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Hypervisor software speeds development of secure medical devices

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By Rich Pell


The QNX Hypervisor 2.2 for Safety is designed to enable the healthcare industry to deliver safe, secure medical devices and applications to market faster. In addition to being certified to the latest ISO 26262 ASIL D standard for automotive and IEC 61508 SIL3 for electronic systems, the QNX Hypervisor 2.2 for Safety is recognized with the highest functional safety standard for medical device software – IEC 62304 Class C compliance – from the independent auditors at TÜV Rheinland.

The new release, says the company, comes at a time of increased U.S. regulatory scrutiny following the revelation of numerous medical device security vulnerabilities as of late, with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) releasing draft cybersecurity guidance on medical devices alongside the introduction of two new pieces of legislation – the Protecting and Transforming Cyber Health Care (PATCH) Act and the Healthcare Cybersecurity Act, all of which seek to proactively strengthen cybersecurity healthcare protections and protect lives.

“Medical device manufacturers operate in an environment filled with intense market pressures, stringent safety regulations and concerns about cyberthreats,” says Grant Courville, Vice President, Products and Strategy at BlackBerry QNX. “BlackBerry QNX solutions are used in more than 50 types of medical devices and with the release of the QNX Hypervisor 2.2 for Safety, embedded developers have a software foundation that they can continue to count on which has been specifically designed for safety, security and reliability, enabling them to overcome many challenges at once.”

With the QNX Hypervisor 2.2 for Safety, says the company, medical device manufacturers and other embedded system suppliers are empowered with ultimate design flexibility and scalability to consolidate multiple systems with mixed criticality and different operating environments onto a single hardware platform, reducing both the initial development and long-term costs of ownership for a wide variety of embedded systems in industries such as industrial, automotive, transportation, heavy machinery, rail and robotics and more.

The company has a broad portfolio of embedded system software designed for mission-critical implementations, including the QNX Hypervisor and the QNX Neutrino Real-time Operating System, in addition to middleware and development tools. Safety-certified variants of the QNX OS for Safety are also available.

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