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Advantech and Altran Showcase Intel®-based Converged Access Solution

Palo Alto, Calif., Nov 11, 2008 - Advantech, a communications and networking platform provider and Altran, a global innovation, technology and outsourcing company, today showcased a joint solution for secure, converged gateways based on Intel® architecture that simplifies the OEM development of carrier-managed Multi-Service Business Gateways (MSBGs). The combination of advanced software on an Intel® EP80579 Integrated Processor provides high-performance voice processing, high-speed packet processing, simplified network management and security capabilities on a single platform. Network equipment providers can use the integrated platform to rapidly develop new equipment for carrier-managed business networks, enterprise branch offices, remote offices and residences.

Altran Converged Access Software (CAS) is the only complete software solution for unified communications services delivery, combining SIP-based VoIP services, media gateway functions, virtual private networking (VPN) and security, Wi-Fi access, quality of service (QoS), LAN switching, IP routing, WAN access and remote carrier management in a single multi-service business gateway software product. The software enables triple-play services in a heterogeneous business network through a single multi-service broadband platform, dramatically simplifying administration and management issues for business, office, and residential networks. Altran CAS harnesses the power of Intel® QuickAssist Technology to integrate TDM, signal processing, packet processing, and security capabilities, creating a significant leap in the architecture of unified communication equipment.

Altran CAS will be available on the FWA-2310E from Advantech running on an Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor with Intel QuickAssist Technology. This is an integrated Intel architecture system-on-chip (SoC) based on an Intel® Pentium® M processor, memory controller and I/O controller. The low-power design incorporates eight Gigabyte Ethernet (GbE) switch LAN ports; two GbE LAN ports for WAN and DMZ, four ports for PCI Express and mini-PCI expandability, and two TDM ports for voice modules Intel®.

“Business communications have evolved rapidly, driven by ever-increasing needs for bandwidth, convergence, mobility and ubiquity. Small businesses, branch offices, and remote offices face the greatest challenges because of the pressure for continuous evolution, coupled with cost containment in a tightening economy,” according to Milind Bhise, Assistant Vice President of Products at Altran. “Using the integrated Intel-based platform from Advantech and Altran, network equipment manufacturers can quickly introduce new carrier-managed gateway products with the latest technology and deliver innovative, cost effective solutions.”

“There is an increasing demand for low-cost systems that merge analog and digital networks and provide a wider range of services, such as routing/switching, voicemail, conferencing and security, in addition to traditional IP-PBX functionality. To support all these functions, converged solutions must combine high-performance voice processing, packet processing, and security acceleration capabilities.” said Franz Wei, Vice President of Business Group, Embedded ePlatform Organization, Advantech Co., Ltd.

“The Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor with Intel QuickAssist Technology integrates bulk encryption, hashing and public/private key generation, and TDM acceleration into the hardware, which simplifies the design process so that platform services companies such as Advantech are able to deliver products to market quicker,” said Nagesh Puppala, marketing manager for Voice and Converged Communication, Intel. “And, using an Intel architecture-based SoC streamlines software development, enabling companies such as Altran to deliver compelling MSBG solutions to their customers faster. As a result, OEMs and service providers alike can cost-effectively bring innovative products to the market.”

The combined solution from Advantech and Altran, based on Intel’s processing technology, will be on demonstration at the Intel booth 429 during VoiceCon 2008, November 10-13 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA.

In addition to integrated Multi-Service Business Gateways, Altran CAS is well suited for a range of Next Generation Network equipment including secure routers, fixed-mobile convergence gateways, femtocell-based gateways, wireless access points, security appliances and service delivery CPE platforms for carrier managed voice, video, VPN, security and NGN applications.

About Advantech

Advantech provides mission-critical hardware to the world’s leading communications and networking equipment manufacturers. Whether it’s wired or wireless, nodes at the core or edge of the network, Advantech’s products are embedded in the OEM equipment that our world’s network and communications infrastructure depend upon. With a proven track in designing, manufacturing, servicing boards and systems for the world’s leading telecommunication equipment manufacturers, Advantech has the scope, scale, and expertise to create integrated customization services that meet the requirements of mission-critical communications and networking markets. For more information, visit www.advantech.com.

About Altran

Altran is the world leader in engineering and R&D services. Altran offers its clients a unique value proposition to meet their transformation and innovation challenges. Altran supports its clients, from concept through industrialization, to develop the products and services of tomorrow and has been working for more than 35 years with major players in many sectors: Automotive, Aeronautics, Space, Defense & Naval, Rail, Infrastructure & Transport, Energy, Industrial & Consumer, Life Sciences, Communications, Semiconductor & Electronics, Software & Internet, Finance & Public Sector. Altran has more than 50,000 employees operating in over 30 countries.

Altran is an integral part of Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, digital transformation, technology, and engineering services. The Group is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital, and platforms. Building on its strong 50-year + heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations. Capgemini is driven by the conviction that the business value of technology comes from and through people. Today, it is a multicultural company of 270,000 team members in almost 50 countries. With Altran, the Group reported 2019 combined revenues of €17 billion. People matter results count.

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