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RMI Selects Altran to Co-Develop LTE eNodeB Solution

Palo Alto, Calif., Dec 15, 2008 - Altran, a global innovation, technology and outsourcing company, today announced that the company has been selected by RMI®, a leading provider of High Performance Processors for Communication and Media to create Layer 2 (L2) protocol stack reference solutions for RMI’s XLS® Processor for Long Term Evolution (LTE) base station applications. The pre-tested and optimized Altran software solution will be fully integrated, tested and benchmarked for performance with the RMI Processor and board level LTE eNodeB reference design, thereby accelerating the time-to-market for LTE eNodeB equipment manufacturers.

In October, Altran announced availability of its LTE eNodeB development suite. This combination of software and development services accelerates the prototyping and development of new chipsets and testing systems for LTE supporting mixed data, voice, video and messaging traffic.

RMI’s XLS Processor® family integrates up to 16 vCPUs? (fine-grain HW processing threads using single-clock thread context switching) from four MIPS64 CPUs, three high speed on-chip interconnects, large multi-level caches, autonomous security and compression accelerators, multiple memory controllers, IEEE1588 PTP controller, eight Gigabit Ethernet MACs, Serial RapidIO, PCI-Express, and GPIO. The RMI XLS616 Processor supports up to four 32/36-bit DDR-2 Memory controllers for memory intensive applications while the XLS416 supports two 32/36-bit memory controllers for systems in which cost and power are more significant constraints. The XLS® Processor can be configured to support the 64/72-bit interfaces required for interfacing to low-cost commodity DIMM memories. The new devices provide pin-compatible upgrades for all members of the XLS Processor Family including the 600 Series, 400 Series, and 200 Series.

“Altran’s deep domain knowledge in wireless communications and proven track record delivering technology, software and services to the leading infrastructure manufacturers made them the clear choice for a development partner in LTE,” said Sunil Kar, director, strategic marketing, RMI. “Jointly, we offer LTE equipment manufacturers a valuable competitive advantage in terms of time to market, performance and quality assurance. This collaboration, coupled with our close relationship with leading Mobile Infrastructure customers, enables us to develop a truly innovative LTE base station processing solution.”

“Equipment Manufacturers developing LTE base stations will benefit significantly from RMI’s approach,” explained Sudhir Tangri, AVP Marketing, Wireless and Convergence Business Unit at Altran. “The optimized reference solution will reduce development costs, time and complexity by eliminating risks associated with application performance and hardware compatibility. We are excited to be working with RMI in this critical emerging area of wireless technology.”

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.

About RMI Corporation

RMI Corporation is a fabless semiconductor company providing High-Performance Super System-on-a-Chip (SuperSoC?) Processor solutions for the Infrastructure, Enterprise, and Consumer Media markets. Applications include Wireless, Networking Security, Thin Clients, and Connected Multi-Media. RMI offers a broad platform of advanced MIPS-compatible processor solutions with both 32/64-bit architectures supporting frequencies from 300MHz to 1.2 GHz. RMI is headquartered in Cupertino, CA with branch and subsidiary operations in Texas, United Kingdom, France, India, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. More information about RMI can be found on the company’s website at

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