FRANKFURT (ODER), Germany-- In a move to create 5-GHz processors for wireless local area networks, Germany's Innovations for High Performance (IHP) microelectronics institute here today announced it will cooperate with MIPS Technologies Inc. in development of wireless broadband communications ICs.
The IHP research institute said it has also licensed synthesizable 32-bit RISC core technology from Mountain View, Calif.-based MIPS to build WLAN processors.
"The MIPS32 4KEp core offers a substantial power/performance advantage over the other cores we have evaluated," said Abbas Ourmazd, director of IHP. "It will be used in conjunction with our hardware accelerators for implementing the protocol stack for 5-GHz WLAN modems, with very high-speed computational demands and limited battery power."
Located near the Germany-Polish border, the IHP institute employs about 200 R&D professionals and operates a 200-mm pilot fab line, which runs advanced silicon-germanium: carbon (SiGe:C) BiCMOS processes for prototyping ICs with speeds up to 140 GHz. IHP is partnered with SiGe foundry startup Communicant Semiconductor Technologies AG, which was launched last year in eastern Germany with the backing of Intel Corp. (see Feb. 6, 2001, story).
Details about the new licensing pact with MIPS Technologies were not released.
"The 4KEp core gives IHP a widely supported, industry-standard solution that delivers the performance necessary to handle next-generation features such as high-speed multimedia," said John Hall, vice president of European operations at MIPS Technologies. "At the same time, it gives IHP the flexibility to keep power consumption and product costs down."