Wipro Technologies opens Design Centre in Kiel, Germany

6/26/2002 - Wipro Technologies, the global IT services division of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT), inaugurated a Design Centre for Embedded Solutions at Kiel, Germany. Customers in Germany and Scandinavia, and in the growing market in northern Europe, will benefit from the Wipro Kiel Design Centre (KDC).

Ramesh Emani, Chief Executive of the Embedded & Internet Access Solutions, Wipro Technologies said, "The Wipro Kiel Design Centre meets the demands of companies in Germany, Scandinavia and other European countries for an even more direct customer interface. Wipro is opening the Kiel Design Centre because demand for SoC services is growing rapidly. Increasingly providers are compelled to release effective, compact devices onto the market in a very short space of time. Fewer manufacturers are in a position to afford costly experiments."

The Wipro Kiel Design Centre complements Wipro's network, representing 26 design centres and business development offices worldwide. From the Kiel Centre, Wipro Technologies can now support its European customers even more effectively in swiftly implementing demanding embedded solution projects. Kiel commended itself as a location due to its optimum infrastructure and transport connections by plane, train, ferry and motorway. Customers in German-speaking countries and those in Scandinavia, northern Europe and in the Baltics are within easy reach.

At the Wipro Kiel Design Centre (KDC), a team of RISC processor specialists in ARM Technology will support customers directly on location in developing rapidly and fault-free system-on-chip solutions (SoC).

The services offered by the Centre will focus on SoC solutions in the areas of PDA, intelligent mobile phones; mobile data capture units, internet access solutions, networking and automobile electronics. Although these mobile devices and applications appear to be completely different from one another, they share a common feature: their complex software, including an operating system, is accommodated in the smallest possible space. Very frequently RISC processors from ARM are used.

Wipro is an official partner of ARM and has accumulated extensive expert knowledge in relation to ARM processor and supports those providing their own solutions in rapidly preparing them for the market. The particular challenge consists in transposing functions onto the chip, rapidly but also fault-free. Otherwise even the smallest faults in the SoC design will lead to extremely labour-intensive fault analysis and expensive reworking, threatening the launch deadline.

The head of Wipro KDC, Walter Ortmüller, understands this situation from the perspective of a long-standing SoC expert, "Many providers of highly integrated devices work without an optimum product specification. Wipro supports these customers in taking interesting solutions and implementing them as well as possible."

To this end the Wipro KDC team uses tried and tested development techniques such as 'EagleWision'. This testing procedure recognises design faults in embedded projects very early on and ensures they are resolved in time.

About Wipro Limited
Wipro Limited is the first PCMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified IT Services Company globally. Wipro provides comprehensive IT solutions and services, including systems integration, Information Systems outsourcing, package implementation, software application development and maintenance, and research and development services to corporations globally.

In the Indian market, Wipro is a leader in providing IT solutions and services for the corporate segment in India offering system integration, network integration, software solutions and IT services. Wipro also has profitable presence in niche market segments of consumer products and lighting. In the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets, Wipro provides IT solutions and services for global corporations. Wipro's ADSs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and its equity shares are listed in India on the Stock Exchange - Mumbai, and the National Stock Exchange, among others.

For more information, please visit our websites at www.wipro.com, www.wiprocorporate.com and www.wipro.co.in

For further information please contact:
Anupam Mukerji
Wipro Technologies
Tel : +91-80- 844 0251
Fax : +91-80- 844 0256

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