May 15, 2000

For Immediate Release

Empress Database Now Available on Real-time Platform, QNX® Neutrino®

Greenbelt, MD -- Empress Software, developers of the advanced EMPRESS Relational Database Management System, announces the immediate availability of an exciting new product offering for real-time developers. The EMPRESS RDBMS is now available on QNX Neutrino, an advanced real-time operating system for embedded systems. EMPRESS on QNX Neutrino delivers powerful performance, enabling the creative design of scalable, reliable, deterministic applications.

EMPRESS RDBMS on QNX Neutrino is an agile, database management engine with exceptional realtime performance. From lean single board computers to monster supercomputers, EMPRESS scales seamlessly. Both Empress and QNX maintain strong adherence to industry standards, making it fast and easy for users to develop and deploy applications while ensuring flexibility and growth. Furthermore, EMPRESS RDBMS development license for QNX Neutrino is available free of charge for non-commercial use.

"Of paramount importance to successful embedded systems applications is speed, size and reliability. EMPRESS on QNX Neutrino is tight and fast, featuring a small, modular footprint," said Ivor Ladd, Chief Technology Officer. "And with mean time between failures approaching infinite, EMPRESS is maintenance free."

EMPRESS RDBMS is an ideal foundation for robust complete "black box" solutions. EMPRESS RDBMS development license features a variety of popular API's including C, C++, SQL and Report Writer. Empress National Language Support allows international language characters sets to stored by the database engine. EMPRESS databases places no limit on storage capacity and offers the ability to store and retrieve virtually any type of data, from microsecond timestamp to variable length text, to image and sound. Developers with special needs can also take advantage of EMPRESS RDBMS configuration options, such as in-memory configuration and read-only file systems.

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 about Empress, please call 301-220-1919. Check our web site at or send e-mail to You can write to us at Empress Software, 6401 Golden Triangle Drive, Greenbelt, MD, 20770.

Empress Software Inc.                 Empress Software Inc.
3100 Steeles Ave East                 6401 Golden Triangle Drive
Markham, Ontario, Canada              Greenbelt, MD 20770, USA
Phone: (905) 513-8888                 Phone: (301) 220-1919
Fax:   (905) 513-1668                 Fax:   (301) 220-1997