MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--MIPS Technologies Inc. today announced that Texas Instruments Inc. has licensed its next-generation, synthesizable 32-bit RISC processor core, the MIPS32 4KEc.
Dallas-based TI plans to use the new 32-bit core in broadband IC solutions that also integrate digital signal processors (DSPs) and analog technology, said Joseph Crupi, vice president of TI's broadband communications group.
TI has been MIPS Technologies customer since 1999, when it became the first company to take a license for MIPS 32- and 64-bit cores. The new 4KEc core will be used by TI to create data and voice chip set solutions for asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL), cable and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) broadband products.
The 32-bit 4KEc is capable of handling 1.4 Dhrystone million instructions per second (MIPS) per kilohertz of speed, according to the Mountain View-based RISC supplier. TI plans to use that performance to serve home routers, integrated access devices and voice-over broadband gateways that allow consumers to network multiple Internet accounts and access entertainment and business services, such as streaming audio/visual, real-time video conferencing and virtual private network security.