MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- MIPS Technologies Inc. here has licensed its 32-bit and 64-bit MIPS processor cores to SandCraft Inc., which will design and sell customized 32- and 64-bit processors that are fully compatible with the MIPS architecture.
"The entire MIPS processor community will benefit from this agreement," says John Bourgoin, CEO of MIPS Technologies. "SandCraft has a proven expertise in high-performance processor design. The addition of their processor designs to the growing MIPS RISC processor arsenal will help extend the architecture's reach into new emerging applications and markets."
SandCraft's advanced MPU cores will be targeted for use in system-on-a-chip (SOC) computing engines in high-volume electronics products.
SandCraft's previous design work using the 64-bit MIPS IV instruction set architecture convinced the company that the MIPS architecture is superior for high-performance embedded systems, according to says Norman Yeung, president and CEO of SandCraft, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif.
He pointed out that other the MIPS architecture is more flexible and adaptable than other processor IP that is available only as hard-wired designs or as custom designs that are unsupported or require a fixed link to a specific ASIC or fabrication vendor.
"SandCraft's customers in the digital set-top box market require very high-performance integer and floating-point processing and accelerated 3-D geometry processing," added Yeung. "With MIPS32 and MIPS64 compatibility, our designs will have the benefit of support from the large third-party development tool community. This gives them the best of both worlds: a robust RISC architecture with customized high-performance features, and extensive development support for quick time to market."