RIM is turning to QNX Software Systems for its BlackBerry tablet operating system, a company RIM acquired in April that is best known for automotive and industrial software but counts Cisco Systems as one of its customers.
According to Bloomberg, which broke the story, QNX software is used across a broad array or industries, which may be why RIM is tapping it for its tablet and not using the new BlackBerry 6. This can potentially give RIM an edge with third party applications and software development. QNX software is found in BMW and Porsche automobiles for media and navigation, as well as heart monitors, nuclear power plants and weapons systems.
The report also cites legacy code as reason for the move, speculating it might have been easier to start from scratch with QNX than adapt BlackBerry 6.
According to Bloomberg, the BlackPad, the rumored BlackBerry tablet name, will support WiFi and be able to connect via Bluetooth to a BlackBerry for a cellular connection. It will have the same approximate size and shape as the iPad, but be geared toward corporate users with secure messaging and email functionality. Other rumors suggest a $499 price tag.