QNX Safety Critical IEC 61508 Certification Support Package

QNX Software Systems introduced their IEC 61508 Certification Support Package for safety-critical systems. The IEC 61508 Certification Support Package helps engineers navigate the complexities of the rigorous certification process, up to and including SIL 3. The IEC 61508 Certification Support Package and its associated services will be available in June 2010.

The IEC 61508 Certification Support Package combines QNX Software Systems’ certification expertise with data to support the certification process. It also provides guidance on an effective strategy for achieving IEC 61508 certification, up to and including SIL 3, for systems based on the QNX Neutrino RTOS. The support package is designed for developers building safety-critical systems in the automotive, industrial, medical, networking, and defense industries.

The IEC 61508 Certification Support Package includes consulting services and a manual, which provide professional knowledge and expertise based on years of experience in QNX technology, process-oriented development, and certification audits. The package also provides documented data, which can serve as important building blocks for a customer’s certification program.

IEC 61508, defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission, is an international standard for the functional safety of electronic systems. Meeting IEC 61508 requirements involves a systematic assessment by an independent certification body. QNX Software Systems is currently in the process of having the QNX Neutrino RTOS certified to IEC 61508 safety integrity level 3, or SIL 3.

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