MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, September 6, 2005 --
MIPS32® 24Kc™ and MIPS32 4KEc® Hard Cores Deliver Cost and Time-to-Market Benefits
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer and business applications, today announced two additions to its expanding line of hard intellectual property (IP) cores. The MIPS32® 24Kc™ and 4KEc® hard cores, which augment the company’s line of synthesizable IP cores, provide an easy, cost-effective, low-risk alternative for startups, fabless semiconductor companies, and system OEMs that want to take advantage of MIPS Technologies’ industry-leading 32-bit architecture in a broad range of digital consumer products.
The MIPS32 24Kc hard core builds on the momentum generated over the past year by the rapid adoption of the MIPS32 24K® family of synthesizable cores. With a worst-case frequency of 260 MHz in 10.7mm2, the 24Kc hard core is available in TSMC 180nm G process. This core is ideal for budget-conscious SoC designers, including those in the Asia/Pacific region, who need the cost and time-to-market benefits of hard cores and want more performance for set-top boxes, residential gateways, digital TVs, and other high-end consumer applications.
The MIPS32 4KEc hard core, available in a TSMC 130nm G process, offers a significant price/performance advantage to SoC designers. With a worst-case frequency of 233 MHz in 2.5mm2, the 4KEc hard core is an attractive solution for a broad range of embedded applications, including high-performance handheld and mobile consumer devices.
“By leveraging the benefits of hard IP cores with the exceptional performance of our 24K and price/performance 4KE core families, customers gain a tremendous advantage in the rapid delivery of high-performance products to cost-sensitive markets,” said Russ Bell, vice president of marketing at MIPS Technologies. “We are especially proud of the new 4KEc hard core, the first hard core developed by our new Shanghai R&D center, which offers a small, but high-performance solution for budget-conscious SoC designers around the world.”
About the 24Kc Hard IP Core
- Process: TSMC 180nm G
- Frequency: 260 MHz, worst case
- Core Size: 10.7 mm2
- Caches: 16KB/16KB
About the 4KEc Hard IP Core
- Process: TSMC 130nm G
- Frequency: 233 MHz, worst case
- Core Size: 2.5 mm2
- Caches: 8KB/8KB
Features of both hard cores include:
- 32-entry Translation Lookaside Buffer (TLB) for Linux support
- MIPS16e™ ASE for code compression
- High-performance multiply/divide unit
- CorExtend™ capability to enable customer-defined instruction extensions
- COP2 interface to customer-defined coprocessor
- Instruction and data breakpoints for debug support
In addition to the new 24Kc and 4KEc cores, MIPS Technologies’ hard IP core family includes a MIPS32 4KEc core in a TSMC 180nm G process and a MIPS32 4Kc® core in a SMIC 180nm G process.
The MIPS32 24Kc and MIPS32 4KEc hard cores are now available for licensing from MIPS Technologies. Both cores will be delivered with design kits composed of complete product documentation, design data, verification and simulation models, and include support and training. For more information, contact MIPS Technologies at +1 650 567 5000, or email@example.com.
About MIPS Technologies
MIPS Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer and business 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 and its licensees offer the widest range of robust, scalable processors in standard, custom, semi-custom and application-specific products. The company is based in Mountain View, Calif., and can be reached at +1 (650) 567-5000 or www.mips.com.