QNX and 3SOFT Announce Alliance to Target Automotive and Medical Markets

OTTAWA and ERLANGEN, May 12, 2003 - QNX Software Systems, the industry leader in realtime, microkernel OS technology, and 3SOFT, a software specialist based in Erlangen, Germany, have reached an agreement to deliver software and services to customers in the automotive and medical instrumentation markets.

The object of the agreement is to forge a closer working relationship between the two companies and to provide 3SOFT engineers with intensive training in the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS and QNX Momentics® development suite. By combining QNX expertise with its extensive know-how in embedded development, 3SOFT can better respond to the growing demand for services based on QNX Neutrino.

QNX Neutrino is a leading operating system for applications where reliability and predictable response times are critical, such as those deployed in automotive systems and medical instrumentation. 3SOFT offers support and consulting services to customers in these industries who want to create highly advanced applications for a wide range of software platforms.

"The agreement with QNX Software Systems complements our service and product portfolio," said Peter Kraus, head of 3SOFT's medical technology business group. "Working closer with QNX will help us meet the increasing demand for service providers who are flexible, quick-to-react, and capable of delivering highly complex software solutions."

"We are very pleased about our alliance with 3SOFT, which will benefit from the many years of experience this established software specialist has in the embedded market," said Norbert Struck, corporate managing director, QNX Software Systems GmbH. "Together, we will be able to provide our customers with the best possible consulting for applications based on the QNX Neutrino RTOS."

This press release is also available at www.3SOFT.de, under the link "Pressezentrum."

About 3SOFT
Founded in 1988, 3SOFT has firmly established itself as a software developer for embedded systems. The company, based in Erlangen in Germany, specializes in medical technology, industrial and home automation, and in-car computing. Its customers include market leaders such as Agfa, Audi, BMW, Bosch (Blaupunkt), DaimlerChrysler, Fresenius Medical Care, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, Porsche, Rohde & Schwarz, Siemens A&D/ Med/ VDO, ContiTemic, Visteon, VW, and many more. 3SOFT currently employs about 170 people.

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 proven performance of the QNX Neutrino RTOS make it the most trusted foundation for future-ready applications in the networking, automotive, medical, and industrial automation markets. Companies worldwide like Cisco, Ford, Johnson Controls, Siemens, and Texaco depend on the QNX technology for their mission- and life-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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