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Altran and Freescale Deliver Reference eNodeB Framework to Accelerate LTE Base Station Development

EAST BRUNSWICK, New Jersey - February 15, 2011 - Altran®, a global innovation, technology, and services company focused exclusively on communications, today announced the launch of its LTE eNodeB reference framework (eNBF), optimized for high-performance processors from Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. The reference software framework has been optimized on Freescale’s industry leading QorIQTM platform of communications processors. This joint solution from Altran and Freescale has been specifically designed to help Telecom Equipment Manufacturers (TEMs) deliver high-performance base stations of multiple form-factors, including femto, pico, and macro.

With more than 200 LTE deployments planned and over 25 LTE networks already in commercial service, there is a strong need for high-capacity, yet cost-effective, LTE base stations of all form factors. The Altran-Freescale reference framework includes Layer 2 and Layer 3 software from Altran, which is optimized on Freescale’s QorIQ P2020 processor and integrated with Layer 1 software on Freescale’s MSC8156 DSP platform. Additionally, the reference platform is also planned for availability on the recently announced QorIQ Qonverge platform from Freescale to support multiple configurations of femto, pico, micro, and macro networks. The reference framework supports both the Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD) modes of operation on LTE.

“Today, TEMs need to rapidly innovate and deliver a future-proof portfolio of LTE base station products that support multiple protocols, performance requirements, and cell sizes,” said Preet Virk, director, Networking Segment at Freescale. “Combining Freescale’s comprehensive portfolio of multi-mode processors with future-proof software components from Altran can help TEMs optimize R&D efficiency and deliver an exceptional product portfolio based on a common, highly-scalable architecture.”

“With several LTE rollouts and trials currently in progress, TEMs are seeing the need for a wider range of eNodeB equipment to address the unique requirements of global operators,”explains Rakesh Vij, vice president at Altran. “Altran is excited to collaborate with Freescale to deliver its proven and compelling software framework on this new range of processors, which helps TEMs accelerate delivery of innovative base stations in this highly competitive and strategic LTE market.”

The Altran-Freescale reference software platform will be on display at the 2011 Mobile World Congress. Onsite technicians will showcase the performance of Altran’s Layer 2 and Layer 3 software on hardware from Freescale. More details can be found at the Altran booth (#F38 in Hall 1).

About Altran

Altran (formerly Aricent) is a global design and engineering company innovating for customers for what comes next in North America and beyond. We lead our clients into the future by solving their most complex engineering services needs and mission critical software framework solutions. For decades, we have helped companies connect new things and scale with intention. We bring differentiated value to market faster in focused industries to help transform products, brands, companies and start-ups. Based in San Francisco, frog, the global leader in innovation and product design, is also part of Altran.

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