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RIM buys Ottawa's QNX Software

Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, has bought Ottawa-based QNX Software Systems in a deal that will boost wireless offerings in the automotive sector.

Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, has bought Ottawa-based QNX Software Systems in a deal that will boost wireless offerings in the automotive sector.

No purchase price was disclosed in an announcement Friday.

QNX's technology supports wireless broadband services like internet radio, video-on-demand and GPS navigation for vehicles.

QNX, a division of Connecticut-based Harman International, says its technology has been licensed for more than 17 million in-vehicle systems worldwide. One of its best-known developments is its Neutrino open platform operating system for embedded applications. 

"RIM is excited about the planned acquisition of QNX Software Systems and we look forward to ongoing collaboration between Harman, QNX and RIM to further integrate and enhance the user experience between smartphones and in-vehicle audio and infotainment systems," said RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis in a release.

Laziridis said the acquisition of QNX will also "bring other value to RIM in terms of supporting certain unannounced product plans for intelligent peripherals."  It wasn't clear what these "intelligent peripherals" might be.

The deal is subject to regulatory approval, which should take 45 days.