Entropic’s New MIPS-Based™ Chipset Enhances MIPS® Architecture’s Growing Position as Technology-of-Choice for Home Entertainment MarketMOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., February 17, 2004 -
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS) announced today that a revolutionary new chipset from Entropic Communications, which allows homeowners to create a high-speed multimedia network and share high-speed video and data throughout the home using existing coaxial cable, is based on the MIPS32™ 4KEm™ processor core. The c.LINK-270 chipset enables coax to transmit digital data at 270 Mbps, or more than 20 times the speed of most home networks. The chipset's two ICs consist of an RF front-end, and a baseband controller built around the 4KEm processor core.
Entropic is a founding member of the Multimedia Over Coax Alliance (MoCATM), which made headlines when it was announced last month at the Consumer Electronics Show, and which includes industry leaders Cisco Systems, Comcast, EchoStar Communications, Panasonic, Motorola, RadioShack and Toshiba. MoCATM is developing standards for the distribution of content over in-home coax cable, allowing consumers to easily link household devices such as TVs, digital video recorders and PCs, and access high-quality voice, video and data from room to room.
According to Entropic President and CEO Patrick Henry, "Our goal was to give consumers the most cost-effective method for networking high-quality video and data throughout the home at blazing-fast speed. The MIPS core not only gave us the performance we needed, but also offered the most flexibility to meet some very challenging design requirements."
"Consumer-friendly solutions, such as those from Entropic, greatly enhance the user experience and underscore why MIPS-Based devices, such as digital TVs and DVD recordable devices, are fast becoming the popular choice in home entertainment," said Jack Browne, vice president of worldwide sales at MIPS Technologies. "We applaud Entropic as they take advantage of the high performance MIPS architecture to bring consumers new ways to share content."
About MIPS32 4KE cores
The 4KE family of processor cores delivers 1.5 Dhrystone MIPS/MHz of performance and provides many configurable options that allow designers to optimize the core for their applications. The result is lower overall system cost enabled by increased performance, reduced die size and lower power consumption.
About Entropic Communications
Entropic Communications is a privately held fabless semiconductor company based in San Diego, Calif. Entropic's products hold the promise to fundamentally change the way video and other broadband multimedia are used in homes. Since its founding in 2001, Entropic has raised $46 million from leading venture and strategic investors, including CMEA, Mission Ventures, Redpoint, Cisco, Comcast, Intel, Motorola, Panasonic and Time Warner.
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.