QNX Extends License for Bitstream's Font Fusion Technology

Bitstream, Inc., (NASDAQ: BITS) announced that QNX Software Systems has extended its licensing agreement with the company. Under this new agreement, QNX has extended its license for Bitstream’s Font Fusion technology. Font Fusion offers exceptional text rendering for mission-critical embedded systems based on the QNX(R) Neutrino(R) realtime operating system (RTOS). This agreement is the twelfth agreement between the two companies.

Font Fusion is Bitstream’s premier font rasterizing engine that renders high-quality characters in any format, at any resolution, on any device. QNX chose Font Fusion because the font rendering subsystem provides a highly scalable font architecture for the embedded environment.

The QNX and Bitstream partnership spans a ten-year period and encompasses several projects. In addition to Font Fusion, QNX has also licensed Bitstream’s highly compact, scalable Asian stroke-based fonts, allowing QNX to provide Asian language support for its many customers in the Asian market. In addition, QNX also collaborated with Bitstream’s custom font group to develop custom characters from several of Bitstream’s font families.

Anna Chagnon, President and CEO of Bitstream, Inc. commented on the partnership, saying “For more than 25 years, QNX has been providing RTOS technology and development tools to leading companies around the world. For ten years, Bitstream has been able to support that effort with a range of font technology solutions that enable QNX to provide its customers with better communications around the world. We are proud of the work we have done with QNX and look forward to many more years of successful growth together.”

“Because customers use QNX technology in everything from cars in Korea to power plants in Europe, support for fonts in multiple languages is critical,” said Mark Roberts, Director of Product Management at QNX Software Systems. “Bitstream’s Font Fusion enables fast, highly readable displays that offer a better user experience for our customers.”

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(R) Neutrino(R) RTOS and QNX Momentics(R) development suite together provide the industry’s most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, DaimlerChrysler, 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 Font Fusion
Font Fusion is Bitstream’s premier font subsystem, rendering high-quality characters in any format, at any resolution, on any platform or device. Delivering exceptional text rendering for consumer electronics devices and mobile phones, Font Fusion is the ideal solution for small embedded systems, including consumer electronics devices, mobile handsets, PDAs, set-top boxes, digital TVs, printers, graphics applications, and embedded systems.

Available as an SDK (Software Developers’ Kit), Font Fusion renders a wide variety of industry-standard and compact font formats: OpenType, TrueType, Type 1, CFF/Type2, T2K(R) Latin, T2K Asian, TrueDoc(R) PFR (portable font resource), Bitstream Speedo(R), Font Fusion stroke (FFS), BDF (bitmap distribution format) format, as well as embedded bitmaps. Developers can also license different suites of worldwide fonts, including a certified Chinese (PRC) font, delta-hinted screen fonts, stroke-based Asian fonts, the Tiresias Screenfont, the CCTV Font Set, and the TV Font Pack.

About Bitstream
Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) is a software development company that makes communications compelling. Bitstream enables customers worldwide to render high-quality text, browse the Web on wireless devices, select from the largest collection of fonts online, and customize documents over the Internet. Its core competencies include font technology, browsing technology, e-commerce technology, and publishing technology.