QNX Launches Milestone Release of QNX Neutrino RTOS and QNX Momentics Tool Suite

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News at a Glance...

  • New RTOS features include fail-safe file system, BSD 4.0 TCP/IP stack, 802.11 a/b/g wireless networking, POSIX certification, and enhanced support for ARM, Renesas SH-4, and Freescale processors.
  • Tool enhancements include high-resolution application profiler, JTAG debugging, GNU 4.2.4 toolchain, Eclipse platform 3.3, and Eclipse CDT 4.0.x.
  • RTOS achieves significantly faster performance through new networking stack and variable page sizes for the Memory Management Unit (MMU).
  • First major QNX product release developed on Foundry27, the QNX community development portal.
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    OTTAWA, November 3, 2008 — QNX Software Systems today announced the commercial availability of release 6.4.0, the latest version of the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS and QNX Momentics® Tool Suite. The first major product developed under QNX Software Systems’ innovative hybrid software model, release 6.4.0 introduces several technologies to maximize the performance, reliability, and portability of embedded systems for the automotive, industrial control, networking, military, and medical industries.

    With release 6.4.0, the QNX Neutrino RTOS now offers a fail-safe file system to protect critical data in the event of a sudden power failure or shutdown; a dramatically faster networking stack that supports BSD 4.0 TCP/IP; variable page size tuning for faster OS performance; certification to the POSIX PSE52 standard for greater source-code portability; 802.11 a/b/g wireless networking; improved ARMv6 memory management and vector floating point math support for ARM11 processors; symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) support for the Renesas 7786 processor; and e500 SMP support for the Freescale MPC8572 processor. In addition, QNX Software Systems has entered the QNX Neutrino 6.4.0 microkernel for Common Criteria certification to the Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL4+).

    The QNX Momentics Tools Suite also offers significant enhancements, including a high-resolution application profiler that detects sluggish areas of application code through both instrumentation and statistical sampling; support for the latest versions of the GNU toolchain (4.2.4) and Eclipse CDT (4.0.x); and JTAG debugging.

    Release 6.4.0 is the first major QNX product to be developed “live” on Foundry27, the development portal where customers and other QNX community members can access new software features and patches in real time, download OS source code, and participate in the development of QNX products. Since its launch in September 2007, the QNX Foundry27 community has grown to more than 20,000 members, with multiple customer, partner, and employee projects underway, and several active forums with large numbers of posts each month.

    By participating in Foundry27, customers and other community members can provide feedback on new software features as the features are being developed; they can also download new features and patches as soon as they become available — there’s no need to wait for a major product release.

    “A year ago, QNX launched its hybrid software model, an innovative approach that allows commercial software to be developed out in the open, so that customers can participate in the development process — much as they would in an open source project,” said Kerry Johnson, director of product management, QNX Software Systems. “The success of Foundry27 is proof that customers, technology partners, hobbyists, and educational organizations worldwide have embraced the model, and release 6.4.0, with its many new customer-driven features, is a testament to the model’s success.”

    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, QNX Momentics® development suite, and QNX Aviage® middleware together provide the industry’s most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, Daimler, 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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    QNX Software Systems
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    paull@qnx.com

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