MIPS-Based™ SoC Enables Cost-effective, Powerful Home Connectivity
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - May 12, 2008 - MIPS Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of industry-standard architectures, processors and analog IP for digital consumer, home networking, wireless, communications and business applications, today announced that BroadLight's new GPON SoC is based on the high-performance MIPS32® 24K® core. BroadLight announced separately today sample availability of the BL2348 GPON Residential Gateway (RG) SoC solution for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) applications. The BL2348 RG SoC delivers the superior performance, integration and functionality required for the latest generation of Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) that connects the home network directly to the access network.
According to a recent report from Infonetics Research, the worldwide market for passive optical networking (PON) systems grew 56% to $1.74 billion in 2007 over 2006, and sales of Ethernet FTTH equipment grew 89% in 2007 over 2006. The research firm says that the immediate revenue growth opportunity in the PON market in 2008 is GPON, and this will accelerate in 2009 as service providers increasingly deploy PON-based FTTH and FTTB networks to stay competitive.
"We are committed to providing increasingly powerful and cost-sensitive solutions to CPE providers worldwide, and our new BL2348 RG SoC delivers on that commitment," said Igor Elkanovich, vice president of VLSI for BroadLight. "We look forward to extending our presence in the FTTH market thanks to the performance and flexibility of MIPS' 24K core."
"With considerable design wins and a variety of products deployed globally, BroadLight is an acknowledged leader in the high-growth GPON market," said Brad Holtzinger, vice president of worldwide sales at MIPS Technologies. "We're pleased that BroadLight has reaffirmed its commitment to MIPS-BasedTM solutions, and that our 24K core is a key element of its innovative new solution for the connected home."
In the BL2348 SoC, the 24K core brings unprecedented 650 Dhrystone MIPS performance to the GPON control plane processor. 24K processor cores are well-suited for embedded consumer applications including digital and interactive TVs, set-top boxes and DVD players. With low power consumption, they are also ideal for battery-powered consumer electronics such as mobile phones and portable media players.
BroadLight delivers the industry's only end-to-end (E2E) solution (from the customer premises to the central office) for equipment vendors designing ITU-T compliant passive optical network (PON) systems. The company's completely integrated product line consists of standards-based communication semiconductors and software solutions that enable its customers to deliver BPON and GPON equipment to carriers and service providers worldwide. This end-to-end solution provides customers with a lower risk development cycle and enables them to significantly speed time-to-market. As a result, BroadLight technology has been adopted by leading manufacturers who are currently providing equipment for the some of the world's largest fiber PON roll-outs.
Processor Business Group
MIPS Technologies provides the number one processor architecture across a wide array of high-growth markets, including digital television, broadband access, WiFi, cable set-top boxes, DVD recorders, HD DVDs, and VoIP. The company offers the most comprehensive line of processor cores available for the embedded market-ranging from high-performance to low power products with unique efficiencies and cost advantages for next-generation SoC designs. MIPS Technologies licenses its intellectual property to leading semiconductor companies, ASIC developers and system OEMs. As an industry-standard architecture for more than two decades, MIPS Technologies provides the most extensive range of scalable microprocessors in standard, custom, semi-custom and application-specific products worldwide. The MIPS® Ecosystem provides a robust infrastructure of world-class standard tools, software suites and services to help ensure rapid, reliable, high-quality and cost-effective SoC development.
About MIPS Technologies
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.