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Texas Instruments and Altran collaborate on small cell protocol stack optimized for TI’s KeyStone multicore processors

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS – BARCELONA (Feb. 27, 2012) – Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) and Altran®, a global technology innovation technology and services company focused exclusively on communications, today announced their collaboration on a small cell protocol stack optimized for TI’s KeyStone-based multicore System-on-Chips (SoCs). With this integrated solution from TI and Altran, developers will be able to more quickly, easily and cost-effectively design small cell base stations.

This small cell protocol stack is specifically tailored for users of TI’s KeyStone-based multicore processors and SoCs. Integrating TI’s field-proven KeyStone architecture elements for layers 2, 3 and transport processing with Altran’s software components optimizes design efficiencies and enables customers to develop more cost-efficient and high-performance base stations.

“The combination of TI’s industry-leading KeyStone multicore DSPs and Altran’s proven software frameworks creates powerful, reliable, and cost-efficient base station solutions for operators,” said Rakesh Vij, vice president of business development, Altran Group. “Our small cell protocol stack has been chosen by several leading OEM vendors and is in advanced trials or production systems today. This collaboration further cements our leadership in providing world-class LTE software. Our software together with our product engineering services help OEMs to introduce innovative new solutions to the market quickly and efficiently.”

TI’s scalable KeyStone architecture includes support for both TMS320C66x digital signal processors (DSP) generation cores and multiple cache-coherent quad ARM Cortex™-A15 clusters, for a mixture of up to 32 DSP and RISC cores. In addition, TI’s KeyStone architecture includes fully offloaded, flexible packet and security coprocessors and capacity expansion for SoC structural elements such as TeraNet, Multicore Navigator, and Multicore Shared Memory Controller (MSMC). These structural elements provide seamless integration between the DSP and ARM RISC cores, allowing base stations developers to fully utilize the capability of all processing elements, including the cores and enhanced AccelerationPacs.

“With our scalable KeyStone architecture and Altran’s field-proven technology, we are able to deliver the most complete small cell solution today,” said Sameer Wasson, business manager, wireless base station infrastructure, Texas Instruments. “TI and Altran provide equipment manufacturers with everything they need to quickly develop highly differentiated and cost-efficient high-performance base stations.”


The small cell protocol stackfrom TI and Altran will be available in second half of 2012. For more information please visit or

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About TI’s KeyStone multicore architecture

Texas Instruments’ KeyStone multicore architecture is the platform for true multicore innovation, offering developers a robust portfolio of high performance, low-power multicore devices. Unleashing breakthrough performance, the KeyStone architecture is the foundation upon which TI’s new TMS320C66x DSP generation was developed. KeyStone differs from any other multicore architecture as it has the capacity to provide full processing capability to every core in a multicore device. KeyStone-based devices are optimized for high-performance markets including wireless base stations, mission-critical, test and automation, medical imaging, and high-performance computing. Learn more at

About Altran

Altran 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 the market faster in focused industries to help transform products, brands, companies, and start-ups. Based in San Francisco, the frog, the global leader in innovation and product design, is also part of Altran.

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