QNX Software Powers Harman Kardon® Digital Media Center DMC 1000


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  • QNX Neutrino RTOS powers revolutionary home-entertainment media server that stores more than 60,000 songs.
  • Allows consumers to transfer their favorite music and still images among their homes, cars, iPods, MP3 players, cell phones, and other devices, while offering them the functionality of a full-featured, 1080p upscaling DVD player and iPod playback support.
  • The dynamically upgradeable design of the QNX Neutrino RTOS “future proofs” media-rich products such as the DMC 1000, enabling them to support new standards and formats down the road.
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    OTTAWA, April 4, 2008 — QNX Software Systems, the global leader in operating systems and middleware for media-rich devices, today announced that its award-winning QNX® Neutrino® realtime operating system (RTOS) is powering the new Harman Kardon® Digital Media Center DMC 1000. With the DMC 1000, consumers can easily transfer their favorite music among their homes, cars, iPods, MP3 players, cell phones, and other portable devices.

    The DMC 1000 is a home entertainment product designed to make it easy for consumers to listen to, store, and transfer a wide variety of media content from electronic devices such as DVD players, CDs, music systems, cell phones, digital cameras, and video cameras. The rich feature-set of the QNX Neutrino RTOS, which includes advanced graphics, ultrafast boot-up times, fault-tolerant architecture, and multimedia frameworks, makes it the optimal choice for the DMC 1000 and other infotainment and automotive consumer products.

    The DMC 1000
    A four-stream digital media center with progressive-scan DVD-video playback and a 250GB internal hard drive, the Harman Kardon DMC 1000 digitizes, catalogues, and stores more than 60,000 songs (capacity varies with type of program material and encoding bit rate). Additional features allow the user to distribute four separate audio streams from the music library to different locations in the home. The DMC 1000 also features touch-sensitive front-panel controls, concealed front-panel USB jacks, and hidden memory-card slots.

    “The DMC 1000 is a revolutionary product that will greatly enhance the overall digital lifestyle of consumers,” said Paul Bente, president of the Home Products Division, Harman Consumer Group. “Our challenge was to design a feature-rich and sophisticated product that was intuitive to use and ready for the challenges of mass-market adoption. By building the cutting-edge DMC 1000 on the QNX platform, we were able to optimize the DMC 1000’s design and performance, and to ensure future compatibility with our fast-evolving line of digital media centers.”

    “QNX Neutrino is designed for mission-critical environments where software failure is not an option,” said Dan Dodge, CEO of QNX Software Systems. “As the infotainment industry evolves and new technologies are introduced to the market, we are seeing strong demand and new applications for our highly reliable, industry-proven software. For a top-of-the-line product like the DMC 1000, which sets the standard for crossover use in the home, car and office, QNX Neutrino is the ideal RTOS because it can handle the rigors of virtually any environment.”

    The QNX Neutrino RTOS can effortlessly handle the complexity of feature-rich infotainment devices such as the DMC 1000. Its modular, dynamically upgradable design “future proofs” infotainment products, allowing them to support the latest media formats, standards and features.

    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.

    Editorial Contacts

    Paul Leroux
    QNX Software Systems
    +1 613 591-0931

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