MEN Announces QNX BSP Support for Its PowerQUICC III Board Family

Submitted by newsagent on

Nuremberg, Germany, October 4, 2005 - With the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS available for its Freescale PowerQUICC™ III board family, MEN can now offer BSP support for another high-performance and reliable realtime operating system in the industrial embedded market. MEN's PowerQUICC™ III family comprises five different single-board computers and is based on 6U VME, 3U, and 6U CompactPCI and System-On-Module (ESM™) platforms. The board portfolio has been designed for multiple high-performance communication needs and is especially suited for rugged environments. All PowerQUICC III solutions feature on-board FPGAs for application-specific I/O extensions.

"MEN appreciates the QNX Neutrino RTOS as an extremely fail-safe operating system that supports both Pentium and PowerPC platforms, and thus makes a perfect fit with MEN's product strategy and target markets," says Barbara Schmitz, marketing director at MEN Mikro Elektronik.

A true microkernel operating system, the QNX Neutrino RTOS offers advanced memory protection, distributed processing, symmetric multiprocessing, POSIX APIs, a dynamically upgradeable architecture, and industry-leading realtime performance.

"For over twenty-five years, developers of industrial control and process automation systems have been choosing QNX technology for its true realtime performance, exceptional fault tolerance, and rich support for off-the-shelf platforms such as MEN's PowerQUICC family of single-board computers," said Linda Campbell, director of strategic alliances at QNX Software Systems. "By taking advantage of this new BSP support, system developers can now combine the world's most advanced RTOS with rugged, high-performance hardware platforms that have been proven in demanding industrial environments."

Meet with MEN Mikro Elektronik and QNX Software Systems at the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in Munich, Oct. 18-19, 2005. (For more information and online registration visit:

About MEN

Our mission is to provide embedded computing and I/O solutions for demanding industrial applications in a more innovative, reliable, and flexible way than any competition.

MEN Mikro Elektronik develops and produces standard and custom board-level solutions qualified for highly reliable operation in industrial embedded applications and harsh environments.

The standard product range contains by far more than 100 different standard computer boards and systems with corresponding BIOS, BSP, and driver software based on different PowerPC and Pentium platforms such as ESM - Embedded System Modules, PCI/104 Modules, 6U and 3U VMEbus and CompactPCI/PXI, M-Modules - industrial mezzanine I/O standard for all platforms, PC-MIP, and PMC - PCI based mezzanine standards for computer I/O.

The products are used as control, measuring, test, or simulation computers in transportation (railways, ships, buses, commercial vehicles), automotive industry, mechanical engineering and aerospace technology, medical industry, military engineering, and telecommunications.

Founded in 1982 in Nuremberg, MEN has more than 120 employees. Export has a share of about 50% of the globally active company with subsidiaries in France, the United Kingdom, and the USA.

About QNX Software Systems

QNX Software Systems, a Harman International company (NYSE: HAR), is the industry leader in realtime, embedded OS technology. The component-based architectures of the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS and QNX® Momentics® development suite together provide the industry's most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, DaimlerChrysler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, medical instruments, vehicle telematics units, security and defense systems, industrial robotics, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide.

Reader Information

Editorial Contacts

Paul Leroux
QNX Software Systems
+1 613 591-0931

QNX and Neutrino are registered trademarks of QNX Software Systems in certain jurisdictions.