MIPS-Based™ Products Included 3DTV, Netbooks and Other Compelling Devices
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - January 28, 2010 - MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer, home networking, wireless, communications and business applications, today announced that dozens of the world's leading electronics companies introduced and demonstrated devices and technologies based on the popular MIPS® architecture during the recent International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
"The MIPS architecture is prolific in products for the connected digital home and beyond, and we were pleased this year to once again see so many MIPS-BasedTM products at CES," said Art Swift, vice president of marketing for MIPS Technologies. "In our own suite at the show, we demonstrated the world's first AndroidTM-based set-top boxes (STBs) and many other home entertainment, networking and portable products. MIPS' share in these markets is strong. With high-performance, compact and power-efficient processors, supported by the right ecosystem for our customers' markets, MIPS is well positioned to continue our leadership for the next generation of connected products."
Connected Digital Home and Portable Products
AllGo Systems announced it is working with MIPS and Tensilica to bring high-end media codec support with advanced multimedia features to MIPS-BasedTM AndroidTM platforms. At CES, AllGo demonstrated a UPnP/DLNA-based high-definition (HD) video streaming solution on a MIPS-BasedTM Sigma Designs Vantage 8654 platform running Android, and demonstrated with Tensilica multi-channel audio playback on a MIPS32® processor integrated with a Tensilica HiFi2 Audio DSP.
AMIMON announced that new wireless-ready HD televisions and wireless HDTV accessories launched by LG Electronics are based on its second generation chipset, AMN2120/2220, based on a MIPS core. The chipset enables robust, high-quality wireless 1080p 60Hz in the 5GHz unlicensed band, both in-room and in-between rooms through walls. Demonstrations of products using AMIMON's technology were offered at various locations during CES.
Blusens showed off the production version of its MIPS-Based Blubrain High Definition Home Entertainment Device that manages, plays and distributes audiovisual content to multiple devices using IP streaming via cable network or PLC. The device integrates a hard disk, HDTV prepared dual DVB-T tuner, NAS (Network Attached Storage), and video streaming either from the Internet, remotely from a PC or via the various AV connections. Blusens also said it has reached agreements with various content providers to include Video on Demand (VoD), Over The Top (OTT) video, IPTV content and more.
Broadcom introduced numerous MIPS-Based products during the show including the latest additions to its STB family of SoC solutions aimed at enabling service providers to cost-effectively expand IPTV services, such as networked DVR and IP video services, for client-server and low-cost standalone deployment models. Broadcom also extended its Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA®) integrated product family with a new low-cost HD client STB SoC solution. When paired with a media server or IP gateway solution enabled by Broadcom technology, the new solution enables manufacturers to leverage Broadcom's connected home software suite and design to lead the deployment of whole-home connected entertainment services such as multi-room HD DVR.
Broadcom also announced the industry's first HD DTA cable STB SoC that combines HD video, an integrated 1GHz cable tuner and HDMI capabilities in an ultra-small form factor. Broadcom also announced digital terrestrial converter box SoC solutions for Japan's upcoming transition to DTV broadcast transmission, and its next generation DOCSIS®/Euro-DOCSISTM 3.0-based cable modem SoC solution. In addition, Broadcom announced support for the RVU Alliance's remote user interface (RUI) technology on its latest STB and DTV solutions, to enable multichannel television service providers to deliver high-quality content with a consistent user interface to RVU thin client devices throughout the connected home.
Cisco continued to generate momentum with its Flip VideoTM camcorders, announcing enormous growth in video usage over the past year. MIPS-Based Flip Video camcorders are pre-loaded with FlipShare software to enable easy organizing, editing and seamless uploading to Facebook VideoTM, MySpaceTM, YouTubeTM and other video sharing sites. The latest FlipShare software also provides mobile apps for iPhoneTM, Android and select BlackBerry phones, enabling users to access their Flip Video library on their mobile phone.
Home Jinni unveiled ConnecTVTM as the world's first social entertainment platform and media center for Android-based embedded systems. ConnecTV provides advanced content aggregation and search engine for Internet TV with the potential to bring content from thousands of sources to TV sets. ConnecTV's streaming and content discovery technology extends to media in a DLNATM home area network. ConnecTV was demonstrated on a MIPS-Based platform from Sigma Designs.
LG Electronics won a Best of Innovations 2010 for its 47-inch LCD HDTV Model 47LE9500 with Slim Full LED Backlight technology and NetCast Entertainment AccessTM. LG HDTVs with Netcast Entertainment Access enable viewers to access online content and services, and feature Netflix® instant streaming and Yahoo!® Widgets. Users can use Yahoo! Widgets to access content including weather, finance, news and other information.
In its own suite at CES, MIPS demonstrated the world's first Android STBs including a prototype of an Android-based IPTV STB developed by KDDI R&D Labs. Inc., a subsidiary company of Japanese telecommunications carrier KDDI. The set-top box supports IPTV set-top box functionality such as multicasting, video-on-demand (VOD), remote control user interface, and digital rights management (DRM) requirements. The prototype is based on the highly-integrated MIPS-Based SMP8654 media processors from Sigma Designs.
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America displayed its 3-D-ready projection TV, based on DLP technology. The new device displays 3-D content from a Blu-ray player. The 3-D adapter for the company's projection TV, developed by the engineers of Mitsubishi, reportedly consists of an HDMI 1.4 interface, video signaling circuitry, and Mitsubishi's homegrown ASIC based on MIPS core.
Motorola, Inc. Home & Networks Mobility business and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. announced that Dolby® Volume technology will be featured in Motorola's cable set-top portfolio for the North American and Latin American markets. Dolby Volume will be featured on Motorola's DCX family of STBs, featuring MIPS-Based technology. Dolby Volume allows consumers to control the volume level on their playback devices for consistency across commercials and channel changes.
NETGEAR announced the worldwide launch of its Digital Entertainer Express (EVA9100), a digital media player that leverages MIPS technology and enables consumers to stream personal digital media collections and Internet content over home networks to high-definition televisions. The Digital Entertainer Express adds to the NETGEAR family of Internet-connected set-top boxes, including the Digital Entertainer Elite (EVA9150), which also leverages MIPS technology.
Sigma Designs showcased a number of new MIPS-Based technologies at the show, including a cable hybrid DOCSIS gateway, a low-cost media player platform, premium Blu-ray players, PC connectivity products, Android on a high-definition panel, and a range of new 3D technologies for next-generation 3DTVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes. Sigma also joined with Western Mediabridge to introduce world's first commercially available Android STB.
Additionally, Sigma demonstrated and announced availability of the NeoVueTM transmitter/receiver platform designed to wirelessly transport audio/video and texts from notebooks or netbooks and display them in 1080p on a HDTV. The NeoVue platform includes both a transmitter with a USB dongle, based on Sigma's CoairTM wireless chipset. Sigma Designs also announced a partnership with SoftAtHome to deliver the SoftAtHome Operating Platform for hybrid, terrestrial and IP STBs on the Sigma Designs SMP8654 chipset. The MIPS-Based SMP8654 reportedly enables rapid and cost-effective development of next generation hybrid-IPTV STBs.
Syabas, makers of the award-winning MIPS-Based Popcorn Hour C-200 digital media player, introduced the Popbox, a small, $129 open platform set-top box that streams music, movies, photos, games, social media updates and more to HDTVs. Popbox supports a broad range of audio and video file types and recognizes content from the Internet, a personal computer and a USB-attached storage device such as an HD camcorder or an external hard drive. Syabas also announced that it has added a number of new content and application partners including Netflix, Twitter, FunSpot, Crunchyroll and SHOUTcast.
Tensilica showcased its leading-edge audio, video and baseband communication IP cores, including the popular HiFi 2 Audio Engine running on the Android platform in collaboration with MIPS. MIPS and Tensilica recently announced they are leveraging their integrated solution to accelerate SoC design activity on the Android platform.