VxWorks-to-QNX Porting Guide Helps Wind River Customers

1/13/2005 - Meeting the demand for customers who wish to migrate from the Wind River VxWorks operating system, the VxWorks-to-QNX porting guide has proven to be an increasingly popular developer's tool. The guide was launched one year ago and has been downloaded by developers from almost 1,000 companies, making it the most popular download offered from the QNX® website.

The growing number of customers seeking alternatives to Wind River products is driving the tremendous demand for the porting guide. Traditional embedded systems, with their static, single-purpose design, were once adequately serviced by the realtime executive architecture of the VxWorks operating system. But with the increasing complexity of today's embedded applications, coupled with high expectations for reliability and serviceability, developers require a more advanced and flexible realtime operating system (RTOS).

Many companies doing embedded design have begun the process of migrating their development environments off the aging VxWorks 5.4 platform onto the QNX Neutrino® RTOS and its related integrated development environment, the QNX Momentics® development suite. By moving to the QNX Neutrino RTOS and its modular microkernel architecture, designers can more easily build reliable, scalable, and high-performance systems.

AAI, a defense subcontractor, recently used the guide when porting legacy VxWorks code to a new QNX-based acoustic layer design. "We knew it would be a daunting task to migrate legacy VxWorks code," said Gary Townsend, lead software engineer at AAI. "However, once we downloaded and viewed the QNX porting guide, we knew that this tool would be extremely helpful in completing the port. The guide saved about six-months in man hours."

Dave Curley, vice president of marketing at QNX, said, "A great number of customers are taking advantage of legacy code developed on the monolithic kernel architecture of VxWorks and moving it to the modern, memory-protected microkernel architecture of QNX Neutrino. As a result, they can build more capabilities into their designs, while actually increasing reliability and stability. For customers who have made the move, the porting guide is proving to be an invaluable resource."

The porting guide is available for download at www.qnx.com.

About QNX Software Systems
With millions of installations worldwide, QNX Software Systems is the global leader in realtime, microkernel operating system technology. Companies like Cisco, DaimlerChrysler, Harris, Panasonic, Siemens, and General Electric rely on QNX technology to build ultra-reliable systems for the networking, automotive, medical, military, and industrial automation markets. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems maintains offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Visit www.qnx.com.

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