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MIPS32(R) 74K(TM) Core Featured in Broadcom's New Family of Single-Chip WLAN Router Solutions
Jul 16, 2008 (06:07 AM EDT)


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MIPS Technologies, Inc. , a leading provider of industry-standard architectures, processors and analog IP for digital consumer, home networking, wireless, communications and business applications, today announced that its superscalar MIPS32(R) 74K(TM) processor core is part of the new family of Intensi-fi(R) XLR 802.11n wireless LAN (WLAN) chipsets from Broadcom Corporation. The new Broadcom(R) solutions provide a single platform for building single- and dual-band 802.11n routers with distinct feature sets and price points. The embedded 74K core helps maintain data rates of up to 300Mbps in each band and supports Broadcom's other features that provide Wi-Fi users with the best possible multimedia experience throughout their homes.

According to ABI Research, the need for high-speed networking technology is being driven by demand from consumers and device manufacturers to unleash video entertainment around the home. ABI Research predicts that 216 million 802.11n chipsets, such as those produced by Broadcom, will be targeted towards consumer electronics devices by 2011. In 2007, Broadcom was the leading Wi-Fi chipset vendor, according to ABI Research.

"Broadcom is the leading provider of Wi-Fi chipsets, and we are pleased it has chosen the 74K core for its three new 802.11n router solutions that reduce costs without sacrificing performance," said Brad Holtzinger, vice president of worldwide sales at MIPS Technologies. "Broadcom was first to license the 74K core as an early access customer, and we look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with them as they create more exciting products that require the superior, next-generation performance our processor cores deliver."

MIPS32 74K cores are the industry's first fully synthesizable 32-bit processors to achieve operating frequencies greater than 1 GHz in TSMC 65nm process technology. The 74K core family is designed to work with generic standard cells, memories and EDA design flows without the need for premium physical IP or costly structured logic and custom design flows. Using an advanced microarchitecture designed for the embedded market, the 74K core family is optimized to deliver exceptional performance levels as well as area- and power-efficiencies required for today's complex SoC designs.

About MIPS Technologies, Inc.

MIPS Technologies, Inc. http://www.mips.com is the world's second largest semiconductor design IP company and the number one analog IP company worldwide. With more than 250 customers around the globe, MIPS Technologies is the only company that provides a combined portfolio of processors, analog IP and software tools for the embedded market. The company powers some of the world's most popular products for the digital entertainment, home networking, wireless, and portable media markets -- including broadband devices from Linksys, DTVs and digital consumer devices from Sony, DVD recordable devices from Pioneer, digital set-top boxes from Motorola, network routers from Cisco, 32-bit microcontrollers from Microchip Technology and laser printers from Hewlett-Packard. Founded in 1998, MIPS Technologies is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices worldwide. For more information, contact (650) 567-5000 or visit .

MIPS, MIPS32, 74K and MIPS-Based are trademarks or registered trademarks in the United States and other countries of MIPS Technologies, Inc. Broadcom and Intensi-fi are among the trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Jen Bernier of MIPS Technologies, Inc., +1-650-567-5178, jenb@mips.com

Web site: http://www.mips.com/