QNX Unveils Linux Connectivity Solution for Networking OEMs

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OTTAWA, October 4, 2005 - QNX Software Systems, the leading provider of standards-based system software for the networking market, today announced support for the Transparent Inter Process Communication (TIPC) protocol, the emerging standard for achieving interoperability among operating systems (OSs) in network elements, carrier-grade clusters, and other multiprocessor-based communications systems.Ideal for high-performance, high-availability designs that use a mix of general-purpose and realtime OSs, TIPC offers significantly greater speed and efficiency than TCP/IP, while delivering loss-free message delivery, location transparency, and other advanced features demanded by next-generation communications equipment.

"QNX support for TIPC comes at a critical time, when designers of ATCA and multicore-based communications systems may use Linux for the control plane, but need an RTOS like QNX® Neutrino® to achieve extremely fast and predictable performance on the data plane," said Romain Saha, network segment manager at QNX. "With this new TIPC solution, system designers can leverage the best of the Linux and QNX worlds, while enjoying seamless interoperability between the two."

"We are introducing TIPC support for the same reason that we pioneered adoption of standards like RapidIO, POSIX, and Eclipse: It offers our customers the portability and interoperability of a standards-based solution, while allowing them to leverage the vastly superior performance and reliability of our component-based OS architecture," said Mark Roberts, director of product management at QNX.

A Perfect Complement

TIPC serves as a perfect complement to QNX's native distributed processing, a mature and extremely efficient IPC mechanism that transforms a network of connected QNX-based devices into a logical supercomputer. With QNX distributed processing, an application on any processor can transparently access system services and hardware resources running on any other processor, allowing developers to achieve the ultimate in scalability and fault tolerance. QNX developers can now use TIPC for QNX-to-Linux or QNX-to-VxWorks communications, while still enjoying the superior performance of QNX transparent distributed processing for QNX-to-QNX communications.


The QNX implementation of TIPC will be available in early 2006. For more information, contact your local QNX sales representative or distributor.

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.

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