|Birdstep Technology releases its ultra-small footprint Birdstep DataBase Engine for the QNX realtime platform
Oslo, Norway, September 26, 2000 - Birdstep Technology ASA announces the availability of its unique patented ultra-small footprint database engine on the QNX realtime platform, a graphical self-hosted RTOS for embedded systems.
"We are pleased to welcome Birdstep Technology as the first ultra-small footprint database vendor to take full advantage of our exciting new QNX realtime platform,” says Linda Campbell, vice president of strategic alliances at QNX.
The patented atomization technology of the Birdstep DataBase Engine™, specifically designed for wireless information devices and embedded systems, provides a dramatic increase in both storage efficiency and search speed when compared to traditional relational and flat file databases.
The Birdstep DataBase Engine™ storage and retrieval mechanism supports arbitrary data structures and allows companies to effectively manipulate information represented as simple bytes, relational tables, BLOBs, complex objects, XML structures, applets and animations.
This technology differs from other relational or flat file databases, most of which can’t provide multilevel XML support. Birdstep’s technology allows for native XML representation within the physical database itself. As such, Birdstep’s support for XML becomes an integrated part of the device’s database system, unlike solutions that only provide an XML layer on top of the flat file or relational technology.
In addition, Birdstep’s technology keeps the whole XML structure – or tree – persistent across disk and memory, a detail of importance when manipulating large and complex XML documents.
Furthermore, the availability of industry-standard APIs (such as OLE DB, C++, SAX/DOM) and an ultra small footprint of 60Kbytes make Birdstep DataBase Engine™ a truly unique solution for the tough challenges of developing realtime applications on embedded systems and Internet appliances.
“Due to the increase of market penetration of the QNX technology we decided to port our database engine to the QNX realtime platform,” says Luca Pagni, Partner Manager of Birdstep Technology. “We look forward to even closer cooperation with QNX as we expect our combined technologies to deliver an exceptional value proposition to developers and ultimately to organizations within the booming market of embedded systems and Internet appliances.”
About Birdstep Technology ASA
Birdstep Technology ASA is the developer of Birdstep DataBase Engine™ a worldwide patented leading edge ultra-small footprint data and storage engine for any kind of data structure. It runs on operating systems such as QNX® Neutrino®, Win32, Windows CE, Pocket PC, Linux, VxWorks, Epoc and Palm/OS, and devices such as mobile phones, PDAs/PWAs and embedded systems. The company was founded in August 1996 and has registered affiliates in San Jose, California, and in the United Kingdom. Visit www.birdstep.com
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.
QNX is a registered trademark of QNX Software Systems Ltd