QNX Achieves Boot Times in Milliseconds on the Intel® Atom Processor Z500 Series


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  • QNX to provide lightning-fast boot times on the Intel® Atom™ processor Z500 series.
  • QNX fast boot technology replaces traditional BIOS solutions for systems requiring instant-on performance.
  • QNX instant-on support for the Intel Atom processor Z500 series will be demonstrated at the Intel booth during the Embedded Systems Conference, April 15-17 in San Jose.
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    Embedded Systems Conference, Booth 1338, San Jose, CALIF., April 15, 2008— QNX Software Systems today announced that it is the first embedded OS vendor to offer “instant-on” support for the Intel Atom processor. System designers looking to integrate the processor platform can successfully slash boot times from seconds to milliseconds using the QNX® Neutrino® operating system with fast boot technology.

    In addition to start-up speed improvements, the fast boot technology in QNX Neutrino helps reduce the cost and component count of embedded systems. QNX fast boot technology eliminates the additional expense of a BIOS, reducing the overall bill of materials for embedded designs, while keeping RAM requirements to an absolute minimum and lowering overall system complexity.

    The new Intel® Atom™ processor enables PC-like capabilities, an uncompromised Internet experience, and long battery life in smaller devices that can fit in a pocket.

    “The fast boot technology that QNX is bringing to market creates new opportunities for the Intel® Atom™ processor Z500 series,” said Jonathan Luse, director of marketing, Low Power Embedded Products Division, Intel. “System architects will be able to use the small size and energy efficiency of the Intel Atom to improve a wide range of applications, especially those with rigorous instant-on requirements.”

    Engineered for embedded applications that require instant-on performance, QNX fast boot technology is equally applicable to the automotive, consumer, military, medical, and industrial markets. Moreover, it allows system designers to utilize the Intel Atom processor in products with applications that cannot tolerate the longer startup times of BIOS-based designs.

    “Normally an operating system can take precious seconds to complete the boot process,” said Dave Curley, vice president of marketing, QNX Software Systems. “This is unacceptable to many embedded device makers whose end-users expect virtually no perceptual delay from the moment a device is switched on to the moment it operates. The Intel® Atom™ processor Z500 series, along with QNX Neutrino fast boot technology and the QNX Aviage® HMI middleware, allows developers to deliver a compelling user experience while also maintaining realtime performance and high availability.”

    Initially available in source and binary format for the Intel Atom processor Z500 series, QNX fast boot technology will be available to third-party hardware and system integrators, and to customers developing custom hardware products. QNX will demonstrate key technologies, including fast boot on Intel Atom processors, during the Embedded Systems Conference (Intel booth #1308) in San Jose, California, April 15-17, 2008.

    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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