RMI Announces Extended Support of XLS Multi-core Multi-threaded Processor Family to Wind River's VxWorks 6.7

Wind River's VxWorks includes both AMP and SMP Modes for RMI's XLS high performance processor family

September 15, 2009

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CUPERTINO, CA - Sept. 15, 2009 - RMI Corporation, a leading provider of high-performance processors for communication and media rich applications, today announced that Wind River's standards-based VxWorks 6.7 has been extended to support RMI's industry leading multi-core multi-threaded XLS Processor family. Earlier versions of VxWorks have supported RMI's XLR Processor and VxWorks 6.7 supports the XLR family as well. Wind River's VxWorks 6.7 allows system designers to select the optimal multicore design configuration, asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP) or symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), to enable the XLR and now XLS to operate at the highest performance thresholds while maintaining or reducing power consumption. In addition, VxWorks 6.7 is designed to meet the demands of manufacturers looking to lower device materials costs, consolidate system components, increase legacy re-use, and lower operating expenses, while improving time-to-market for high-quality devices with rich functionality.  

Wind River's VxWorks support of the XLS family provides RMI customers with increased options in designing next-generation products such as gateways, base stations, security appliances and other network products. In addition, with the previous support of XLR, RMI customers can now use the same software infrastructure in all their RMI based platforms, which will reduce support costs and drive down overall development costs.

"The support of RMI's multi-core and multi-threaded 64-bit MIPS-based XLR and XLS processors in Wind River's VxWorks 6.7, allows RMI to continue to grow its presence as the leader in the multi-core, multi-threaded embedded processor market," said Mark Litvack, director, business development, RMI. "We are excited to build upon our relationship with Wind River, whose VxWorks 6.7 will enable RMI to bring its customers in the infrastructure and enterprise markets added value through a high-performance real-time operating system."  

Additional key features and benefits of VxWorks 6.7 include: 
Enhancements to SMP support for performance optimizations and CPU core affinity;
Network offload support, optimized for wire speed packet processing on multi-core processors;
Enhanced capabilities for 4G networking for WiMAX and LTE (Long Term Evolution) applications.

 "Wind River's VxWorks 6.7 provides a high-performance real-time environment for advanced multi-core and multi-threaded processors such as RMI's XLS product family," said Marc Brown, vice president of marketing and strategy, VxWorks Product Division, Wind River. "We collaborated with RMI to add the OS support to the XLS processors and enable our shared customers to implement innovative new products that have industry leading performance and functionality."  The XLR and XLS Processors are high-performance, highly integrated SoC processors utilizing a multi-core multi-threaded architecture based on a MIPS64?? instruction set. The XLR Processor consists of an innovative set of XLR cores enabling up to 32 threads, or virtual CPUs (vCPUs), in a single chip. The XLS Processor is a feature-rich general purpose processor with application specific autonomous hardware accelerators and multiple on-chip interconnect options providing an ideal combination of high level programmability, performance scalability, and intelligent packet management. The XLR and XLS Processors utilize enhanced MIPS64 compatible cores implementing fine-grained, 4-way multithreading combined with a multi-level hierarchy of caches, autonomous acceleration engines??, and point-to-point interconnects for data and message transfers. RMI delivers processing solutions running at frequencies with a range of 800MHz - 1.5 GHz and are optimized for maximum throughput and workload efficiency. 

Wind River's VxWorks 6.7 with support for RMI's XLS family of processors is available today.

 About RMI
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 greater than 2.0 GHz. RMI is headquartered in Cupertino, CA with branch and subsidiary operations in Texas, France, India, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. More information about RMI can be found on the company's website at www.RMICorp.com.

Copyright 2009 RMI Corporation. All rights reserved. RMI, the RMI logo, XLR, XLS, XLS Processor, XLR Processor, vCPU, SuperSoC, Autonomous Acceleration Engine, 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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