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Research in Motion (RIM), makers of the BlackBerry, have just finalized a deal to acquire QNX Software Systems from Harman International.

QNX is a company that offers middleware, development tools and other products aimed at embedded platforms — that might not sound that cool, but it actually makes its acquisition extremely interesting.

RIM’s announcement emphasizes the work that QNX does in the automotive sector. While this isn’t an area that RIM has really explored before, QNX could be a great way to get in on the platform. Plus, as we’ve seen with the latest upgrades to the Ford SYNC system, the connected car can look very similar to existing mobile platforms.

Earlier this week, we showcased a video featuring the first car installation of an iPad. I know I’m not the only person who went “bingo, that’s the future.” Ubiquitous connectivity can extend beyond just the smartphone, and by acquiring a company that already has a foothold in that space, RIM can enter the market at a much better position.

Furthermore, the IP involved at QNX includes a real-time operating system that runs on a very lean micro-kernel. Any technology that could make RIM devices (hand-held or otherwise) run more efficiently and with better memory performance is a good thing.

What do you think about RIM’s latest move? Do you have any predictions about the future of connected cars? Lets us know!

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Tags: blackberry, connected car, ford sync, qnx, RIM