Broad Range of MIPS-Based™ Solutions Displayed At 2003 Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 23, 2003 -- MIPS Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS, MIPSB), a leading provider of industry standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer and business applications, today announced that leading MIPS Technologies licensees used the Embedded Systems Conference event to introduce new MIPS-based™ products that are targeted at the consumer electronics and networking markets.
ESC is one of the largest annual technology events in the embedded electronics industry, where thousands of designers have access to the latest hardware and software solutions for development of embedded SOCs. The strong display of MIPS-based products at the show underscores the ongoing innovation by ISA and core licensees, which are enabled by MIPS Technologies' open and flexible business model. Listed below by company name is a summary of the MIPS-based devices that were announced and displayed at ESC San Francisco.
Centillium Communications introduced the MIPS-based Entropia III, its fourth generation voice-over-IP (VoIP) processor that the company claims is the highest density, lowest power, and most cost-effective SOC solution available on the market. It features four MIPS32™ 4K™ cores and integrates digital signal processor (DSP) power and network processing capabilities, while supporting more than 1,000 VoIP channels on a single chip. Such a high level of integration and chip density enables system vendors to achieve the maximum density solution for highly scaleable gateway designs.
IDT demonstrated a range of integrated communications processors from its Interprise™ family: the MIPS-based RC32334, RC32355 and RC32438 processors. Recently, IDT announced that Senao International, a Taiwan-based innovator of last-mile communications systems, selected the RC32438 processor to power its new dual-band wireless access points (WAP) and wireless routers designed for 802.11a-, 802.11b- and 802.11g-based networks. And, the MIPS-based RC32365 processor was called a "good choice" for SOHO and SME applications requiring VPN support, according to The Linley Group, a leading analyst firm covering the networking market.
Intrinsity announced the FastMATH-LP™ device, a new MIPS-based FastMATH Adaptive Signal Processor™ product that delivers the highest programmable performance for power-constrained embedded applications. The company also announced production pricing for the award-winning FastMATH and FastMIPS™ processors at 2 GHz and 1.5 GHz. The FastMATH LP device uses the same pin-out and delivers the same functionality as the FastMATH processor, but is optimized for applications that require lower-cost, cooler thermal solutions.
NEC showcased a range of its semiconductor solutions for embedded applications. Included were a variety of the company's 32- and 64-bit MIPS-based VR Series™ of microprocessors, such as the high-performance VR5500™ and VR7701™ processors, the highly integrated and low-power-consuming VR4181A™, and the VR4130™ family. NEC Electronics' VR Series encompasses a range of highly efficient MPUs with power consumption and performance capabilities ideal for applications ranging from handheld devices to high-end embedded systems. The stand-alone and integrated VR Series processors feature a rich development environment, including reference designs and broad operating system support, that reduce the time and cost to market for customers' products.
PMC-Sierra announced the immediate availability of the Jaguar-ATX form factor evaluation board for the company's RM9000x1™ and RM9000x2™ highly integrated 1 GHz 64-bit MIPS-based processors. The Jaguar-ATX, co-developed by PMC-Sierra and Momentum Computer, also includes Marvell®'s industry-leading Discovery™ II MV64340 System Controller. The Jaguar-ATX was developed to assist in the development of a variety of high performance networking applications, including enterprise routers, DSLAMS, multiservice switches, high-end laser printers, storage area network (SAN) applications, wireless base stations, and digital imaging. The low power, ATX-form factor board provides an easy, flexible platform to evaluate PMC-Sierra's highly integrated 1 GHz processors.
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) made a number of MIPS-based announcements at ESC San Francisco. They included: (1) a new single-chip high-definition (HD) digital multimedia decoder device with an integrated 64-bit 200 MHz MIPS-based TX49 CPU, an MPEG-2 decoder and peripherals; (2) the TMPR4938XBG-300 that operates at a maximum frequency of 300 MHz with low-power consumption and features a built-in Ethernet MAC or a NAND Flash Memory interface; and (3) the new TMP1962 that incorporates one megabyte of mask ROM or Flash Memory and 40 kilobytes of ROM along with various peripheral functions in a 281-pin package. Samples of the flash memory version, the TMP1962F10AXB, are scheduled to be available in December 2003.
About MIPS Technologies
MIPS Technologies, Inc. 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.
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