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Altran and Texas Instruments Collaborate to Create Cutting-edge Data Concentrator Solution for Smart Grid Market

East Brunswick, NJ & Amsterdam, Netherlands – October 9, 2012 – The Altran Group®, a global technology innovation and services company focused exclusively on solutions for the connected world, today announced it will collaborate with Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN) Incorporated (TI) on a new data concentrator solution for the smart grid market.

The joint data concentrator solution is based on TI’s Sitara™ AM335x ARM® Cortex™-A8 or Sitara AM1808 ARM9 processors and power line communication solution (AFE031 combined with C2000™ TMS320F28PLC83 microcontroller) that provide connectivity supporting both PRIME and G3 standards. Altran has developed a feature-rich protocol stack for device language message specification (DLMS)/companion specification for energy metering (COSEM), which is fully ported and optimized on the TI data concentrator platform.

“The combination of TI’s industry-leading data concentrator hardware and Altran’s proven expertise in software frameworks creates powerful, reliable and cost-efficient solutions for the smart grid market,” said Jinu Koshy, vice president of the applications practice, Altran Group. “TI has a rich portfolio of products for the smart grid segment and we believe that this collaboration will help us deliver world-class data concentrator solutions.”

Smart energy solution providers need innovative and integrated products that analyze, collect and communicate energy use data seamlessly across the Advanced Metering Infrastructure,” said Markus Staeblein, general manager of Smart Grid Solutions, TI. “The data concentrator solution will be built with TI C2000 microcontrollers and TI ARM9/Cortex-A8 processors with future-proof software components from Altran, a key benefit that will help smart energy OEMs deliver differentiated data concentrator devices for the smart grid.”

Altran and TI will be demonstrating the data concentrator solution at Metering Billing/CRM Europe in Amsterdam on 9-11 October, 2012 in booth #G30.

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.

For more information, please visit https://northamerica.altran.com
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TI’s Smart Grid Solutions

With millions of energy meter ICs shipped over the past decade, Texas Instruments is the global systems provider for innovative, secure, economical and future-proof solutions for the worldwide smart grid. TI offers the industry’s broadest smart grid portfolio of metrology expertise, application processors, communication systems, wireless connectivity and analog components in readily available silicon, with advanced software, tools and support for compliant solutions in grid infrastructure, utility metering and home or building automation. Learn more at www.ti.com/smartgrid.

For further information, contact:

Johnny Truong
Sonus PR for Altran Group
Tel: +1 415 830 4530
Email: johnny.truong@sonuspr.com

Mark Welsh
GolinHarris for Texas Instruments
Tel: +1 972 341 2513
Email: mwelsh@golinharris.com