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QNX Enables Easier End Product Differentiation for High Reliability Applications Using Xilinx Virtex-II Pro FPGAs

QNX Neutrino Support for Xilinx Virtex-II Pro Embedded PowerPC Offers End-Product Feature Flexibility by Combining Dynamically Upgradable OS with Programmable Hardware Platforms

Nov 18, 2003

QNX Software Systems today announced support for Xilinx® (NASDAQ: XLNX) Virtex-II Pro™ Platform FPGAs through its port of the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS. QNX and Xilinx have worked together to produce a hardware-software solution that enables QNX developers to deploy robust applications on high-performance Virtex-II Pro FPGAs for the automotive, telecom, and networking industries. Designers of Platform FPGA and system-on-a-chip applications can now cut development costs, reduce IC device count, and significantly boost the field upgradability of their complete system.

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System architects using the QNX Neutrino RTOS and Virtex-II Pro Platform FPGAs are now able to create updateable systems for both software and hardware. As a result, an existing Virtex-II Pro FPGA design can be reconfigured for specific requirements or custom applications in response to a changing market environment. Moreover, it can be enhanced with new capabilities even after deployment in the field.

"Greater product differentiation and faster time-to-market are key drivers for automotive manufacturers today," said Dr. Erich Geiger, CTO of Harman International. "The combined power and flexibility of the QNX Neutrino RTOS and Xilinx Virtex-II Pro embedded PowerPC will help us attain both goals."

The Xilinx Virtex-II Pro family is the world's first and only FPGA to offer integrated IBM PowerPC® embedded technology and 3.125 Gbps serial transceivers. Virtex-II Pro devices include these multiple PowerPC CPUs and multi-gigabit serial transceivers at no additional charge, providing unequaled capability and value for today's system design requirements.

The QNX Neutrino RTOS is a fault-resilient, massively scalable RTOS based on a true microkernel architecture. Its unique modular nature allows developers to add or replace applications, drivers, protocol stacks, and OS services "on the fly," without rebooting. Together, these capabilities have made QNX Neutrino a premier OS for network elements, in-car telematics units, and a host of other mission-critical, high-uptime applications.

"By working closely with Xilinx, we are helping our customers build reconfigurable, 'future ready' systems that can address the demand for unanticipated services or applications down the road -- a critical requirement in automotive and networking markets," said Linda Campbell, director, strategic alliances, QNX Software Systems.

"We are pleased to add QNX to our AllianceEmbedded program," said Jerry Banks, director of Global Alliances at Xilinx. "The QNX Neutrino RTOS offers features that are targeted specifically for the automotive, telecommunications, and industrial markets and takes advantage of the power and flexibility of our Virtex-II Pro family of FPGAs."

QNX Support for Xilinx Evaluation Platform

As part of the collaboration between Xilinx and QNX, the QNX Momentics development suite will support the Virtex-II Pro ML300 Evaluation Platform, which allows designers to evaluate and experiment with features of the Virtex-II Pro FPGA.

For further details, contact your local QNX sales or customer service representative.

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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 Neutrino RTOS make it the most trusted foundation for future-ready applications. Companies worldwide like Cisco, Delphi, Siemens, Alcatel, Texaco, and Ford depend on the QNX technology 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.

NOTE: QNX, Momentics, and Neutrino are registered trademarks of QNX Software Systems Ltd. in certain jurisdictions. Xilinx is a registered trademark, and Virtex-II Pro is a trademark of Xilinx Inc. All other trademarks and trade names herein belong to their respective owners

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