Update: MIPS Technologies Acquires Chipidea (August 27, 2007)
Analog IP Leader Meets Stringent Requirements of Leading Multimedia Chip Company
LISBON, Portugal - April 2, 2008 - MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NasdaqGS: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard architectures, processors and analog IP for digital consumer, home networking, wireless communications and business applications, today announced that Vimicro International Corporation (Nasdaq: VIMC) has selected MIPS Technologies as a key supplier of analog and mixed-signal IP and subsystems. Vimicro is a leading fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets embedded multimedia signal-processing chips and solutions.
"Vimicro's success in the multimedia signal processing business is directly related to our ability to rapidly bring differentiated designs to market," said Dr. Mike Yu, vice president of Vimicro. "We selected MIPS Technologies as our supplier of analog and mixed-signal IP for its proven record in rapidly and efficiently meeting our needs for high-quality IP."
MIPS Technologies' Analog Business Group developed a completely new power management IP solution that was seamlessly integrated into Vimicro's design, meeting Vimicro's goals for optimized performance, cost and power consumption. The MIPS Technologies team worked collaboratively with Vimicro at every stage of the project to ensure successful integration.
"Some semiconductor IP companies deliver cores, and then leave customers with the difficult task of design integration," said Nuno Ramalho, vice president of Audio and Power Solutions, MIPS Technologies' Analog Business Group. "We stake our reputation on providing results for our customers by striving for 'first-time-right' design success, and we back this with the efforts necessary to achieve it. We improve on the usual IP supplier/customer relationship by offering advantages like the Analog IP Foundry and our Integration-to-Production Program. Our successful collaboration with Vimicro demonstrates our dedication."
The team developed the Chipidea CI2522kl 2MHz Low Pin Count Step-down DC-DC Converter to tackle a range of power-management functions on Vimicro's SoC design. The converter offers highly integrated functionality to generate, manage and monitor multiple voltage domains on a SoC. It converts voltage supplies at high efficiency and offers an integrated supply and control module to generate all the reference signals and voltages needed for supply monitoring, power-on reset, clocking and timing information. Additionally, the IP core features a voltage regulator, Fs=2MHz, Vin=1.7V-3.6V, Vout=0.8V-1.4V, Iout=100mA, low pin count, PWM and VFM buck converter.
Vimicro International Corporation is a leading fabless semiconductor company in China that designs, develops and markets proprietary embedded multimedia signal processing chips and solutions that enable multimedia applications for mobile phones over 2.5G/3G networks and PCs over broadband Internet. http://www.vimicro.com/english
Analog Business Group - Chipidea
Chipidea is the world leader in analog/mixed-signal intellectual property targeting fast-growing market segments, including wireless communications, digital media, consumer electronics, power management, data conversion and connectivity. Chipidea was acquired by MIPS Technologies in August 2007, and today serves as the company's Analog Business Group. Chipidea offers the broadest array of state-of-the-art RF, analog and mixed-signal technologies worldwide with a library of proven IP in today's leading processes across a wide array of foundries. The company's advanced and extensive analog and mixed-signal IP portfolio enables next-generation SoC designers to integrate silicon-proven functionality previously available only to large integrated device manufacturers. Founded in 1997, Chipidea licenses its technology to leading semiconductor companies across all major markets, offering high-precision, single-function blocks to complete analog sub-systems. Based in Lisbon, Portugal, Chipidea can be reached at (+351) 210336300. For more information, visit www.chipidea.com.
About MIPS Technologies, Inc.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NasdaqGS: MIPS) is the world's second largest semiconductor design IP company and the number one analog IP company worldwide. With more than 250 customers around the globe, MIPS Technologies powers some of the world's most popular products for the digital consumer, broadband, wireless, networking and portable media markets-including broadband devices from Linksys, DTVs and entertainment systems from Sony, DVD recordable devices from Pioneer, digital set-top boxes from Motorola, network routers from Cisco, 32-bit microcontrollers from Microchip Technology and laser printers from Hewlett-Packard. Today, the company owns more than 400 patent properties (patents and applications) worldwide. Founded in 1998, MIPS Technologies is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices worldwide. For more information, contact (650) 567-5000 or visit www.mips.com.