Symmetry Offers NI Measurement Hardware Driver Kit for QNX Neutrino

9/17/2003 - Symmetry Innovations Pty Ltd announced the availability of the National Instruments (NI) Measurement Hardware Driver Development Kit (DDK) for QNX Neutrino v6.x. Symmetry Innovations will promote the solution globally with full product support.

"The availability of NI's measurement hardware DDK continues to enhance QNX Neutrino's long-standing reputation as the platform of choice for control applications requiring deterministic reliability," said Kimm Krueger, director, Indirect Channels, QNX Software Systems. "Symmetry's implementation provides support for the extensive range of NI data acquisition hardware, resulting in flexible options for control systems that rely on QNX OS technology."

Symmetry Innovations first developed the software for a major defence contractor in the Australian market. The software takes full advantage of the QNX microkernel architecture for a reliable and flexible solution for customers.

"National Instruments DAQ hardware opens a wide variety of options to deliver on customer requirements," said Robert Cameron, managing director at Symmetry Innovations. "Based on the Linux measurement hardware DDK, it has been tuned specifically for QNX and enhanced to support the DAQCard (PC card) versions of the NI hardware, in addition to the standard PCI card support."

NI's data acquisition systems feature low-end to high-end hardware, supporting up to 1.25 million samples per second - on analog and digital I/O. The measurement hardware DDK provides full source code and example programs.

"QNX has a strongly developed history in control systems," said Jeremy Carter, managing director of National Instruments Oceania. "We are pleased that Symmetry Innovations' solution allows developers using the QNX Neutrino OS to choose our DAQ hardware for their control applications."

"Our next release will implement our IO-ADC framework, which will provide access to the hardware through a standard QNX resource manager - resulting in maximum flexibility and inherent scalability from single to multinode control systems," said Robert Cameron.

Pricing and Availability
The measurement hardware DDK for QNX Neutrino is available through Symmetry Innovations' Longreach Support Plan, priced at US$1995.00. Pricing for the IO-ADC resource manager will be at an additional cost when available. For ordering information contact Symmetry Innovations (

NI's data acquisition system hardware is available through National Instruments online at, or through NI Australia: PH 1 800 300 800, FX (02) 8572-5290, E-Mail and NI New Zealand: PH 0800 553 322, FX 09 914 0487, E-Mail

Established in 1997, Symmetry Innovations is a leading embedded technology vendor and service provider in Australasia, addressing a wide range of requirements across many market sectors. Through its technology expertise and products, Symmetry has assisted in many successful customer projects - including solar farms, pumping systems, routers, navigation systems, plant control systems, autonomous vehicles, and medical devices. Symmetry is part of the QNX Solutions Network. Visit

Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is an industry leader in realtime, microkernel OS technology. The company has established a strong customer base in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, automotive telematics, medical instrumentation, and process control. QNX products are distributed in over 100 countries worldwide. Visit

National Instruments ( is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation - a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for customers worldwide through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2002, the company sold products to more than 25,000 different companies in more than 80 countries around the world. For the past four consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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