MIPS Technologies Certifies Multi-Core System on EEMBC MultiBench

MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NasdaqGS: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard architectures, processors and analog IP for digital consumer, home networking, wireless, communications and business applications, announced that it is the first company to certify a multi-core system on EEMBC® MultiBench[tm] benchmark software. MIPS certified its MIPS32® 1004K[tm] Coherent Processing System (CPS), the industry’s first multi-threaded multiprocessor IP core, assuring customers of the core’s high performance for a wide range of embedded applications.

MultiBench is a suite of embedded benchmarks that allows processor and system designers to analyze, test, and improve multi-core architectures and platforms. It is a straightforward analysis tool that measures real-life workloads across numerous applications, enabling companies to compare the performance of embedded platforms and aid in software development. With the latest release, the new EEMBC MultiBench 1.0e — announced separately by EEMBC today — the software becomes a true industry-standard benchmarking tool available for certification.

“As multi-core technologies continue to proliferate, the industry needs true, meaningful measures of performance that demonstrate scalability and help to flush out bottlenecks,” said EEMBC President Markus Levy. “MIPS Technologies has taken the early initiative in certifying its multi-core product on this first official release of MultiBench, thereby assuring its customers of the integrity and repeatability of its performance claims.”

“At MIPS we have already been leveraging MultiBench internally, and we are pleased that EEMBC is now making the benchmark available as an industry standard,” said Mark Throndson, director of marketing, MIPS Technologies. “The numbers we have achieved demonstrate the performance benefits of the combination of multi-threading and multiprocessing, scaling well from one to several cores. At the upcoming Multicore Expo, I will present the latest performance data on a variety of EEMBC MultiBench benchmarks.”

The Multicore Expo will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif., March 16 – 19, 2009. Mr. Throndson’s presentation, “Scaling Performance on One Architecture Running Under Linux,” will take place on Tuesday, March 17, at 3:40 p.m. Pacific.

MIPS Technologies’ 1004K CPS provides among the best performance efficiency and configurability in a multiprocessing system — up to four single- or multi-threaded processors integrated with advanced system coherency. The 1004K CPS helps lower SoC development costs since for many applications, fewer processors are needed than with other multiprocessor solutions. Multi-threading in each CPU provides significant performance gains over single-threaded multiprocessor offerings. The 1004K CPS is available in two versions: the 1004Kc[tm] using integer cores, and the 1004Kf[tm] with a floating point unit in each core.

EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium develops benchmark software that helps processor architects and embedded system designers better understand the capabilities of embedded microprocessors and the systems in which they are used. Currently available benchmark software allows users to predict unicore and multicore processor performance and its associated energy cost in digital entertainment, digital imaging, networking, and office automation applications. Additional suites address automotive, embedded Java, and telecom applications. The consortium’s operations include an EEMBC Technology Center that provides a full range of benchmarking and benchmark score certification services in addition to serving as EEMBC’s R&D center for benchmark software development.

About MIPS Technologies, Inc.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NasdaqGS: 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 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.

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