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QNX and Kontron Collaborate on First BIOS-less Instant-on Platform for Intel Atom Processors

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  • Kontron nanoETXexpress-SP Computer-on-Module becomes first commercial platform to support QNX fastboot technology for Intel Atom processors.
  • Solution offers instant-on performance for a variety of designs in the mobile, medical, and industrial markets.
  • QNX fastboot support for Kontron nanoETXexpress-SP module will be available in October 2008.
  • OTTAWA, Canada and ECHING, Germany, September 16, 2008 QNX Software Systems and Kontron today announced that the Kontron nanoETXexpress-SP Computer-on-Module is the first commercial embedded platform to support QNXs innovative fastboot technology for Intel Atom processors.

    Designed to enable boot times that are measured in milliseconds, QNX fastboot technology is an advanced feature of the QNX Neutrino RTOS. It eliminates the need for a BIOS on x86 platforms, including those that support Intel Atom processors, thereby reducing hardware costs and dramatically improving instant-on performance. Systems designers can use QNX fastboot technology to improve startup times for a wide variety of automotive, medical, industrial, military, and consumer products.

    Measuring just 55 mm x 84 mm, the credit card sized Kontron nanoETXexpress-SP module is compatible with the PICMG COM Express standard, pin-out Type 1. It is based on the highly efficient Intel Atom 5xx processor series and is a perfect fit for low-power mobile applications that require excellent processor performance, high-definition graphics, PCI Express, and Serial ATA, combined with longer battery life. With only one-tenth of the thermal design power and one-seventh the size of ULV processors of identical performance, the Kontron nanoETXexpress-SP COM offers an unprecedented performance per watt for x86-based ultra-mobile designs.

    In many of our target markets, end-users expect to use a device almost immediately after switching it on. A delay of even a few seconds is unacceptable, said Kroy Zeviar, business alliance manager at QNX Software Systems. By using QNX fastboot technology and the Kontron nanoETXexpress-SP module, systems designers can achieve instant-on functionality while taking advantage of the x86 compatibility and high performance per watt of Intel Atom processors.

    Especially in portable applications, fastboot technology allows designers to extend battery life and overall system usability, said Matthias Huber, general manager of Kontrons Embedded Modules Division. Instead of using either the slow suspend-to-disk or the power-consuming standby states, the device can return from a full-off state without forcing the user to wait.

    Availability
    The Kontron nanoETXexpress-SP Computer-on-Module is available now. QNX fastboot support for the module will be available in October 2008.

    For information the nanoETXexpress, visit http://www.kontron.com/nanoETXexpress-SP. For information on COM Express Computer-on-Modules, visit http://www.kontron.com/ETXexpress. For more information on QNX support for Intel Atom processors, visit the QNX Download Center.

    Fastboot demonstrations
    QNX will demonstrate its fastboot technology at the Kontron Executive Forum in Augsburg, Germany, September 16 and 17, and at each of the six seminar events of Kontrons nano days this Fall in the United States. For times and locations, visit http://www.kontron.com/nanodays.

    About Kontron
    Kontron designs and manufactures standard-based and custom embedded and communications solutions for OEMs, systems integrators, and application providers in a variety of markets. Kontron engineering and manufacturing facilities, located throughout Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific, work together with streamlined global sales and support services to help customers reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage. Kontrons diverse product portfolio includes: boards and mezzanines, Computer-on-Modules, HMIs and displays, systems, and custom capabilities. Kontron is a Premier member of the Intel Embedded and Communications Alliance. The company is a recent three-time VDC Platinum vendor for Embedded Computer Boards. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". For more information, please visit www.kontron.com.

    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 industrys 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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    Paul Leroux
    QNX Software Systems
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    paull@qnx.com

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