SUNNYVALE, Calif. - February 10, 2011 - MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer, home networking, wireless, communications and business applications, announced that an array of MIPS-Based products, ranging from smartphones and tablets to mobile infrastructure, will be on display at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, being held February 14-17, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. Some demonstrations will be in MIPS Technologies' partner and customer booths and suites, while others will be shown in the MIPS Demo Suite number 4.6HS57.
"One year ago at Mobile World Congress, MIPS Technologies announced our intention to enter the processor market for mobile handsets, with our first design win and ecosystem partners. Now, a year later we are showing the first MIPS-Based smartphones and tablets, supported by a rapidly expanding ecosystem for mobile devices. The MIPS® architecture already holds the number one position in wireless infrastructure technologies such as WiFi routers and residential gateways. Now we are making strong inroads into mobile user equipment (UE). The scalability and efficiency of the MIPS architecture make it an ideal solution across the wireless spectrum," said Art Swift, vice president of marketing and business development, MIPS Technologies.
MIPS Goes Mobile! at Mobile World Congress
For mobile devices such as mobile handsets, tablets and e-readers, MIPS Technologies offers a range of processor cores and architectures, from small footprint cores with advanced levels of code compression, to some of the industry's highest performing multiprocessing solutions. MIPS processors offer high performance, low power consumption and cost efficiency supported by a strong and growing mobile ecosystem. The MIPS architecture is targeted for applications processing, baseband processing and media processing as well as connectivity technologies such as WiFi, GPS, near field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth.
In its suite at the show, MIPS will show the first MIPS-Based smartphone, feature phone and tablets that are based on systems-on-chips (SoCs) from MIPS licensees including Actions Semiconductor and Ingenic Semiconductor. This includes the Cruz Tablets from Velocity Micro, which are available now through major retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart.com, Borders and many others. It also includes a new production version of the MIPS-Based smartphone featuring the Ingenic XBurst CPU.4M Wireless will demonstrate 3G/4G multimode User Equipment (UE) operation on the MIPS architecture in its booth number 1F58. 4M Wireless has ported its PS100 LTE Protocol Stack for UE terminals onto a platform based on the MIPS32® 24K® core running the Android operating system. The demonstration on this MIPS-Based platform will highlight a seamless bi-directional handover between a 3G WCDMA protocol stack and 4M Wireless' proven 4G LTE protocol stack.Located in the Hall 3 courtyard, booth CY23, ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, will also host demonstrations of select NetFront applications for Android including NetFront Life Browser and Graffiti®, running on two MIPS-Based mobile devices: a Cruz Tablet and the MIPS-Based smartphone. NetFront Life Browser is a powerful mobile browser offering unique features and an engaging user experience. Graffiti is an intuitive, stroke-based input system that presents users with a welcome alternative to on-screen and physical keyboards.Altair Semiconductor, the world's leading developer of ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance 4G LTE chipsets, will feature demonstrations of its FourGee technology in its hospitality suite, number 4.6HS63, and at various customer and partner stands at Mobile World Congress. As part of the demonstrations, various terminal form factors such an USB dongles, fixed and portable routers and embedded modules will operate against live LTE base stations for both FDD and TDD modes. MIPS will also feature Altair's FourGee-3100/6200-based USB dongles and an embedded mPCIe module in its demo suite.In its suite number 4.1HS01, leading WHDI (Wireless Home Digital Interface) technology supplier AMIMON will demonstrate numerous new MIPS-Based WHDI products for mobile and portable applications, technology innovations and future product designs. This includes tablets with WHDI embedded, smartphone WHDI sleeves for wireless mobile-to-TV connectivity and its WHDI Stick that provides a wireless PC-to-TV connection, enabling consumers to view content (video, flash media, photos, PC games, etc.) from their PC, notebook, smartphones or tablet on a TV.MIPS will demonstrate GPS technology from CellGuide, a fabless semiconductor company offering cost-effective host-based GNSS solutions for mobile, wireless and other mass-market consumer devices. CellGuide's ACLYS single-die provides an RF front-end and a GPS co-processor in a single chip, offering ultra low-power GPS solution for devices such as PNDs, PMPs, mobile phones, netbooks, tablets, MIDs and digital cameras. MIPS will demonstrate CellGuide's positioning and navigation technology on a MIPS-Based Android platform from Sigma Designs.Also on a MIPS-Based platform from Sigma Designs, MIPS will demonstrate its new SmartCE (Connected Entertainment) platform that integrates Android, Adobe® Flash® Platform for TV, Skype, the Home Jinni ConnecTV application, social media and other key technologies to provide a truly connected consumer experience on home entertainment devices such as digital televisions, set-top boxes and Blu-ray players. The demonstration will highlight seamless integration of mobile devices with digital home devices, enabling consumers to transfer calls and video, and also use their smartphone, tablet computer or other mobile device as a remote control for their DTV.SySDSoft Inc., a leading supplier of Mobile WiMAX and LTE embedded software solutions for 4G, will show two MIPS-Based demonstrations in its suite number 2.1A67. The company will feature an LTE UE stack (L2-L3-NAS) demonstration showing the highest performance recorded to date on a MIPS-Based platform (CAT 5 at packet sizes of 512byte or larger), and CAT 3 at the smallest packet size of 64bytes. The second demonstration shows streaming of four concurrent videos from LTE home femtocell eNodeB to four users. The eNB stack running on a single MIPS32® 24Kf core can achieve CAT5 performance in a single antenna configuration. SySDSoft benchmarks demonstrate the efficiency of the MIPS architecture for 4G mobile handsets and home femto eNBs. Compared to the competition, MIPS achieves equivalent throughput at significantly lower clock frequencies, resulting in a significant power consumption advantage.
MIPS in the Wireless Infrastructure
The MIPS architecture is the leading architecture in wireless technologies such as WiFi routers, residential gateways and broadband customer premises equipment (CPE). MIPS is also widely used in enterprise routers and switches, mobile backhaul and base stations, with a growing presence in femtocells. For these applications, the MIPS architecture offers high performance with scalability to 64-bits, high data throughput, multi-threading technology and better performance/power efficiency compared to the competition.
In its suite, MIPS will highlight a MIPS-Based WiFi router that features a MIPS-Based chipset fromAtheros Communications. The Netgear WNDR3700 uses the Atheros AR928x dual-band, 2-stream 802.11n technology and AR7100 series WLAN processor. Together, these popular solutions provide robust wireless performance for a variety of retail and enterprise WLAN products.
In its booth number 1F01, Continuous Computing, the global provider of integrated platform solutions that address the mobile broadband capacity challenge, will show a complete reference implementation developed in partnership with Picochip for LTE femtocells (Home eNodeB) that includes all of the hardware and Trillium® protocol software required to develop, prototype and test FDD and TDD LTE eNodeB and Home eNodeB designs. The system leverages Cavium Networks' MIPS-Based OCTEON® CN56xx processor.
In its suite number 4.7HS58, NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETL), a worldwide leader in high-performance intelligent semiconductor solutions for next-generation Internet networks, will showcase its MIPS-Based XLP
multi-core, multi-threaded processor. The XLP processor family features unique quad-issue, quad-threaded and superscalar out-of-order capabilities with up to 128 NXCPUs
operating at 2.0GHz. The XLP processors are targeted for a wide variety of OEM systems, including LTE base stations, LTE gateways, 3G base stations, network security appliances, service gateways, deep-packet inspection (DPI) ATCA sub-systems, and network storage appliances.MIPS Technologies will showcase Xalyo Systems' XS-AMC-WP3C, a highly integrated and modular Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) based on the WinPath3 Network Processor from PMC-Sierra, which incorporates dual multi-threaded MIPS32® 34K® cores. The XS-AMC-WP3C transport protocol processing performance and feature set are targeted for multi-service access and backhaul aggregation designs.MIPS will feature several products leveraging MIPS-Based chipsets from Ralink Technology. This includes the AT&T 3G Microcell, which acts like a mini cellular tower in a home or small business environment. The company will also showcase the Rover Puck from Clearwire/Sprint, which connects up to eight laptops and Wi-Fi devices on a personal, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspot. MIPS will also show the D-Link® Wireless N Dual Band Router (DIR-815), which features simultaneous wireless bands with a faster wireless network than previous generation wireless G devices. MIPS will also show the XFINITY Wireless Gateway, an advanced router, modem and WiFi Home Networking device from Comcast.
Tata Elxsi, a leading embedded product design company and part of the $70 billion Tata group, will showcase its industry proven LTE eNodeB protocol stack and reference designs at its booth number 2C106. The stack features a highly scalable and optimized multi-core processing architecture and TDD and FDD compliance, and variants for high capacity macro and compact base stations and pico and femtocells, backed by world-class professional services for rapid integration and full platform development support. The demonstration leverages the MIPS-Based OCTEON II multi-core processor family from Cavium Networks.
MIPS will feature the G3-Mini femtocell from Ubiquisys, the leading provider of 3G femtocells. The G3-Mini features a MIPS-Based chipset from Broadcom, and is the only femtocell that constantly scans its radio environment and adapts frequency, transmitting power and scrambling codes according to operator policies. Ubiquisys femtocells can support 8, 16 or 24 simultaneous users for voice calls, with 14.4/5.7 Mbps data capacity and power consumption of less than 5W. The G3-Mini is used in mass-scale commercial deployments and is specifically designed to operate in shared or congested spectrum.
About MIPS Technologies, Inc.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS) 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.