David Neal

V3.co.uk, 23 Aug 2010


The rumoured BlackBerry tablet device dubbed the BlackPad will run an operating system that can also be found in a new US Army robot vehicle and the latest BMW cars, according to reports.

Speculation about the BlackPad first emerged at the end of July, when a Bloomberg report said Blackberry maker RIM was planning to launch a tablet with a 9.7″ touch screen as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity that would cost around £315.

US Military Crusher

Now, a new report on the news wire has revealed details of the operating system at the heart of the tablet – the existence of which has yet to be confirmed by RIM.

Bloomberg saidthat in an effort to distance the BlackPad from other tablets, most obviously the Apple iPad, RIM has opted to use QNX Software Systems’ operating system rather than its own forthcoming Blackberry OS6.

“The yet-to-be-announced tablet will run on software developed by QNX Software Systems, which RIM bought from Harman International Industries Inc. for $200m in April,” said the report.

As well as BMW cars, the software is being used in the US Army’s new Crusher all-terrain autonomous vehicle.

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