QNX to Accelerate Development of Network Elements with Support for New Intel® Network Processors

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Feb. 26, 2002 - Eliminating further time-to-market barriers for networking equipment makers, QNX Software Systems today announced that it will integrate support for Intel® network processors into the QNX® RTOS, including the new Intel IXP2800, IXP2400 and IXP425 network processors.

Networking OEMs are under constant pressure from service providers to deliver infrastructure products that can scale to handle continuously growing network topology, larger routing tables and differentiated services. The combination of Intel network processors with an integrated development and runtime platform like the QNX RTOS enables networking OEMs to reduce their development cycles and bring their solutions to market in considerably less time.

With off-the-shelf, reprogrammable devices like Intel's network processors, OEMs can focus more time on core competencies such as product innovation without having to spend 12 to 18 months rolling out specialized, homegrown ASICs. As a member of the Intel® Internet Exchange Architecture Developer Network, QNX is focused on providing a flexible, portable, and easy-to-use software foundation for Intel's network processor family.

"QNX is further extending its reach in the networking and communications market segments by developing a tight coupling with the data plane in our new network processors," said Doug Davis, general manager of the Network Processor Division at Intel. "By developing support for our new network processors, QNX will help enable our customers to get to market faster and lower their development costs."

"Equipment vendors are at a crossroads to not only develop increasingly complex products but to also bring them to market faster than ever," said Pierre Charron, business development manager for NetComs at QNX Software Systems. "QNX provides a lean, robust, and optimized software platform ready to use out of the box for developing high-end IP, optical, and storage networking products at low cost and in minimal time. As QNX migrates RTOS support to the next-generation of Intel's network processors, vendors can anticipate unprecedented development power and convenience."

The Intel IXP2800, IXP2400, and IXP425 network processors can dramatically accelerate packet or cell processing through the use of software pipeline technology that enables the processing load to be distributed among multiple processing engines. Capable of processing data at speeds exceeding 10 gigabits per second (Gbps), the new network processors are used in networking equipment to rapidly manage and direct data moving across the Internet and corporate networks. Unlike application-specific alternatives, network processors are fully programmable to extend the life of networking elements.

About QNX Software Systems
Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is the industry leader in realtime, microkernel OS technology. The inherent reliability, scalable architecture, and small memory footprint of the QNX RTOS make it the most trusted foundation for future-ready applications in the networking, automotive, industrial, and smart device markets. Customers worldwide like Cisco, Delphi, Siemens, Alcatel, Sony, Texaco, and Ford already depend on the QNX RTOS for network routers, medical devices, intelligent transportation systems, safety and security systems, next-generation robotics, and other mission-critical applications. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, QNX Software Systems maintains offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, and distributes its products in more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com

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