SAN FRANCISCOAltera Corp. has licensed the MIPS32 architecture from MIPS Technologies Inc., the companies said Tuesday (Oct. 6). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The deal marks the entry of the MIPS architecture into the FPGA realm.
In a statement, Vince Hu, Altera's vice president of product and corporate marketing, said the firm's decision to license the MIPS32 architecture would allow Altera (San Jose, Calif) to provide more options for FPGA customers targeting networking, communications and multimedia applications.
"This license has the potential to broaden MIPS' user base, expand our already broad ecosystem and further proliferate the MIPS architecture," said Art Swift, vice president of marketing at MIPS (Sunnyvale, Calif.).
Joseph Byrne, senior analyst for The Linley Group, said MIPS' technology is an industry standard for ASICs used in consumer multimedia, networking and communications. The deal with Altera means "great potential for much more widespread adoption," Byrne said.
MIPS rival ARM Holdings plc offers a number of processors specifically optimized for FPGAs from major vendors, including Altera, Xilinx Inc. and Actel Corp.