President and General Manager of MIPS Technologies’ Analog Business Group Honored by Leading Portuguese University
José Epifânio da Franca Receives Prestigious University of Coimbra Prize
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - February 2008 - MIPS Technologies, Inc., (NasdaqGS: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard architectures, processor cores and analog IP for digital consumer, home networking, wireless, communications and business applications, today announced that José Epifânio da Franca, president and general manager of its Analog Business Group - Chipidea, has been honored with the 2008 University of Coimbra Prize. The annual award is given by one of Portugal’s leading universities to a Portuguese personality who has achieved prominence in the fields of culture or science. José Epifânio da Franca will receive the Prize on March 1, 2008, during a session commemorating the 718th anniversary of the University of Coimbra.
According to António Dias Figueiredo, a professor at the University of Coimbra, “In the 1990’s, when the big producers of electronic devices began to implement their new digital solutions in the real world, where image, sound and voice are analog phenomena, José Franca and his group were one of the few that could conceive and develop solutions to connect both worlds. José Franca has devoted himself to furthering analog/mixed-signal technology, putting his knowledge in the service of society.”
“It is a great honor to receive this award from a university that holds to the highest standards in its research and education, and also plays a pivotal role in business and industrial development to advance scientific knowledge,” said Franca. “I have had the privilege of working with some of the best minds in the industry to create outstanding technology and an industry leading company.”
Prior to its acquisition by MIPS Technologies in 2007, Dr. Franca co-founded Chipidea Microelectrónica, S.A., in 1997, and led it to become the world’s number one provider of analog/mixed-signal intellectual property. Dr. Franca is a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon, Portugal. He founded the university’s Integrated Circuits and Systems Group and the IST Centre of Microsystems, and was also a member of the IST Executive Council. Dr. Franca obtained the degree of Agregado from the Technical University of Lisbon (UTL), and was a member of the University’s Senate. He served as Secretário de Estado of Education in the Portuguese government from 1991 to 1992, and in 2006, was awarded the “Grand Officer of the Order of Merit” by Portugal Republic President Jorge Sampaio for his entrepreneurial efforts in founding Chipidea.
Dr. Franca holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from IST and a doctorate from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. He was the first in Portugal to be named an IEEE Fellow, and holds five international patents on switched-capacitor networks. In December 2006, he received the title of Doctor “Honoris Causa” in Sciences from the University of Macau, and since 2000 he is an adjunct professor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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