ALi Licenses MIPS32 24KEc Pro Core for STB, PMP Designs

MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard architectures, processor cores and analog IP for digital consumer, home networking, wireless, communications and business applications, announced that Taiwan-based ALi Corporation has licensed the customizable MIPS32® 24KEc(TM) Pro core for advanced multimedia designs. One of the world’s leading consumer IC companies, ALi integrates the power-efficient MIPS-Verified(TM) processor into SoCs targeting digital entertainment devices, including portable media players (PMPs) and set-top boxes (STBs).

“Consumers want entertainment devices that combine superior features with cost- and power-efficiency,” said May Wang, spokesperson at ALi Corporation. “Our challenge is to deliver intuitive designs that integrate outstanding performance and low power with the smallest die size. Working with MIPS Technologies gives us the flexibility to design highly differentiated solutions that outstrip the competition. A recent example is the MIPS®-enabled STB chipset for the USA Couple-Eligible Converter Box (CECB) program, which has already been adopted by a customer and is among the first to be authorized by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).”

ALi joins an impressive list of international companies that are currently developing MIPS-Based(TM) designs for digital home, networking, communications and portable entertainment applications – all markets where MIPS holds an impressive leadership position. The rapid adoption of the MIPS architecture and cores has contributed to making the Greater China region the fastest-growing market for MIPS Technologies worldwide.

“We’re delighted that ALi has chosen the 24KEc Pro core for the development of uniquely tailored SoC designs,” said Brad Holtzinger, vice president of worldwide sales at MIPS Technologies. “Our combined expertise will allow ALi to sharpen its competitive edge and extend its considerable prominence around the world.”

MIPS Pro Series® cores give chip designers the flexibility to develop distinctive consumer applications that combine exceptional performance with superior area and power efficiency. Leveraging the CorExtend(TM) capability, the ALi development team can add highly differentiated instructions and functionality to MIPS-Based SoCs.

About ALi Corporation
ALi Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of integrated circuits for PC, multimedia, and portable peripheral applications. ALi Corporation has further expanded into the consumer electronics market, with product offerings including STB and personal multimedia Audio/Video solutions.

Processor Business Group
MIPS Technologies provides the number one processor architecture worldwide in high-growth markets such as digital television, broadband access, WiFi, cable set-top boxes, DVD recorders, HD DVDs, and VoIP. The company offers the broadest array of processor cores available in the embedded market-ranging from high-performance to low-power products with unique efficiencies and cost advantages for next-generation SoC designs. MIPS Technologies licenses its intellectual property to leading semiconductor companies, ASIC developers and system OEMs. As an industry-standard architecture for more than two decades, MIPS Technologies offers the most extensive range of scalable microprocessors in standard, custom, semi-custom and application-specific products worldwide. The MIPS® Ecosystem provides a robust infrastructure of world-class standard tools, software and services to help ensure rapid, reliable, and cost-effective SoC development.

About MIPS Technologies, Inc.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS) 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 powers some of the world’s most popular products for the digital consumer, broadband, wireless, networking and portable media markets-including broadband devices from Linksys, DTVs and entertainment systems 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. Today, the company owns more than 400 patent properties (patents and applications) worldwide. Founded in 1998, MIPS Technologies is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices worldwide. For more information, contact (650) 567-5000.

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