News Release from: MIPS Technologies
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 3 February 2004

Kawasaki adds cores to ASIC library

MIPS Technologies and Kawasaki Microelectronics have entered into an agreement that adds MIPS-Based proven cores to Kawasaki's ASIC intellectual property (IP) portfolio.

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MIPS Technologies and Kawasaki Microelectronics have entered into an agreement that adds MIPS-Based proven cores to Kawasaki's ASIC intellectual property (IP) portfolio. Under the terms of the agreement, Kawasaki has taken a licence for the MIPS32 4KEc and M4K cores with rights to access additional MIPS-Based solutions including the MIPS32 4KEm and 4KEp cores, the MIPS32 4K family of cores, the MIPS64 5Kc and 5Kf cores, and a SOC-it system controller. The highly configurable family of MIPS32 4KE cores, with features such as code compression, larger writeback cache memories and extensive clock gating, gives system-on-chip (SoC) designers even more flexibility to optimise their applications by maximising performance or minimising power consumption.

With the MIPS32 M4K core, SoC designers have the ability to meet rapidly increasing data path bandwidth demands while managing silicon costs with this flexible, high performance, yet small processor core.

"MIPS processors are widely used in a diverse range of products, such as printers, mobile devices, digital televisions, digital set-top boxes, broadband access modems, and routers", said Kyoichi Kissei, Executive Vice-President of Sales, Marketing and Logistics of Kawasaki Microelectronics.

"We believe we will offer compelling SoC solutions for such applications by combining high-performance MIPS-Based cores with other key system-level blocks in our IP portfolio.

We expect to win a significant number of new SoC designs as a direct result of our agreement with MIPS".

"The powerful combination of Kawasaki's advanced ASIC technology and our high-performance, industry-standard cores provides SoC designers the time- and cost-saving measures necessary in today's competitive, global market", commented Jack Browne, Vice President of Worldwide Sales at MIPS Technologies.

"This is a combination that ultimately benefits the consumer because it enables advanced and compelling applications to be brought to market quickly and affordably".

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