Combination of MIPS CPU IP and Imagination Technologies' Graphics IP to Deliver Advanced Solution for Android
TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jun 1, 2010 -- COMPUTEX TAIPEI -- MIPS Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer, home networking, wireless, communications and business applications, announced today that Taiwan's Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SiS) licensed IP from MIPS for SoCs targeting a range of next-generation mobile internet device (MID) applications. SiS licensed the high-performance MIPS32(R) 74K(TM) processor core from MIPS Technologies, citing MIPS' work with the Android(TM) platform, and the fact that the 74K core can easily and with low power consumption reach over 1GHz in a 65nm G process, as key reasons that it chose MIPS for its mobile designs. The MIPS(R) processor will be used in conjunction with graphics IP from Imagination Technologies, with whom MIPS recently announced a strategic alliance. Imagination earlier announced that SiS licensed cores from Imagination's POWERVR SGX graphics family.
According to a recent report from research firm iSuppli Corp., global MID shipments are expected to expand by nearly eightfold from 53.8 million in 2007 to 416 million in 2012, rising at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50.6%.
"The mobile internet device market is growing quickly as consumers demand smaller, faster, more sophisticated products. We are dedicated to providing our customers with solutions that will help them quickly respond to these demands with future-proof, highly-competitive designs," said Michael Chen, president of SiS. "Our close relationships with both MIPS Technologies and Imagination Technologies, along with their high-performance IP cores and broad ecosystem of support including Android, enable us to create innovative and differentiated devices for the next generation of mobile products."
"As the world moves towards a more heterogeneous processing approach to SoC design, the ability to effectively combine class-leading complementary IPs across the SoC will differentiate silicon designers and give them a lead in their chosen markets," said Tony King-Smith, VP marketing, Imagination. "We are delighted to be working with SiS, delivering graphics IP cores to be used alongside MIPS' proven and highly-respected processor cores. We are confident that with this combination of leading IPs, SiS will craft devices that will excite the market and cement SiS' growing role within it."
"Companies developing mobile SoCs are increasingly turning to MIPS Technologies because they recognize the differentiation that we provide through our high-performance, power efficient processors, optimizations for key multimedia-centric software platforms and integration with market-leading complementary IP solutions," said Art Swift, vice president of marketing, MIPS Technologies. "By selecting both MIPS and Imagination, SiS benefits from best-in-class IP that will help it create a new generation of differentiated devices. SiS has always been at the leading edge of innovation in multimedia design, and we're excited at the continued expansion of MIPS in the burgeoning MID market."
About the MIPS32 74K Core Family
The MIPS32 74K core family provides essential advantages for high-performance SoC design, while significantly reducing overall die area, cost, and power consumption. 74K cores are the industry's first fully-synthesizable processors to surpass 1 GHz using industry standard libraries and EDA flows. The 74K core family is based on a superscalar microarchitecture with out-of-order instruction dispatch. The innovative embedded microarchitecture also incorporates the MIPS(R) DSP Application Specific Extension (ASE) Rev2. These instructions, coupled with a dual-issue 74K microarchitecture, dramatically boost signal processing performance. The 74K core family is supported by a robust suite of software development tools, the MIPS DSP Library, and a third party DSP applications network. This enables SoC designers to work in a single design environment and significantly lower system costs by migrating DSP functionality onto a 74K core. The 74K core is available with (74Kf) or without (74Kc) floating point unit support.
About Imagination Technologies
Imagination Technologies Group plc -- a global leader in multimedia and communication silicon technologies -- creates and licenses market-leading processor cores for graphics, video, multi-threaded embedded processing/DSP and multi-standard communications applications. These silicon intellectual property (IP) solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by a strong array of software tools and drivers as well as extensive developer and middleware ecosystems. Target markets include mobile phone, handheld multimedia, home consumer entertainment, mobile and low-power computing, and in-car electronics.Its licensees include many of the leading semiconductor and consumer electronics companies. Imagination has corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. See: www.imgtec.com.
About Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SiS)
Founded in 1987, Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) is a worldwide leader in the development of leading-edge core logic chipsets. Over the last 20 years, its products have been widely used in various applications such as Desktop PCs, notebook PCs, Embedded Systems, Wireless Communications, Servers, and Digital Entertainment Devices. Going beyond the consumer generation, SiS has sustained advances in the value proposition to customers that depend on powerful core logic circuit design technology. SiS is providing advanced and excellent service in the consumer product fields such as the HDTV chipsets, SSD controller, Projected Capacitive Touch controller, and e-Book SoC total solutions. For more information about SiS, visit www.sis.com.
About MIPS Technologies, Inc.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores that power some of the world's most popular products for the home entertainment, communications, networking and portable multimedia markets. These include broadband devices from Linksys, DTVs and digital consumer devices 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. Founded in 1998, MIPS Technologies is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with offices worldwide. For more information, contact (408) 530-5000 or visit www.mips.com.