MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Mips Technologies Inc. here today announced a major licensing and marketing deal for its new 64-bit microprocessor cores with Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC)
Under the plan, UMC will port and make available Mips' "Amethyst" line of 64-bit cores for its 130-nm process (0.13-micron) as well as it yet-to-be-announced 90-nm (0.09-micron) technology.
UMC is said to be the first company to port the 64-bit chip line to a 90-nm process technology, according to Mips. The Taiwan company will shortly announce its 90-nm foundry process, according to sources.
Applications for the recently-introduced 64-bit microprocessor cores from Mips include networking, multimedia, automotive telematics and office automation.
"By aligning with Mips Technologies, we can provide 64-bit processor cores that many designers are seeking to integrate into next-generation system-on-a-chip designs," said C.T. Lee, vice president of corporate marketing at UMC of Hsinchu, Taiwan.
"Designers of sophisticated system-on-a-chips who want to significantly reduce time to market will find an ideal solution in industry-standard Mips 64-bit hard cores," said Kevin Meyer, vice president of marketing at Mips of Mountain View.