November 13, 2000

For Immediate Release

New Empress Database for QNX® Neutrino® RTOS
Available Free for Non-Commercial Use

Greenbelt, MD - November 13, 2000 - Empress Software today announced that the EMPRESS Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) is now available for the QNX Neutrino RTOS, the embedded operating system that forms the core of the new QNX realtime platform. EMPRESS on QNX Neutrino delivers powerful performance, enabling the creative design of scalable, reliable, deterministic applications.

EMPRESS RDBMS for QNX Neutrino is an agile, reliable 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.

Starting immediately, developers can download EMPRESS RDBMS development license for QNX Neutrino free of charge for non-commercial use from

"Of paramount importance to successful embedded systems applications is speed, size and reliability. EMPRESS for QNX Neutrino is tight and fast, featuring a small, modular footprint," said Ivor Ladd, chief technology officer at Empress Software. "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 APIs including C, C++, ODBC, SQL and Report Writer. Empress National Language Support allows international language characters sets to stored by the database engine. EMPRESS databases place no limit on storage capacity and offer the ability to store and retrieve virtually any type of data, from microsecond timestamps to variable length text to images 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.

"For over 20 years, QNX Software Systems and Empress Software have served the complex needs of the embedded market needs like high reliability, superior performance, sophisticated functionality, and massive scalability. Empress's new release of its RDBMS for the QNX Neutrino RTOS demonstrates their continued valuable contributions in support of the QNX community," states Linda Campbell, vice president of strategic alliances at QNX Software Systems.

About QNX Software Systems Ltd.

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

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 or send e-mail to

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