Good morning everyone! While this is not directly Blackberry news, it is indirectly RIM news as RIM owns QNX. It was announced today that QNX and Arrow Electronics entered into an agreement to focus on QNX systems in the future. Press release reads as follows:
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Jan 31, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — QNX Software Systems Limited, a leader in software platforms for connected embedded systems, has entered into a distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics, Inc., a global provider of products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial customers. Under the agreement, the companies will focus initially on the distribution of QNX(R) operating system software, development tools, and engineering services to the medical, industrial automation, and general embedded markets in North America.
QNX Software Systems’ flagship product, the QNX(R) Neutrino(R) Realtime Operating System (RTOS), powers a vast array of embedded and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) systems worldwide, including medical devices, Internet routers, wind turbines, nuclear plants, traffic control applications, broadcast automation systems, and railway safety systems. People encounter QNX-controlled systems every day, when they travel, shop, watch TV, use the Internet, or even turn on a light.
“QNX is recognized globally for its highly reliable and flexible software,” said David West, vice president of supplier marketing, Arrow Electronics. “Offering best-in-class products and services, QNX Software Systems is a strategic addition to our distribution portfolio, giving our customers access to software driving innovation in a broad range of industries.”
“We’re pleased to work with Arrow Electronics, whose world-class distribution network and proven track record will help us expand our market opportunities and better align with our joint customers,” stated Andrea Blaylock, director, channel strategies, QNX Software Systems. “The new relationship allows our company to focus more closely on new opportunities for strategic business development.”
QNX Software Systems is working with Arrow in a variety of joint marketing activities, including webinars, seminars, and training sessions. These activities include Arrow’s Machine-to-Machine (M2M) seminar series, which is designed to help companies understand how to incorporate M2M technology into their business strategies.
Here is a little blurb on Arrow from their own website
“Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions, with 2010 sales of $18.7 billion. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for over 1,200 suppliers and 115,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 340 locations in 52 countries.
A Fortune 200 company with 12,700 employees worldwide, Arrow brings technology solutions to a breadth of markets, including telecommunications, information systems, transportation, medical, industrial and consumer electronics.
Arrow provides specialized services and expertise across the product lifecycle. Arrow does this by connecting customers to the right technology at the right place at the right time and at the right price.
Arrow provides extraordinary value to customers and suppliers – the best technology companies in the world – and connects them through the company’s industry-leading services.”
Seems like a pretty sweet deal for QNX… which means its a pretty sweet deal with RIM