MIPS Technologies Licenses MIPS64[tm] 5Kf[tm] and MIPS32[tm]4KEc[tm] Processor Cores to LSI Logic Strategic Agreement Provides Foundation for LSI Logic's High-End
Processor Roadmap Using Vendor-Independent, Industry-Standard MIPS Cores.
AN JOSE and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Embedded Processor Forum, June 11, 2001 - MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS, MIPSB) and LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced that LSI Logic has taken a license for the new high-performance MIPS64[tm] 5Kf[tm] and MIPS32[tm] 4KEc[tm] standard processor cores from MIPS Technologies. With this licensing agreement, LSI Logic extends its already strong CoreWare® portfolio to include "off-the-shelf", vendor-independent, industry-standard MIPS cores. The MIPS 5Kf and 4KEc cores will be the foundation for LSI Logic's high-end processor roadmap and also address the needs of those customers who prefer more widely available standard processor cores. These two new cores are well suited for the high-performance processing needs of LSI Logic's leading-edge customers in the broadband, networking, printing systems, storage and digital consumer markets. Both the 5Kf and 4KEc cores will be implemented in LSI Logic's 0.13 micron (drawn) Gflx[tm] ASIC process technology.
"Our long standing relationship with MIPS Technologies has helped keep LSI Logic at the forefront of 32- and 64-bit processor based SoC solutions for the embedded market," said Rafi Kedem, senior director of processor cores at LSI Logic. "These new cores are an excellent foundation for our high-end processor roadmap which is based on the MIPS64 and MIPS32 architectures. Additionally, more customers are requesting industry-standard cores to benefit from a broad range of standard third party tools and to maintain a wider choice of SoC vendors." LSI Logic has also upgraded its architecture license to include the standard MIPS32 and MIPS64 architectures.
"LSI Logic, the first MIPS architecture licensee and a user of MIPS[tm] 32- and 64-bit architectures for over 10 years, has shipped more MIPS-based[tm] SoCs than any other semiconductor company," said Derek Meyer, vice president of worldwide field operations at MIPS Technologies. "We are extremely pleased with these new agreements as they significantly expand our relationship with a world leader in complex SoC designs and gives LSI Logic the flexibility to offer a range of MIPS32 and MIPS64 based processor cores that meet the growing demand for high-performance."
The new MIPS32 4KEc core, which represents the next generation of MIPS 32-bit cores, offers higher-performance, easier-to-implement solutions for a variety of embedded applications from traditional set-top box and printing solutions to emerging home networking products. This is also the first standard MIPS core family to implement MIPS16e[tm] code compression, an enhanced and backward compatible version of MIPS16[tm] code compression technology. MIPS16e can reduce memory requirements by up to 40 percent, providing significant savings in overall system cost.
The new 64-bit 5Kf core is the only licensable, synthesizable core with an integrated floating-point unit and sophisticated cache architecture and is well suited for applications demanding high-performance processing such as high-quality graphics, imaging and printing, and next generation digital consumer products. (See today's related announcements on the 4KE family and 5Kf core from MIPS Technologies.)
About MIPS Technologies, Inc.
LSI Logic Corp. (NYSE: LSI) is a leading designer and manufacturer of communications and storage semiconductors for applications that access, interconnect and store data, voice and video. In addition, the company supplies storage network solutions for the enterprise. LSI Logic is headquartered at 1551 McCarthy Boulevard, Milpitas, CA 95035, 866-574-5741 (within U.S.), 719-533-7679 (outside U.S.), http://www.lsilogic.com
About MIPS Technologies, Inc.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer and network 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 http://www.mips.com
MIPS® is a registered trademark in the United States and one or more other countries, and MIPS-based[tm], MIPS16[tm], MIPS16e[tm], MIPS64[tm], MIPS32[tm], 4KEc[tm]and 5Kf[tm]are trademarks of MIPS Technologies, Inc. CoreWare®, and Gflx[tm]are trademarks of LSI Logic Corporation.
All other trademarks referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.
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