance, and scalability. Initially developed by QNX Software Systems, it has become widely recognized and used across various industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical, industrial automation, and telecommunications. QNX offers a robust and secure platform that excels in mission-critical systems and environments where failure is not an option.

Powerful Features of QNX:

Real-Time Capabilities: QNX is renowned for its real-time capabilities, enabling it to respond to events and process data with exceptional precision and predictability. This makes it ideal for time-sensitive applications where rapid and reliable responses are crucial.

Micro-kernel Architecture: The micro-kernel architecture of QNX ensures enhanced stability and security. By keeping the kernel small and placing most system services outside of the kernel, the risk of system crashes is minimized, and the system becomes highly resilient to errors.

Scalability: QNX is designed to scale efficiently across various hardware platforms, making it adaptable to systems of all sizes. From resource-constrained embedded devices to multi-core processors and distributed networks, QNX delivers consistent performance and flexibility.

Fault Tolerance: QNX employs fault-tolerant mechanisms that ensure system reliability even in the face of hardware or software failures. It utilizes features such as process isolation, memory protection, and self-recovering subsystems to maintain system integrity and minimize downtime.

Achieving Compatibility:

When DuroPC confirmed the compatibility of these systems with QNX, a new hard-to-find solution was introduced to the marketplace. The process of achieving compatibility involved ensuring that our system’s hardware specifications meet the requirements of our customers as well as QNX Software Systems. These specifications primarily included processor architecture, memory, storage, and input/output interfaces.

Once our team of qualified techs confirmed compatibility, our customer began to install QNX on their DuroPC R500 Series system, following the instructions provided by the QNX Software Systems documentation. The installation process was smooth, and the operating system seamlessly integrated with our hardware, ensuring optimal performance and stability.

DuroPC R500 Series systems compatible with QNX Neutrino:

DuroPC R500-4 4U 6th/7th Gen Core I7, I5, I3 With 4x PCI, 1x PCIex16 (3.0), 2x PCIex

DuroPC R500-3 3U 6th/7th Gen Core I7, I5, I3 With 4x PCI, 1x PCIex16 (3.0), 2x PCIex

DuroPC R500-2 2U 6th/7th Gen Core I7, I5, I3 With 4x PCI, 1x PCIex16 (3.0), 2x PCIex

We also feature this configuration in a tower build:

DuroPC T500 Tower 6th/7th Gen Core I7, I5, I3 With 4x PCI, 1x PCIex16 (3.0), 2x PCIex4


Our customers have tested these Input/output (I/O) cards with the QNX operating system:

Hilshier – CIFx50-RE

Allen-Bradley 1784-PKTXD PCI Bus Communication Card with 2*DH+/RIO & DH-485

Siemens Series 112011 SST-PB3-PCU-2 SST PB3 Card, PROFIBUS DP Master/Slave, 1 and 2 Channel, PCI 3.3/ 5V -DLL/LIB – Control

RocketPort – 5002270 8-Port Low Profile serial port expansion, Universal PCI card, RS-232/422 SOFTWARE SELECTABLE

“Disclaimer: DuroPC is not responsible for the installation of the QNX software.”

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