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News Release from: MIPS Technologies | Subject: MIPS32 4Km
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 24 September 2002

Core powers video-over-IP solution

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High-quality wireless video distribution is now a reality with the launch of a video-over-IP solution from ViXS Systems based on the high-performance, low-power MIPS32 4Km processor core

ViXS' MIPS-based Xcode chip, which was unveiled today, is a content-secured, multistream, real-time transrating and transcoding chip that enables the distribution of broadcast-quality video to multiple devices over wired and wireless networks. For example, it enables a single set-top box to feed many TVs in the home, as well as PCs, PDAs, laptops, wedpads and other devices, each displaying a different program.

"Our goal was to give consumers advanced multimedia services on devices throughout the home without a lot of hard-wired media centres and set-top boxes, which would have been cost-prohibitive in this market.

The solution was to overcome the bandwidth challenge of delivering high-resolution MPEG video streams over a wireless network, which we were able to do with XCode and its MIPS processor core", said Hugh Chow, cofounder and vice president of engineering at ViXS.

"We evaluated cores from the leading processor IP suppliers and chose the MIPS core for its performance, ease of use and cost-effectiveness, and the ready availability of third-party development tools.

It was key to the swift time-to-market of our XCode ASIC".

Using the 4Km core, ViXS was able to develop a powerful bandwidth management system that ensures quality of service.

It optimises network resources as new devices are brought on and off line, eliminating network congestion and the frame loss that would otherwise result from high-bandwidth MPEG video streams on an 802.11 wireless network.

"ViXS is forging new frontiers in streaming video and wireless technologies that promise to significantly enhance a user's experience and offer new opportunities to service providers", said Kevin Meyer, vice president of marketing at MIPS Technologies.

"Companies such as ViXS depend on industry-standard processor technology and development tools that enable rapid, flexible, cost-effective development and lower the barriers to entry into exciting new markets".

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