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Open-Silicon Adopts Broad Range of MIPS® Cores to Speed Time-to-market for Next-generation ASIC Designs


Proven IP Cores Decrease Risk and Lower Development Costs
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - June 2008 - 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, and Open-Silicon, Inc., a fabless ASIC company providing a reliable, predictable and cost-effective alternative to traditional chip design and supply chain models, today announced they are teaming to enable chip design companies to get their custom ASIC designs to market faster than ever before.

Through the agreement, Open-Silicon gains access to a wide array of optimized and synthesizable MIPS32® cores, and the knowledge gained through leveraging the cores in multiple designs. Open-Silicon customers can select the core that is right for their design, from low-power cores for next-generation mobile devices to multi-threaded cores that boost system performance while reducing SoC die area, cost, and power consumption for today’s converged devices. With proven IP and Open-Silicon’s design and integration expertise, customers can get differentiated products to market quickly and easily at the lowest possible cost.

“Selecting and integrating quality IP is rapidly becoming the biggest challenge for ASIC designers, who need IP that differentiates their product and will function as promised for first-time working silicon,” said Scott Houghton, vice-president, Open-Silicon. “We offer customers freedom of choice for their ASIC designs-giving them the best possible solutions at each step of the development process. MIPS Technologies has some of the best IP solutions available for the digital home and beyond, and we are pleased to offer customers the confidence that comes from our experience with a range of proven MIPS® cores.”

“Open-Silicon is a unique company offering an end-to-end solution for ASIC development-helping customers reduce development time and costs,” said Brad Holtzinger, vice president of sales, MIPS Technologies. “We are pleased that Open-Silicon has reaffirmed its commitment to MIPS-BasedTM solutions by integrating a broad selection of our cores into its pre-qualified IP portfolio. Its customers will benefit from the distinct advantages offered by MIPS cores for their next-generation electronic products.”

MIPS Technologies’ cores are key components of Open-Silicon’s OpenMODEL, which provides customers with access to qualified processor IP, manufacturing, test, and packaging providers. The OpenMODEL allows customers to make informed choices at each step of the development cycle to minimize risk, lower costs and boost end product integrity. Open-Silicon’s design methodology is then applied to produce reliable, predictable ASICs at significantly lower cost.
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