MIPS Releases Optimized ActionScript VM to Tamarin Open Source Project

MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer, home networking, wireless, communications and business applications, announced it has released a MIPS®-optimized version of the ActionScript[TM] virtual machine (VM) that is used in compelling Web-connected technologies such as Adobe® Flash® Player. The ActionScript VM is accessible via the Tamarin open source project, and is a key component in optimizing Adobe Flash Player for running on the MIPS architecture.

MIPS’ optimizations accelerate ActionScript 3 performance on a validation suite of benchmarks by nearly 2.5x relative to the non-optimized VM. In real terms, MIPS’ optimized VM executes twice as fast on a MIPS32® 74K® CPU core relative to the optimized VM for ARM running on an ARM Cortex A8 CPU.

Adobe Flash technology for mobile phones, consumer electronics, and Internet-connected digital home devices already runs on a number of leading SoC platforms based on the MIPS architecture. Adobe Flash technology enables delivery of high-definition content and rich applications to Internet-connected TVs and TV-connected consumer electronic devices in the digital living room. The Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home will build on these capabilities with support for custom filters and effects, native 3D transformation and animation, advanced audio processing, and graphics hardware acceleration.

“Adobe Flash technology is key for the Internet-connected multimedia experience in the digital home,” said Art Swift, vice president of marketing, MIPS Technologies. “MIPS is committed to optimizing key elements of Adobe Flash Player, starting with the Tamarin project, an open source version of the ActionScript virtual machine used in Flash Player.”

“Adobe Flash technology is ubiquitous across PCs and mobile devices, and we are seeing increasing OEM demand for the Flash Platform for the Digital Home,” said Mahesh Balakrishnan, director, product management and strategy, Platform Business at Adobe. “We are pleased that MIPS Technologies is optimizing key elements used in our Flash Player technology for its architecture. We look forward to incorporating these optimizations in future Flash Player releases in support of the many SoC vendors using the MIPS architecture.”

About MIPS Technologies, Inc.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS) is a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores that power some of the world’s most popular products for the home entertainment, communications, networking and portable multimedia markets. These include 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 Sunnyvale, California, with offices worldwide. For more information, contact (408) 530-5000.

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