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Entropic Licenses MIPS32® 24Kc™ Core for Next-Generation Broadband and Residential Gateway Applications


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, today announced that Entropic Communications, Inc. has licensed the MIPS32® 24KcTM synthesizable processor core for its next-generation broadband and residential gateway applications.

According to industry analyst firm Infonetics Research, annual broadband customer premise equipment (CPE) revenue will reach $6.2 billion by 2010, as service providers continue to bundle voice, data, video and wireless services to attract new customers and reduce churn among existing customers.

“Home entertainment networks over coax are rapidly gaining market acceptance,” said Andre Chartrand, vice president of broadband engineering at Entropic Communications. “Earlier this year, we marked the five-millionth shipment of our c.LINKTM chipset based on cores in the MIPS32® 4KETM family. The high-performance MIPS32 24Kc core will help us provide even more advanced, feature-rich devices to our customers.”

“We are delighted that Entropic has reaffirmed its commitment to MIPS-BasedTM solutions for its next-generation products,” said Brad Holtzinger, vice president of worldwide sales at MIPS Technologies. “We are seeing increasingly rapid adoption of the 24Kc core as companies recognize the combined benefits of increased performance with lower die area, power consumption and cost.”

About the MIPS32 24K® Core Family

The MIPS32 24K core family offers performance of over 600 MHz in a 90 nanometer G process, while minimizing design time and reducing product costs. 24K processor cores are suited to embedded consumer applications including digital and interactive TVs, set-top boxes and DVD players. Their low-power also makes them ideal for battery-powered consumer electronics such as handheld phones and portable media players. Leveraging the CorExtendTM capability of MIPS Technologies’ Pro Series of cores, development teams can add their own instructions and functionality to their MIPS-BasedTM SoCs, lowering development costs and accelerating their time-to-market.

About Entropic Communications

Entropic Communications, Inc. is a leading fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets systems solutions to enable connected home entertainment. The company’s technologies significantly change the way high-definition television-quality video and other multimedia content such as movies, music, games and photos are brought into and delivered throughout the home.

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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 the highest performance to the lowest 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, microcontrollers from Microchip 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 or visit

MIPS, MIPS32, 24K, 24Kc, 4KE, CorExtend and MIPS-Based are trademarks or registered trademarks of MIPS Technologies, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.


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