RIM to use QNX-developed custom OS for its forthcoming “BlackPad” tablet

RIM to use QNX-developed custom OS for its forthcoming “BlackPad” tabletAccording to a recent Bloomberg report, citing unnamed sources ‘in the know,’ Research In Motion (RIM) is looking to give its forthcoming “BlackPad” tablet device a competitive edge over the Apple iPad, by using a custom OS that has been developed by its April-acquired QNX Software Systems.

QNX Software Systems – RIM’s $200 million acquisition from Harman International Industries – is well-known for its real-time operating system (RTOS) software that is widely used in automotive navigation systems, cardiac monitors, networking hardware, and even Army’s Crusher tanks.

Though the Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM had reportedly acquired QNX to drive tighter integration with cars and other smart appliances, three separate sources have informed Bloomberg that the company will power its yet-to-be-announced “BlackPad” tablet with an OS based on QNX’s RTOS and geared exclusively for the tablet.

The use of the QNX technology for the “BlackPad” – which will likely hit the markets in November - will help RIM take advantage of the independent software developers who already create applications for QNX; thereby allowing the company to further cash in on its BlackBerry smartphone’s popularity with corporate customers.

As per the information forwarded by one of the sources, the “BlackPad” will help RIM capitalize on its strength with corporate customers, especially with the tablet’s e-mail service, which will be closely integrated with the BlackBerry’s e-mail system and will have similar security for messaging.