Infineon Technologies Licenses MIPS Technologies 64-Bit Core For Use In Next Generation IADs And LAN Switching System-On-a-Chip Solutions
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and MUNICH, Germany (November 9, 2000) - Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE: IFX), one of the world's leading providers of communications integrated circuits (ICs), and MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS, MIPSB) a leading provider of industry standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer and network applications, today announced that Infineon is licensing the MIPS64? 5Kc? processor core for use in next generation integrated access devices (IADs) and specialized local area network (LAN) switching applications.
Infineon will license both the MIPS64 5Kc processor core and a MIPS64 5Kc-based subsystem, which will be integrated into Infineon's powerful system-on-chip (SoC) solutions. Infineon chose the 5Kc core based on its recognition as a de-facto standard in the 64-bit communication processor market.
"The MIPS64 5Kc core is an excellent complement to our portfolio of high performance real-time control and DSP core architectures. Access to this core will allow us to broaden the array of integrated and scalable broadband communications SoC solutions we offer to our global customer base," said Gerhard Geiger, senior vice president and general manager of the communications group of Infineon. "When combined with recent acquisitions and partnerships undertaken by Infineon, this agreement will further strengthen our position as a key technology supplier to high growth markets, such as LAN switching and IADs."
"Infineon is a significant new licensee for the MIPS European operation. The agreement demonstrates how our flexible, customer-focused business model is ideally suited to demanding requirements of world-class semiconductor companies," said John Hall, vice president of MIPS Technologies' European operations. "Having a semiconductor leader such as Infineon incorporate our flexible high performance 64-bit processor core into its broad portfolio provides further proof of our position as a primary provider of powerful microprocessor architectures in the communications market. Infineon is the latest leading semiconductor company to benefit from our European design center in Denmark - a center of excellence with more than fifty design engineers assisting customers implement cores in an SoC environment to create new application platforms."
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for applications in the wired and wireless communications markets, for security systems and smartcards, for the automotive and industrial sectors, as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In the fiscal year 2000 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.28 billion with about 29,000 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at www.infineon.com.
About MIPS Technologies, Inc.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of industry standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer and network applications. The company drives the broadest architectural alliance that is delivering 32- and 64-bit embedded RISC solutions. The company licenses its intellectual property to semiconductor companies, ASIC developers, and system OEMs. MIPS Technologies, Inc. and its licensees offer the widest range of robust, scalable processors in standard, custom, semi-custom and application-specific products.
Licensees currently include: Alchemy Semiconductor, Inc.; Altera Corporation; ATI Technologies Inc.; Broadcom Corporation; Centillium Communications, Inc.; Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd.; Conexant Systems, Inc.; EmpowerTel Networks (formally known as Lara Technology, Inc.); ESS Technology, Inc.; Gemplus International S.A.; Integrated Device Technology (IDT), Inc.; InSilicon Corporation; Integrated Telecom Express (ITeX), Inc.; LSI Logic Corporation; Macronix America, Inc.; Metalink Ltd.; Micron Technology, Inc.; General Instrument Corporation (acquired by Motorola, Inc.); NEC Corporation; NeoMagic Corporation; NKK Corporation; Philips Semiconductors International B.V.; Quantum Effect Devices, Inc. (acquired by PMC-Sierra, Inc.); QuickLogic Corporation; Sandcraft, Inc.; SiByte, Inc.; Sony Corporation; Synova Incorporated; Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company; Texas Instruments Incorporated; Toshiba Corporation; and Excess Bandwidth Corporation (acquired by Virata Corporation). Numerous companies utilize MIPS-based intellectual property. MIPS Technologies, Inc. is based in Mountain View, California, and can be reached at +1 650-567-5000 or http://www.mips.com.
Infineon and the stylized Infineon Technologies design are trademarks and servicemarks of Infineon Technologies AG. MIPS is a registered trademark, and MIPS-based, MIPS64 and MIPS64 5Kc are trademarks of MIPS Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies. All press materials are available on the World Wide Web via: http://www.mips.com
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