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RMI Drives Increased Performance Across XLR and XLS

Processor Families to Achieve up to 1.5 GHz for Enterprise


and Infrastructure Applications
Multi-threaded XLR732 Processor and Quad-Core Processor Families
Enhance
Baseband and Networking Capabilities with Added Processing Performance
CUPERTINO, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
At the RMI "Performance 2009" Conference,RMI Corporation, a leading
provider of
high-performance processors for communication and media rich
applications,
announced today a design and performance breakthrough across its
volume
production multi-core multi-threaded XLR and XLS Processor families.
This
breakthrough allows the processor families to achieve processing
speeds up to
1.5 GHz for enterprise and infrastructure applications. The multi-
threaded
octal-core XLR732 and quad-core XLS Processor families have added an
additional
25 percent of performance capability enabling customers in the
baseband,
security and L4-L7 networking sectors additional value and
capabilities
previously unavailable - a 50% increase over its closest multi-core
competitors.

"I am very proud to announce this enhancement and performance increase


across
the XLR and XLS Processor families and look forward to bringing it to
our
extensive customer base," said Behrooz Abdi, president and chief
executive
officer, RMI. "Our engineering team at RMI is unmatched and the
ability to
design, execute and deliver gives us a distinct advantage in the
market that
will allow us to continue growing our market share across our targeted
markets."

The XLR732 is an 8-core, high-performance, highly integrated


processor. The
XLR732 processor consists of an innovative set of XLR Processor cores
enabling
up to 32 threads, or virtual CPUs (vCPUs), in a single chip. The XLR`s
enhanced
MIPS64 compatible cores implement fine-grained, 4-way multithreading
combined
with a multi-level hierarchy of caches, autonomous accelerators, and
point-to-point interconnects for data and message transfers. The
interconnects`
full-speed operation augment application scalability and closely
integrate the
high performance main memory controllers, level-2 caches, 12.5Gbps
accelerated
security operations, and accelerated networking interfaces to deliver
a
processing solution running at frequencies of 800MHz - 1.5 GHz
optimized for
maximum throughput and workload efficiency.

"We continue to drive the capabilities that the market demands for
multi-core
processors and this performance increase is indicative of our
success," said
Nazar Zaidi, senior vice president of engineering, RMI. "By increasing
the
performance levels across the XLR and the XLS Processor families, we
continue to
open markets and drive capabilities that haven`t been available from
our
competitors."

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. RMI`s XLS
Processor
enables integrated control plane, data plane, and security processing in a
single System-on-a-Chip (SuperSoC) solution. The XLS Processor Family is
optimized for applications such as Wireless Base Stations, where PCB real
estate
and power are a premium, while requiring integrated network connectivity,
security, and compression acceleration options. Such features will benefit
emerging wireless standards that emphasize high data rate and low latency
applications such as Mobile VoIP and Video conferencing.

Pricing and Availability

The XLR732 and the XLS416/616 Processors will sample in Q3 2009 with
full-production expected in Q4 2009. Pricing is available upon request.

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, 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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The Bivio 6500 Custom Programmable Network Appliance Platform delivers an 
advanced packet processing architecture in a cost­effective, modular chassis 
suitable for a wide range of high­performance content­aware networking solutions. 
Central to the Bivio 6500 design is the RMI XLR

Processor that implements 4­way 
multithreading on up to eight MIPS64
®
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virtual CPUs in a single platform. With multiple threads, the XLR processor can 
efficiently manage tasks by processing additional data on available threads when 
a thread is occupied. This technology significantly reduces internal cache and 
memory latencies to dramatically improve overall system throughput. In addition, 
for more compute­intensive applications, a single core can be programmed to 
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A true programmable solution, the Bivio 6500 and XLR processor do not require microcoding 
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for chip diagnostics, performance monitoring tools, and device drivers for advanced XLR 
features including the XLR Fast Messaging Network and Security Acceleration Engine. The 
SDK allows system programmers to quickly take advantage of the XLR architecture’s auto­
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Optimized, Multithreaded Cores
High­performance MIPS64® cores with up to 
32 threads (virtual CPUs) provide high packet 
processing bandwidth with minimal latency.

Security Acceleration up to 10 Gbps
Independent security engine efficiently processes 
standard cryptographic algorithms without 
burdening network processor cores.

Flexible System Management
A dedicated, Linux­programmable dual core 
processor provides platform initialization and 
isolated system management functions.

Hot Swap Hard Drives & Power Supplies
Dual redundant SAS/SATA hard drives and hot 
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Platform Hardware Features 

Data plane processing: RMI XLR732 Processor (8 cores, 32 threads) or RMI 
XLR716 Processor (4 cores, 16 threads), with up to 8 GB DDR2 memory 

Control/system management: Freescale MPC8641D, dual core, 
with up to 4 GB DDR2 memory 

Management Interfaces: Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45, 10/100/1000BASE­T), 
serial console and USB

Storage: Two hot swap SATA or SAS hard drives

Power: Two hot swap, dual redundant 450W AC PSUs 
Network Interface Modules (2 NIMs per 2U unit) 

2­port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE­SR) with configurable 
hardware bypass 

12­port Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE­T) with configurable 
hardware bypass 

6­port Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE­SX) with configurable 
hardware bypass
Development Environment 

System Management Processor with Linux 2.6, hardened

RMI Linux SDK with C/C++ source code and application examples

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FCC Part 15 Class A, TUV, CE, VCCI, BSMI, CISPR, ICES, CTick, MIC, CCC

RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC (EU)

China RoHS
Environment (Operating) 

Temperature: 0 to 40C (32 to 104F) 

Relative Humidity: 10 to 90% non­condensing
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3.5” (9cm) H x 17” (43cm) W x 24” (61cm) D (2U height) 

Standard 19” rack­mountable 

40 lbs
System Features
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Specifications
The Bivio 6500 supports dual redundant hot­swap power supplies 
and dual hot­swap hard drives (SATA or SAS technology) that can be 
configured in RAID­1 redundancy for application storage, network sta­
tistics and system logging. The system chassis is a carrier­grade 2U rack 
mount appliance with optimized airflow and thermal management.
Network Interface Modules (NIMs) simplify the connection of the Bivio 
6500 Network Appliance Platform to a variety of industry standard 
network interfaces. The platform includes two NIM slots that may be 
populated with any combination of the available NIM boards. This allows 
equipment integrators to select the appropriate type and number of 
interfaces required for each installation without impacting the appliance 
system architecture. Specific Bivio 6500 NIMs are designed with configu­
rable bypass circuits so that in the event of a power failure or other system 
fault, the bypass ports will fail “open”, allowing network traffic to pass 
uninterrupted through the NIM. The failopen occurs between paired ports 
on the same NIM. This feature allows the network appliance to be placed 
directly in­line in the network topology without adding additional switches 
or routers and is especially useful in a transparent mode deployment.
Up to4 GB
DDR2
USB
MGMT
AUX
PCIe Offload
Network
Interface
Module
SATA,
SAS
RAID­1
Gigabit Ethernet
Control Plane
RMI XLR

Processor
System
Management
Processor
Console
10 Gbps
10 Gbps
Network
Interface
Module
Up to8 GB
DDR2
We have aligned with RMI because the XLR Processor is the highest performance
multi-core, multi-threaded packet processor available today,” said Mike Dagenais,
chief executive officer of Continuous Computing. “When integrated with Continuous
More speed for multicore processors

RMI Corporation has ramped up the performance of its multicore multithreaded XLR and XLS
processor families with clock speeds up to 1.5GHz for enterprise and infrastructure applications.
The multithreaded octal-core XLR732 and quad-core XLS processor families now boast an
additional 25% of performance capability enabling customers in the baseband, security and L4-
L7 networking sectors additional value and capabilities previously unavailable.

The XLS processor family is optimised for applications such as wireless basestations, where
PCB real estate and power are a premium, while requiring integrated network connectivity,
security, and compression acceleration options. Such features will benefit emerging wireless
standards that emphasise high-datarate and low-latency applications such as mobile VoIP and
videoconferencing. The XLS416/616 processors will sample in Q3 2009 with full production
expected in Q4 2009.