QNX and NetPlane Combine Expertise to Maximize Performance and Availability of Carrier-class Routers and Switches

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from NetPlane Systems

    OTTAWA, ON, and DEDHAM, Mass., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News
 Release/ -- QNX Software Systems, developers of OS technology for next-
 generation broadband networks, and NetPlane Systems, a leading global supplier
 of networking protocol software, today announced an integrated solution that
 will enable communications equipment manufacturers to more easily develop
 scalable routers and switches.
     Engineers at both companies collaborated to preintegrate the high-
 performance QNX realtime OS with NetPlane's common LEAP architecture. The
 resulting solution provides developers with much-needed functionality to
 create flexible networking equipment that can handle ongoing increases in
 traffic in a changing software environment.
     "We've taken our complementary strengths, which focus on the carrier-class
 attributes of redundancy, scalability, and high availability, and combined
 them to reduce risks for customers building core networking equipment," said
 Al Cooley, NetPlane's Director of Business Development. "This translates into
 decreased development costs, accelerated new-product development, and faster
 conversion-to-revenue generation."
     "The QNX-NetPlane solution is geared toward developers who want more power
 without sacrificing reliability," added Sebastien Marineau, networking
 architect at QNX. "As broadband networks push their architecture to new levels
 of speed and capacity, the underlying equipment needs to be even more
 reliable. This is something that QNX has always offered - in everything from
 life-critical dialysis machines to the Canadarm2 vision system for the
 international space station."
     The QNX realtime OS brings high availability to telecommunications
 equipment with hot-swap architecture, low-level memory protection, software
 fault recovery, and dynamic upgradability. It is the only RTOS to offer both
 symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) capabilities and built-in distributed
 networking. As a result, developers can create a scalable design that will
 support the evolving complexity of network services without expensive system
 reengineering.
     NetPlane offers a number of high-performance source code packages that can
 be easily integrated into virtually any new or existing system, encompassing
 MPLS, IP routing, ATM, and Frame Relay.
     The files that integrate both the QNX realtime OS and socket interfaces to
 NetPlane's LEAP layer are available at no charge to customers of both
 companies.
     The collaborative effort between QNX Software Systems and NetPlane Systems
 represents the first phase of a strategic partnership supported by NetPlane's
 LEAP Partners' Program. The LEAP porting and service layer provides a series
 of well-architected interfaces to target system resources including the
 operating system, TCP/IP service, and communications device drivers. This
 ensures a simple, well-defined integration process, as well as preserving
 integration investments by ensuring backward compatibility.
 
     About QNX Software Systems
     Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is the industry leader in realtime,
 microkernel OS technology. The company has established a strong customer base
 in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, consumer
 electronics, transportation, medical instrumentation, process control, and
 point-of-sale. QNX products are distributed in over 100 countries worldwide.
 Visit www.qnx.com.
 
     About NetPlane Systems
     A wholly-owned subsidiary of Conexant Systems, NetPlane Systems is a
 leading developer of portable, networking protocol software and systems for
 the control plane. More than 250 equipment manufacturers worldwide, which are
 developing products for the next-generation Internet and other networks,
 employ NetPlane 's software. NetPlane 's technology expertise includes MPLS,
 IP Routing, ATM, and Frame Relay with a focus on carrier-class capabilities
 required by the service provider marketplace. Visit NetPlane at
 www.netplane.com.
 
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    OTTAWA, ON, and DEDHAM, Mass., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News
 Release/ -- QNX Software Systems, developers of OS technology for next-
 generation broadband networks, and NetPlane Systems, a leading global supplier
 of networking protocol software, today announced an integrated solution that
 will enable communications equipment manufacturers to more easily develop
 scalable routers and switches.
     Engineers at both companies collaborated to preintegrate the high-
 performance QNX realtime OS with NetPlane's common LEAP architecture. The
 resulting solution provides developers with much-needed functionality to
 create flexible networking equipment that can handle ongoing increases in
 traffic in a changing software environment.
     "We've taken our complementary strengths, which focus on the carrier-class
 attributes of redundancy, scalability, and high availability, and combined
 them to reduce risks for customers building core networking equipment," said
 Al Cooley, NetPlane's Director of Business Development. "This translates into
 decreased development costs, accelerated new-product development, and faster
 conversion-to-revenue generation."
     "The QNX-NetPlane solution is geared toward developers who want more power
 without sacrificing reliability," added Sebastien Marineau, networking
 architect at QNX. "As broadband networks push their architecture to new levels
 of speed and capacity, the underlying equipment needs to be even more
 reliable. This is something that QNX has always offered - in everything from
 life-critical dialysis machines to the Canadarm2 vision system for the
 international space station."
     The QNX realtime OS brings high availability to telecommunications
 equipment with hot-swap architecture, low-level memory protection, software
 fault recovery, and dynamic upgradability. It is the only RTOS to offer both
 symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) capabilities and built-in distributed
 networking. As a result, developers can create a scalable design that will
 support the evolving complexity of network services without expensive system
 reengineering.
     NetPlane offers a number of high-performance source code packages that can
 be easily integrated into virtually any new or existing system, encompassing
 MPLS, IP routing, ATM, and Frame Relay.
     The files that integrate both the QNX realtime OS and socket interfaces to
 NetPlane's LEAP layer are available at no charge to customers of both
 companies.
     The collaborative effort between QNX Software Systems and NetPlane Systems
 represents the first phase of a strategic partnership supported by NetPlane's
 LEAP Partners' Program. The LEAP porting and service layer provides a series
 of well-architected interfaces to target system resources including the
 operating system, TCP/IP service, and communications device drivers. This
 ensures a simple, well-defined integration process, as well as preserving
 integration investments by ensuring backward compatibility.
 
     About QNX Software Systems
     Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is the industry leader in realtime,
 microkernel OS technology. The company has established a strong customer base
 in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, consumer
 electronics, transportation, medical instrumentation, process control, and
 point-of-sale. QNX products are distributed in over 100 countries worldwide.
 Visit www.qnx.com.
 
     About NetPlane Systems
     A wholly-owned subsidiary of Conexant Systems, NetPlane Systems is a
 leading developer of portable, networking protocol software and systems for
 the control plane. More than 250 equipment manufacturers worldwide, which are
 developing products for the next-generation Internet and other networks,
 employ NetPlane 's software. NetPlane 's technology expertise includes MPLS,
 IP Routing, ATM, and Frame Relay with a focus on carrier-class capabilities
 required by the service provider marketplace. Visit NetPlane at
 www.netplane.com.
 
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