MIPS-centric Design Wins, Strategic Alliances and New Technologies Unveiled at World’s Largest Consumer Electronics Show
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA., January 18, 2006 -
MIPS Technologies, Inc., (NASDAQ: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer and business applications, announced today that the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show showcased dozens of ground breaking design wins and product announcements by MIPS Technologies and its customers and licensees. CES is recognized around the world as the largest and one of the most preeminent venues for technology offerings to consumers and OEMs.
"Traditionally, CES has proven to be one of the most effective venues for MIPS Technologies' customers and licensees, and this year was no exception," said Jack Browne, vice president of Marketing at MIPS Technologies. "We're very excited to see how, year after year, innovative companies continue to deliver a host of breakthrough products to consumers - with the MIPS architecture at the core of them all."
Announcements showcased at CES 2006 included:
AMD showcased a variety of personal media players (PMPs) utilizing the MIPS-Based™ Alchemy™ processor, including the Humax PMP, Explorer by Node™, Digital Cube's V43 and the FOCETM (F1-2510) by Erae Electronics. PMP designers are selecting AMD's Alchemy family of processors for integrated functionality, high performance and low-power consumption.
AMD displayed additional digital consumer devices that utilize the Alchemy CPU:
- Digital Photo Frame by Samsung supports a wide range of video and audio formats to store and display videos, images and audio recordings with PC and media center compatibility.
- The ConciergeTM retail shopping terminal by Springboard Retail Networks helps consumers locate product, monitor shopping lists and scan products.
- Geotic's IP Set-top Box allows consumers to stream video content over an Ethernet connection to their TVs, view multiple video formats and even play karaoke from this device.
- Digi International's ConnectPort Display zero-client hub transforms traditional PC architectures by allowing the interactive experience to be placed anywhere there is a network connection.
Broadcom® introduced the MIPS-Based BCM7400 dual-channel AVC/VC-1/MPEG-2 video decoder system-on-a-chip (SoC) that enables cable, satellite and IP-network equipment manufacturers to cost-effectively develop high-performance media centers. The new Broadcom chip integrates all of the required media center technology to securely access, store and share multiple types of digital media content, including high-definition TV (HDTV) programs, video-on-demand, Internet content, digital video, music and photos, and voice over IP services.
In a related announcement, Funai Electric Co. demonstrated a new set-top box using High Definition Advanced Video Compression technology, based on the BCM7401 processor.
- Broadcom announced the MIPS-Based BCM3255, the industry's first front-end cable TV set-top box chip with integrated channel bonding technology. Channel bonding is a DOCSIS® 3.0 feature that dramatically increases the transmission speed of a cable TV network, enabling multi service operators (MSOs) to migrate to an all-Internet Protocol (IP) network platform.
Planetweb® announced the SpectraWorks™ embedded user interface software platform for digital television applications will support Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.'s (TAEC's) powerful MIPS-Based TX49 RISC CPU/ASSPs. Utilizing the SpectraWorks platform, Planetweb is developing a suite of products designed to satisfy the Federal Communication Commission's rules mandating U.S. broadcast television services conversion to digital operation.
PMC-Sierra announced the availability of a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Phone reference platform that enables Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN)-like performance with toll-quality voice services and enhanced security. The compact integrated design features PMC-Sierra's MIPS-Based MSP2020 Secure VoIP processor and certified Voice Processing Software, allowing Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) to address market demands of functionality, competitive price, reliability and security requirements.
Trident Microsystems introduced its second-generation, MIPS-Based HiDTVTM Pro Digital Video Processor Family. Tailored for the era of high-definition content, and featuring a sixth-generation, twelve-bit implementation of Trident's DCReTM video processor, the HiDTV Pro Family simultaneously decodes two high-definition video streams for the most demanding high-definition video displays.
ViXS announced the availability of the MIPS-Based XCode™ 2100 family of single and dual stream digital/analog video processors. ViXS' XCode 2100 series is the world's most integrated video processing core -- a family of single-chip video processing units (VPU) that combine MPEG encoding, high-definition transcoding/transrating, world-compliant content protection, and conditional access with hardware encryption/decryption.
- ViXS also introduced the MIPS-Based MatrixTM Mini PCI, a self-contained plug and play module for developing wireless TVs and set-top boxes. Based on ViXS' Matrix IITM wireless baseband processor, the Mini PCI module is a self-booting evaluation and integration unit that allows OEMs to quickly incorporate wireless capability into their consumer electronic products without any software configuration required.
- ViXS, in collaboration with PLX Technology, also demonstrated a video system blending the two companies' interconnect and MPEG-encoder technologies. The demonstration highlights how PLX® PCI-to-PCIe bridges can enhance the connectivity of video processor-enabled systems, and reflects the ever-widening reach of the company's interconnect devices in emerging applications. The demonstration utilized the ViXS' MIPS-Based XCode II-L video processor, which allows consumers to enjoy high-quality video and advanced functions, such as dual-stream PVR, watch-and-record capabilities and high-speed archiving to a hard drive, storage device, or DVD.
WISchip/Micronas & Digital 5
WISchip International Ltd., a Micronas group company, announced a partnership with Digital 5 to develop and co-market a digital media server (DMS) reference design. The collaboration combines the MIPS-Based Micronas/WISchip Cypher 7108-based Network PVR reference design hardware platform with Digital 5 network attached storage (NAS) media server middleware, a complete NAS media server software solution. The joint agreement will enable consumer electronics ODMs and OEMs to rapidly develop digital media server products for the new age of the digital home, reducing their costs and significantly speeding their time to market.
Zoran introduced the MIPS-Based Activa 220 and 230 processors, additional members of the recently announced family of breakthrough DVD recorder solutions. In addition to the DVD read/write front-end and back-end functions of the recently announced Activa 200 processor, the Activa 220 SoC adds a high-speed integrated drive electronics (IDE) interface to enable full personal video recorder (PVR) functionality for combination hybrid optical disk drive (ODD) and hard disk drive (HDD) recorders. The Activa 230 processor integrates two digital video broadcast (DVB) transport processor interfaces with complete free-to-air support for dual tuners in addition to the complete optical disk drive ODD+HDD feature set.
For more information about these announcements, please visit the companies' respective Website or www.mips.com. About MIPS Technologies
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS) 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