SAN FRANCISOMIPS Technologies Inc. has licensed its low-power MIPS32 M4K and MIPS32 4Kc processor cores to China's Shenzhen Integrated Circuit Design Industrial Center, the company said Tuesday (Sept. 30).
The Shenzhen Center, one of seven IC design industry bases supported by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, helps small and medium-sized enterprises with product development, company incubation and personnel support to lower barriers to market entry.
According to MIPS (Mountain View, Calif.), the agreement will provide multiple Chinese IC design firms with access to cost-effective, low-power cores, along with the broad ecosystem of tools, software and services that support the MIPS architecture.
"We are focused on expanding our silicon intellectual property portfolio with the most popular IP to assist IC designers in China in designing successful SoCs for their customers," said Shengming Zhou, director of Shenzhen Integrated Circuit Design Industrial Center, in a statement.
"We believe that IP reuse is critical to furthering the IC design industry in China, and are pleased to engage with MIPS Technologies for its trusted and proven technology," Zhou added.
The 32-bit M4K cores are targeted for embedded designs and microcontroller applications.