TTPCom to Develop Bluetooth Connectivity for MIPS32-Architecture in System-on-Chip - SoC - Designs
CAMBRIDGE, UK & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 23, 2001--TTP Communications plc (`TTPCom') (LSE:TTC) has announced that it will integrate portable and synthesizable Bluetooth(TM) technology with synthesizable 32-bit cores from MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:MIPS, MIPSB - ). Initially, the technology will target the digital entertainment, office and home automation markets, areas where MIPS-based(TM) designs have already established a strong presence.
``TTPCom and MIPS Technologies will offer SoC designers the opportunity to add Bluetooth functionality with a minimal impact on the silicon cost, development time or design risk,'' commented Charles Sturman, Bluetooth product manager at TTPCom. ``The small footprint of the Bluetooth component, together with the ease of integration and completeness of the solution, will allow system designers to include Bluetooth in their products with incredibly short timeframes and also at a fraction of the cost of the much touted $5 Bluetooth chip.''
The high performance of the MIPS32(TM) architecture assures ample resources are available for a variety of applications residing on a single processor, allowing set-top boxes, digital cameras, video and games consoles, printers and copiers to be Bluetooth enabled. For the lowest-cost solution, an RF transceiver device is the only other component required.
``We see tremendous potential for Bluetooth technology within our licensees' markets,'' said Derek Meyer, vice president of world-wide field operations at MIPS Technologies. ``Working together, TTPCom and MIPS Technologies will be able to offer system designers an easy path to short-range, ad-hoc, wireless networking capability for their products.''
TTPCom's Bluetooth technology is a full implementation of the 1.1 specification and was designed with scalability and portability in mind, making it ideal for SoC developers. The baseband core is supplied as a fully synthesizable VHDL design hierarchy with ASIC and FPGA synthesis scripts and a full design validation and test bench environment. Protocol software is supplied as a complete set of portable and configurable ANSI C with associated build and compilation environment and extensive suite system test scripts. A generic kernel interface abstraction layer above the operating system makes it easy for the company to support new processor cores and a large number of different operating systems.
As part of the agreement, TTPCom joined MIPS' MIPS Alliance Program (MAP). MAP provides its members with sales and technical assistance as well as broad marketing support such as Internet and traditional marketing and promotional activities. MAP members are third-party vendors who provide enhanced solutions around MIPS-based processors.
About TTPCom Ltd.
Based in Cambridge, UK, TTP Communications plc (LSE: TTC) through its subsidiary TTPCom Limited develops technology intellectual property used in the design and manufacture of wireless communication terminals. TTPCom is developing technology for future generations of GSM, such as GPRS and EDGE; Third Generation (3G) terminals; and for the Bluetooth(TM) short-range wireless communications system. Over 50 separate terminal designs using TTPCom'hardware and software technology have achieved the key milestone of Full Type Approval (FTA). TTPCom also offers complete IP and handset design for manufacturers seeking to bring products to market quickly. More information can be found at TTPCom's Web site at http://www.ttpcom.com.
About MIPS Technologies Inc.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS, MIPSB - ) 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
MIPS® is a registered trademark in the U.S. and one or more other countries, and MIPS32(TM) and MIPS-based(TM) are trademarks of MIPS Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.
Contact: MIPS Technologies, Inc.
Gerry Ziegler, 650/567-5059
TTP Communications plc
Angela Manthorpe, + 44 1763 266 266