MIPS and Viosoft Corp. Ease Adoption of Android™ for MIPS-Based™ Platforms
SUNNYVALE, Calif.—November 25, 2009 — MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for home entertainment, communications, networking and portable multimedia markets, today announced availability of the Arriba for Android Porting Kit (APK) for its industry-standard MIPS® architecture. Developed through its partnership with Viosoft® Corporation, the Arriba APK provides a unique and powerful set of tools to enable deployment of the revolutionary AndroidTM platform to the vast MIPS development community across the world. With the Arriba APK, OEMs can quickly tailor and optimize Android for their specific platforms.
Initially finding success in mobile phones, Android is now moving beyond that to become a standard way to bring the full internet experience to DTVs, set-top boxes, MIDs, digital picture frames, VoIP solutions and other embedded devices. With Android on MIPS-the number one processor architecture for the digital home-developers can easily take advantage of a feature-rich, open source, internet-connected platform that lowers software costs and reduces time-to-market.
The Arriba APK is a fully-integrated set of tools that enables and speeds porting of Android to MIPS-BasedTM platforms. From hardware bring-up through final product deployment, it provides unprecedented visibility into code development that extends the capabilities provided by the Android SDK. The Arriba APK leverages Viosoft's time-tested Arriba Linux debug and profiling technologies along with MIPS Technologies' powerful System NavigatorTM EJTAG probe technology to provide complete source-aware run and debug control of the platform under development. It features a comprehensive set of plug-in modules that offer valuable insight into the Android software stack, including the Android System Level Event Analyzer.
"We are pleased to join with our long-time partner Viosoft to enable developers to leverage Android for their next-generation SoCs," said Art Swift, vice president of marketing, MIPS Technologies. "As we continue to drive Android into consumer electronics applications-joining with our partners and licensees to create reference platforms and optimizations, we are confident that the combination of Android and the increasingly vast number of innovative MIPS-Based SoCs in the market will enable the next generation of connected multimedia devices for the digital home and beyond."
"The Arriba APK is the most comprehensive environment available today for development efforts targeting Android," said Art Lee, vice president of business development, Viosoft Corporation. "It is also the industry's first fully integrated, multi-language embedded development environment providing complete support for source aware Java, C/C++ and Linux development, debug and deployment. The Arriba APK provides complete visibility throughout all layers of the Android stack, starting with the embedded Linux kernel and device drivers through Android libraries and application framework, the Dalvik VM and everything in between. Developers can set breakpoints in any task, analyze all program variables and view call stacks, register contents and many other aspects of the Android platform not immediately visible with any other tool. With this level of visibility and control, the Arriba APK can dramatically reduce development time, risk and costs."
The Arriba APK is available now from MIPS Technologies. The Arriba APK includes the first year of development tool maintenance, along with 60 days of support from Viosoft Corporation. Viosoft's Arriba tools support single and multi-core platforms, providing support for any MIPS-based Android target. All MIPS processors are supported, from MIPS architecture licensees' designs to MIPS' complete offering of licensable cores including the 1004K® coherent processing system. For more information about the Arriba APK, please visit www.mips.com/android.
About Android on MIPS
Leveraging its leadership position in the digital home, MIPS Technologies is spearheading efforts to make Android a reality for a wide range of consumer electronic devices. With Android and the dynamic open source development community around it, developers can easily and quickly create new applications, and OEMs can leverage a fast-growing set of applications for their devices. The MIPS® ecosystem around Android, including solutions from partners such as AllGo Systems, D2 Technologies, KatDC, Mentor Graphics Corporation and Viosoft Corporation, enables OEMs to quickly optimize Android for their specific platforms and debug their solutions across the entire software stack. For more information about the Android platform and MIPS, or to access the full source code for MIPS Technologies' port of Android to the MIPS32® architecture, including a reference binary and documentation, please visit www.mips.com/android or email Email Contact.
Founded in 1996, Viosoft Corporation is a privately-held corporation focused on delivering cutting-edge solutions for complex embedded systems software and system designs and development. Viosoft embedded development solutions enable customers to create, debug, and deploy large scale embedded software on leading RISC microprocessors using a variety of popular and widely available connectivity options. By providing a single integrated environment with the same consistent look-and-feel and usability across different host and target platforms, the Arriba Development Suite helps customers reduce time-to-market and achieve maximum competitive advantage. Viosoft is based in Campbell, California. For more information visit www.viosoft.com.
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 or visit www.mips.com.
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