June 27, 2001

For Immediate Release
Editorial Contact:

  • Channa Omkar
    Marketing Communications Manager
    Empress Software, Inc.
    (301) 220-1919

New Empress DB Pipe Connects QNX® to Microsoft SQL Server®

Greenbelt, MD - June 27, 2001 - Empress Software announces a new product, called Empress DB Pipe, designed to connect data sources residing on QNX RTOS versions 4 or 6 to Microsoft SQL Server on Windows NT® or Windows 2000®. Empress DB Pipe's key benefit is seamless data transfer from one or more QNX systems to a Microsoft SQL Server database.

Empress DB Pipe is aimed at organizations that build production systems on the QNX RTOS versions 4 or 6, and store corporate data on Microsoft SQL Server and want to include production system data in their SQL Server database. Empress DB Pipe allows ongoing transparent data transfer from one or more QNX systems to a Microsoft SQL Server database running Windows NT or Windows 2000. Thus, an end-user of the Microsoft SQL Server database accesses production system data by using the same familiar tools that connect end-user applications to the corporate database.

"Empress DB Pipe completes our current offering of QNX RTOS v.6 to Windows connectivity products" comments Linda Campbell, vice president of strategic alliances at QNX Software Systems.

Empress DB Pipe is architected using I=MC2, Empress's Data Management Components and includes an Empress Connectivity license, configuration, installation and one or more customized programs to collect data on the QNX side and propagate it to the SQL Server database. Pricing starts at US $1,995 to connect a single QNX system to a single Microsoft SQL Server. Additional QNX systems can be connected at US $395 each. The Empress DB Pipe installation and configuration takes less than five working days from start to finish.

"With Empress DB Pipe, our customers benefit from a complete custom solution," states Srdjan Holovac, director product development. "It is a quick and clean fix for those who are not able to directly access data stored on a QNX system because their database of choice is Microsoft SQL Server running in the Windows environment."

About QNX Software Systems Ltd.

Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is the industry leader in real-time 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 Empress Software, Inc.

Empress Software develops and supports the Empress Relational Database Management System. The EMPRESS RDBMS is one of the most powerful and cost-effective development databases especially designed for developers operating on UNIX, Windows or real-time environments. Empress has been utilized successfully in diverse fields including image and voice management, telecommunications, medical systems, telephony systems, geographical information systems and network management. For more information, please call 301-220-1919. Check our web site at www.empress.com or send e-mail to info@empress.com.

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