Customers of MIPS32® 24K Core Family Assured of Quick Time-to-Market For Performance-Hungry ApplicationsFREMONT and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 5, 2004
- MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS) and Virage Logic Corp. (Nasdaq: VIRL) announced today that Virage Logic’s Area, Speed and Power (ASAP) Memory High-Speed (HS) IP was used to demonstrate the industry-leading performance of the new MIPS32® 24K™ family of processor cores (see related announcement from MIPS Technologies).
“Our strategy is to ensure that 24K core customers can achieve industry leading performance in a small silicon footprint and within the constraints of tight development schedules. By offering a proven, reliable core that can incorporate industry-leading technology, such as Virage Logic’s ASAP Memory product, we are helping SoC designers reach their goals in a standard environment,” said Victor Peng, vice president of engineering at MIPS Technologies.
Increasingly complex System-on-Chips (SoCs) require greater amounts of memory, which present significant wafer yield issues. Using Virage Logic’s silicon-proven embedded memory IP, designers can integrate small, moderate or large amounts of on-chip memory to reduce overall system cost and size, while meeting time-to-market requirements. The ASAP Memory HS product is suited for high-volume applications where high-speed, area-efficient memory implementation is a requirement.
“By going the extra mile and using Virage Logic’s high-speed memory IP to help ensure the 24K cores perform as intended, MIPS Technologies is giving its customers greater leverage to quickly achieve their design goals with a significant performance and time-to-market advantage,” said Jim Ensell, vice president of marketing for Virage Logic. “Virage Logic is pleased to be a part of the launch of the highest-performing synthesizable processor cores in the industry and congratulates MIPS Technologies on its 24K core family.”About ASAP Memory
The ASAP Memory product line provides the largest selection of silicon-proven embedded memories designed for testability and manufacturability. The product line comprises High-Density (HD) memories optimized for area, High-Speed (HS) memories optimized for speed, and Ultra-Low-Power (ULP) memories optimized for battery-powered and hand-held applications. To evaluate the 24K cores, MIPS Technologies used the ASAP Memory HS memory product. ASAP Memory features include:
About the MIPS32 24K Core Family
- High-current bit cells optimized for fast signal propagation, enabling faster memories
- Super-fast X-decoder technology that selects and deselects words in parallel, resulting in very quick decoding
- Proprietary circuit optimization techniques that minimize cycle time
- Ultra-High-Speed memories that utilize very advanced features, such as pipelining, to dramatically reduce memory access time
The MIPS32 24K core family, which includes the 24Kc™, 24Kc Pro, 24Kf™ and 24Kf Pro versions, offers performance from 400 to 550 MHz worst case in a 0.13 micron process, the highest frequency available in 32-bit synthesizable cores for embedded markets, while minimizing design time and reducing product costs. Tailored SoC design methodologies, an Open Core Protocol (OCP) interconnect structure, standard libraries and on-chip memories from industry-leading companies help speed time-to-market, an important advantage for a processor core suited to embedded consumer applications such as digital and interactive TVs, set-top boxes and DVD players. For more information, visit the MIPS Technologies Website or contact the company at +1 650 567 5000.About Virage Logic
Virage Logic Corporation (Nasdaq:VIRL) is a leading provider of best-in-class semiconductor IP platforms based on memory, logic, and I/Os that are silicon-proven and production ready. Virage Logic meets market demands for cost reduction, while improving performance and reliability for fabless and integrated device manufacturer (IDM) companies focused on the consumer, communications and networking, handheld and portable, and computer and graphics markets. Virage Logic is headquartered in Fremont, California and has sales and support offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.viragelogic.com
or call (877) 360-6690 toll free or (510) 360-8000. 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
MIPS and MIPS32 are registered trademarks in the United States and other countries, and MIPS-Based, 24K, 24Kc and 24Kf are trademarks of MIPS Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.
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