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Aricent Accelerates Development of Next-Generation Connected Media Devices With Support for RMI's Ultra Low Power Processors

Aricent's Powerful Media EXP middleware solution provides a performance-optimized set of essential components to deliver the most advanced multimedia experience for today's consumer electronics (CE)

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Aricent(TM), a global innovation, technology and services company focused exclusively on communications, announced at the CTIA IT & Entertainment (CTIA) conference today that it has expanded its collaboration with RMI ® Corporation to provide a highly optimized development solution for connected media device designers and manufacturers.

The highly integrated and pre-optimized linux based solution features Aricent's Media EXP(TM) Software Suite, running on RMI's industry-leading Ultra Low Power Processors. The solution will be unveiled at CTIA, taking place October 6-9, 2009 at the San Diego Convention Center, on the exhibit room floor in Aricent's booth, number 342. The demonstration showcases Aricent's Media EXP Software Suite, which is a comprehensive package allowing equipment manufacturers to develop content rich, next-generation high-performance connected media platforms such as home gateways, set top boxes and media phones across various form factors to enhance the multimedia and communication experience for end users.

According to the Yankee Group, moving broadband content beyond the PC will become routine for millions of households, across millions of connected devices. Wireless photo frames, home audio and video players, appliances and all other manner of devices will be connected, giving users the ability to access multimedia entertainment and other content when they want it, where they want it(1). Consequently, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) must effectively manage an increasing number of components and technologies - such as network processors, power systems, radios, operating systems and CODECs - along with more sophisticated multimedia applications. This complexity, coupled with the need to deliver innovative and compelling user experiences, has created significant integration and optimization challenges for developers of multimedia entertainment and communications devices.

The joint demonstration highlights the superior performance of the RMI Ultra Low Power Processors integrated with Aricent's Media EXP Software Suite's enhanced feature-rich multimedia middleware, which consists of a photo album integrated with Picasa or Flickr, photo editing DLNA, streaming, Internet radio, TV and VoIP. Together, this solution powers next-generation high-performance connected media devices aimed at meeting and exceeding the experience expectations of today's demanding users.

"RMI's Ultra Low Power Processors delivering best-in-class low power and high performance characteristics, combined with Aricent's ability to deliver complete integrated multimedia software solutions, will foster innovation in the ecosystem and enable our customers to bring a compelling user experience to the marketplace," said Mike Wodopian, vice president and general manager at RMI Corporation. "Aricent's leadership in System Integration, along with the capability to port their feature-rich, best-in-class solution on any operating system, made them a clear choice for Multimedia frameworks as we expand the third party software offerings for our Ultra Low Power Processor Platform on Android."

"Aricent's Media EXP Software Suite running on RMI's high-performance, Ultra Low Power Processors is testimony to Aricent's high level of expertise in multimedia software frameworks and applications," said Sajal Gupta, vice president of business development for wireless solutions at Aricent. "Our Media EXP suite includes a fully integrated digital photo application, home media player and media phone solution and has generated tremendous traction since its recent announcement. At Aricent, we are committed to helping customers and partners unleash the full potential of today's powerful connected consumer devices. Regardless of the operating system or hardware platform, our customers can rely on our expertise and experience to help introduce innovative, compelling and highly differentiated user experiences."

By integrating and optimizing the Media EXP Software Suite, Aricent is leveraging the multiple graphics planes of RMI's Ultra Low Power Processor family powered by the Au1250® Processor. The elevated application processing performance reflects the efficiency and flexibility of Aricent's multimedia solution. The Au1250 Processor is ideally suited to the expanding needs of the multi-function home and media entertainment applications, and is tailored to efficiently support multi-format video playback, GPS navigation, mobile TV, and satellite radio, along with photo viewers, digital cameras and other applications in a single, low-cost, portable design.

Aricent boasts a complete in-house Android system integration and development practice coined as the Aricent Android Centre of Excellence (CoE), and works with ODMs and OEMs to perform complete system integration and productization of the Media EXP(TM) Software Suite on the Android Operating System (OS) for RMI's Ultra Low Power Processors. Aricent's Android CoE offers an extensive set of services, such as integration and optimization of multimedia components and application integration for the various hardware platform makers targeting the handset and consumer electronics segments.

For more information on Aricent's Media EXP(TM) suite and System Integration Capabilities, please visit:

Keywords & tags: Media EXP, Aricent, RMI, Multimedia Devices, Ultra Low Power Processors, Android Multimedia App suite

About RMI

RMI is a fabless semiconductor company providing High-Performance Super System-on-a-Chip (SuperSoC®) Processor solutions for the Infrastructure, Enterprise, and Consumer Media markets. RMI offers Scalable Processor Solutions(TM) that allow system designers the flexibility to optimize performance, power consumption and cost for a wide variety of applications. RMI's processor solutions provide high throughput, power efficiency, application and content awareness, and security for the evolving global connectivity network. For more information, visit http://www.rmicorp.com.

About Aricent

Aricent is a global innovation, technology and services company focused exclusively on communications. Aricent combines the leading innovation capabilities of frog design with unparalleled domain expertise in communications as a strategic supplier to the world's foremost infrastructure, application and service providers. The company's investors include Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Sequoia Capital, The Family Office and The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board. For more information, visit http://www.aricent.com

Aricent and Media EXP are trademarks of Aricent Inc., in the United States and other jurisdictions. RMI, the RMI logo, Au1250, Super SoC and the other trademarks named on the RMI website are trademarks of RMI Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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