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DigiTech Chooses QNX for Realtime Operating System Control

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, August 12, 2010DigiTech, a leading manufacturer of guitar and bass processors, has chosen QNX Software Systems Co. to provide the realtime operating system for its JamMan™ Solo, Stereo, and Delay pedals. QNX is known as an industry leader in powering mission-critical applications in a range of devices, including Harman automotive infotainment systems.

QNX is providing its comprehensive software platform for the JamMan line of pedals, giving users increased control and a more varied feature set. The QNX® Neutrino® Realtime Operating System (RTOS) is a modular, industrial-strength operating system that offers high reliability and fast, predictable response times. Highly scalable, the QNX Neutrino RTOS has a proven track record in everything from television remotes to the Space Shuttle.

“DigiTech, much like our artist base, is deeply committed to innovation and not simply resting on accomplishments. Enabling new levels of functionality and creativity on our pedals is a goal we continually seek to emulate. Now with processing powered by the QNX Neutrino operating system, we can offer higher performance, greater functionality and unsurpassed reliability,” stated Rob Urry, president of the Harman Music Group. “With QNX we are putting the same technology that is depended on by organizations such as Audi, Lockheed Martin and NASA into our effect pedals.”

QNX technology is highly popular in the automotive infotainment market, where it ships in more than 200 vehicle models. Brands such as Acura, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Infiniti, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen now use QNX® technology as the software foundation for their digital instrument clusters, handsfree systems, multimedia head units, 3D navigation systems, or rear-seat entertainment products.

The reliability of the QNX Neutrino RTOS comes from its true microkernel architecture, which runs every driver, protocol stack, file system and application in the safety of memory-protected user space, outside the operating system kernel. As a result, individual components can fail and be automatically restarted without affecting other components or the kernel.

DigiTech is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com).
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.2 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2010. The Companys shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.


Jason Kunz
Harman Music Group

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