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QNX Neutrino RTOS Now Supports Cavium Networks’ OCTEON Plus Multi-Core MIPS64 Processors

Support allows networking equipment manufacturers to combine massively scalable operating system with market-leading multi-core processors of enormous packet-processing capacity

OTTAWA, December 8, 2009
–QNX Software Systems, a Harman International (NYSE:HAR) company, today announced that the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS, a multiprocessing operating system used in the world’s highest-capacity Internet routers, now supports the Cavium Networks’ OCTEON® Plus CN56XX and CN57XX family of multi-core MIPS64® processors.

This support allows manufacturers of routers, switches, triple-play gateways, storage networking equipment, WLAN and 3G/4G access and aggregation devices, and other products to combine a massively scalable, field-hardened realtime operating system with multi-core processors of enormous packet-processing capacity.

The OCTEON Plus 56XX and CN57XX family of multi-core MIPS64 processors targets processing requirements for mid-range to high-end storage switches, arrays, appliances, networking equipment, and servers. With eight to 12 cnMIPS64 cores at up to 800 MHz speed on a single chip, the CN57XX family integrates high-density, high-bandwidth standard interfaces along with advanced storage RAID, security, network services, and storage application acceleration, and offers a major performance, power, and real estate value proposition over alternatives.

Designed for high availability networking equipment, the QNX Neutrino RTOS supports dynamic upgrades, fine-grained fault isolation, and rapid error recovery. With native multi-core support (SMP, BMP) and transparent distributed processing, it also offers massive scalability, allowing networking elements to handle increases in traffic or services without forklift upgrades.

“Cavium’s OCTEON multi-core MIPS64 processors are being shipped by all major Tier-1 networking, wireless, and storage vendors as part of a range of market-leading products,” said Rajiv Khemani, vice president and general manager, networking & communications division, Cavium Networks. “We are happy that QNX Software Systems is now offering our customers a world-class, proven multi-core realtime operating system on our OCTEON Plus processor family. This will deliver a powerful, pre-integrated solution that will reduce time to market for our joint customers.”

QNX Software Systems also provides multi-core debugging and visualization tools, which offer deep insight into how to optimize networking applications for maximum multi-core performance. With its proven multi-core support, unique microkernel architecture, hybrid software licensing model, and ability to help companies migrate from legacy operating systems, QNX Software Systems provides a powerful platform for customers building next-generation designs.

“Because of its pioneering work in multiprocessing, QNX Software Systems is the only realtime operating system vendor with a mature, field-proven solution for multi-core networking applications,” said Sebastien Marineau, vice president of engineering, QNX Software Systems. “We are excited to work with Cavium Networks in bringing the QNX Neutrino RTOS to their high-performance, low-power multi-core platform for networking applications.”

BSP available on Foundry27
The QNX Neutrino RTOS board support package for the Cavium OCTEON Plus CN57XX and CN56XX evaluation board is available now on Foundry27, the QNX developer community portal. To download the BSP, visit

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® Tool Suite, and QNX Aviage® middleware together provide the industry’s 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.

About Cavium Networks
Cavium Networks is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking, communications, storage and video applications. Cavium Networks offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software-compatible processors ranging in performance from 10 Mbps to 40 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access and service provider equipment. Cavium Networks processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. Cavium Networks principal offices are in Mountain View, CA with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India and Taiwan. For more information, please visit:

Cavium Networks Contact:
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Marketing Communications Manager
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Mountain View, CA 94043
Telephone: 650-623-7033

QNX Contact:
Paul Leroux
QNX Software Systems
Telephone: +1 613 591-0931



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