MOUNTAIN VEIW, Calif. -- MIPS Technologies Inc. and Hughes Network Systems today announced a three-year agreement to co-develop next-generation set-top boxes.
As part of the deal, Hughes announced that it has standardized all of its system design activities on MIPS' 32-bit RISC processors. In addition, MIPS will provide HNS with advanced simulation and design tools.
Hughes will integrate MIPS' MIPS32 4Kc microprocessor cores in its new line of DIRECTV set-top boxes. Hughes will introduce the products in the fall of 2001.
"By providing support to Hughes, MIPS Technologies has enabled them to reduce their time to market," said John Bourgoin, chairman and chief executive of MIPS.
Hughes is among several companies competing in the exploding set-top box business. The digital set-top box market is projected to grow from 12.1 million in 2000 to 57.1 million in 2006, according Jon Peddie Associates.