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Product category: Intellectual Property Cores
News Release from: MIPS Technologies
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 23 April 2002

Intrinsity to take
MIPS to higher speeds

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MIPS Technologies has licensed its industry-standard MIPS32 architecture to Intrinsity

Intrinsity will use the 32bit MIPS instruction-set architecture with its patented Fast14 Technology to develop what promises to be the highest-performance MIPS-based embedded processors on the market. The company recently proved its breakthrough technology with a processor-based test chip that hit speeds of 2.2GHz in a 0.18-micron process.

Wireless and wired infrastructure applications demand more powerful solutions for real time system features.

It is rare to find enough performance in an embedded processor that can solve system requirements with software through a scalable processor solution.

Scalable, programmable processors also solve system partition problems by moving functions into software previously only solved with ASICS and FPGAs, saving system development cost and time to market for changing standards.

"The MIPS32 architecture is the 32bit gold standard in embedded processing in terms of power-efficient performance and scalability, plus it's open and licensable, which, unlike other architectures, enables us to develop truly innovative solutions", said Paul Nixon, cofounder, chairman and chief executive officer of Intrinsity.

"Intrinsity is breaking new ground and taking 32bit embedded processing to a whole new performance level with its impressive Fast14 Technology, and we are delighted to be an enabling part of their technology", said John Bourgoin, chairman and chief executive officer of MIPS Technologies.

"Like Intrinsity, MIPS Technologies foresees tremendous growth in demand for gigahertz and higher embedded processors for networking and communications infrastructure.

The multi-gigahertz processors that result from this agreement will further broaden an already enormous range of MIPS-based solutions available in the marketplace".

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