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Qt 5 Now Supports QNX

The Qt cross-platform application and user interface (UI) development framework now supports the QNX Neutrino operating system 6.6 in its Qt Enterprise version.

Qt guardian Digia says it will introduce primary platform support for the QNX OS 6.6 in Qt 5.3, which is due in the second quarter of 2014. Digia acquired the commercial licensing business for Qt from Nokia in 2011 and then acquired Qt overall in August 2012.

The QNX Software Development Platform includes the QNX Neutrino RTOS and the QNX Momentics Tool Suite for embedded systems.

The latest release of the QNX OS offers new graphics, UI, multimedia, security, and power management capabilities for building "mobile-class user experiences into embedded systems" for markets such as healthcare, industrial automation, and in-flight entertainment.

Many of these systems increasingly require intuitive and attractive user interfaces that deliver the level of performance and functionality now common in smartphones and tablets.

Qt is now capable of working for developers to produce visually appealing ergonomic systems that benefit from native system performance that can be deployed on multiple platforms with little or no code changes.

Grant Courville, director of product management at QNX Software Systems, commented, "We have a lot of experience with Qt and we are thrilled to work with Digia to ensure the availability of Qt Enterprise and associated support to our customers and partners. We have expanded our in-house Qt team and plan to further increase the contributions that QNX Software Systems makes to the Qt code base. We welcome Digia's close cooperation, which is illustrated by its demonstration of Qt on the QNX OS 6.6 on the day of its launch."

Juhapekka Niemi, VP, sales & marketing, Digia, Qt, added: "Qt and the QNX OS are leading technologies and successful in many of the same fast-growing application areas, including automotive. Combining the most advanced versions of development framework and platform will deliver productivity and performance benefits for developers and amazing user experiences for their end customers."

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