Earlier this year RIM acquired a company called QNX Software Systems, and siting several anonymous sources, Bloomberg reports the BlackPad tablet will actually be running entirely new software developed by QNX.
QNX has a track record of producing software for in-car systems as well as medical, industrial, and other products. The in-car systems are probably the most interesting, since these are general consumer electronics devices for controlling music, media, and navigation systems. Those are some of the things you would expect a handheld tablet computer to be good at.
But the BlackPad will also reportedly feature a web browser, BlackBerry email integration, and the ability to connect tot he internet over WiFi or by sharing an internet connection with a BlackBerry mobile phone.