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September 28, 2010

MIPS Technologies introduces new multicore IP processor

Enables firms to get the high performance of a custom implementation with an off-the-shelf CPU core

By CBR Staff Writer

MIPS Technologies, a provider of processor architectures and cores, has unveiled its new multicore processor that offers speed for fully-synthesisable multicore IP.

The new processor, MIPS32 1074K will enable companies to get the high performance of a custom implementation with an off-the-shelf CPU core, the company said.

The 1074K CPS multi-processing platform uses cell libraries, memories and EDA design flows, to approach production frequencies of 1.5 GHz in 40nm G process.

With the new processor, MIPS Technologies is making multicore performance widely accessible and affordable for companies developing the next generation of Internet-connected multimedia products such as digital televisions, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes (STBs).

The company further said that this platform was also targeted for home/wireless networking products as well as tablet computers, leveraging the popular Android operating system.

MIPS Technologies vice president of marketing and business development Art Swift said that the integration of the Web-connected experience into DTVs, STBs, and Blu-ray disc players was a key motivation behind development of the 1074K CPS.

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The 1074K CPS provides connectivity of up to four superscalar Out-of-Order (OoO) 74K cores plus system components for clock/power gating management, global interrupt control, program/data trace functionality, and optional L2 cache controller–as a complete coherent multicore solution.

The new processor configured in a 3-core implementation fits in a smaller silicon footprint and provides nearly 2.5x the performance as measured by the CoreMark(TM) benchmark.

The multicore processor is supported by tools from CodeSourcery, CriticalBlue and others, including MIPS Technologies’ own development tools and probes, and symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) versions of the Linux operating system, the company said.

MIPS said that the new 1074K CPS will be generally available in October 2010, which will include two initial versions of the 1074K CPS – the MIPS32 1074Kc CPS and the MIPS32 1074Kf CPS.

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