QNX Harnesses Hyper-Threading Technology with Support for Low-Voltage Intel Xeon Processors

9/5/2002 - Developers of high-bandwith core and edge networking equipment can now use the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS from QNX Software Systems to exploit the high performance of Hyper-Threading Technology available on Intel Xeon processors, including the newly introduced low-voltage Intel Xeon processor.

In fact, because QNX Neutrino also supports true symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), systems designers can now combine SMP and Hyper-Threading Technology to significantly boost the computational power of their network elements. Hyper-Threading Technology improves processor design by supporting multiple concurrent threads on each processor in a system, increasing performance of multithreaded applications by up to 30 percent.

"QNX pioneered the development of multiprocessing software technology for the embedded industry," said Linda Campbell, vice president of strategic alliances, QNX Software Systems. "Providing comprehensive board support for Intel's most advanced processors and its groundbreaking Hyper-Threading Technology is a natural extension of QNX's ongoing commitment to deliver highly scalable systems for demanding applications such as next-generation networking equipment."

Hyper-Threading Technology can significantly extend the performance advantages of an SMP system by running multiple concurrent threads per processor. The combined computational power of SMP and Hyper-Threading Technology gives high-end networking equipment unprecedented scalability to handle increased workloads, without the need for forklift upgrades.

"With an embedded OS that already supports SMP, QNX is taking its multiprocessing capabilities to another level by adding support for Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology," said Bill Chalmers, Director, Platform Solutions, Embedded Intel Architecture Division, Intel Corporation. "The combination of Hyper-Threading running on the QNX Neutrino RTOS results in an incredibly scalable, high-performance solution."

The QNX Neutrino RTOS is now shipping on the Intel E7500 Scalable Performance Board Development Kit, which features dual Intel Xeon processors.

About the QNX Neutrino RTOS
Based on a scalable microkernel architecture, the QNX Neutrino RTOS offers symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), built-in distributed processing, fault-tolerant networking, and full memory protection for all drivers, protocol stacks, and applications. QNX Neutrino also provides support for high-availability applications, including automatic recovery from software failure, software hot-swap, and in-service upgrades.

About QNX Software Systems (www.qnx.com)
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. The QNX Neutrino RTOS forms the core of the QNX Momentics® development suite, the QNX Networking Platform, and the QNX Automotive Platform. Companies worldwide like Cisco, Delphi, Siemens, Alcatel, Texaco, and Ford depend on 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.

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