International CES Highlights MIPS Technologies’ Growing Presence in Connected Digital Home and Beyond

VUDU Inc. announced it has extended its distribution as an embedded platform to include broadband home theaters, HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players from LG Electronics, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Samsung Electronics Co. Inc., SANYO Manufacturing Corporation, Sharp Corporation, Toshiba America Consumer Products L.L.C. and VIZIO. In addition, the new VUDU Apps applications platform will be available on broadband HDTVs from Mitsubishi, SANYO, Sharp and Toshiba and on broadband Blu-ray Disc players from Toshiba. The VUDU box leverages technology from MIPS.

Yahoo! Inc. announced it is globally expanding availability of its Yahoo! Widget Engine by working with companies including MIPS Technologies and Sigma Designs. Yahoo!'s goal is to dramatically increase availability of the Yahoo! Widget Engine, delivering compelling TV Widget experiences to more televisions and other consumer electronic devices.

Zoran demonstrated a number of new MIPS-Based products and technologies. The company's SupraHD® Full HDTV solutions for mainstream flat panel DTV markets in North America, Europe and Asia feature new video and audio features and streaming capabilities. Zoran also demonstrated SupraXD® and SupraTV® STB solutions for worldwide satellite and cable set top markets, new COACH-based digital camera designs supporting stills, HD 720P and HD 1080P video capture for the next generation of major brand digital cameras, and VaddisHDTM High Definition Multimedia Processor platforms supporting Blu-ray, DVD and HD media players.

Leading up to the show, Zoran also announced that its VaddisHD processor enables playback of HD video in JVC's new HD media player. Shipping now in the U.S., Europe and Asia, the media player enables consumers to play their HD camcorder (AVCHD) content on any television set. With an integrated dual processor and audio DSP, Zoran's VaddisHD processor enables advanced applications through its multi-standard decoding for high definition video.

Portable Products

Leading up to CES, Broadcom introduced its next-generation Crystal HD solution that leverages MIPS technology and provides consumers with advanced, low-cost, low-power, HD video playback on a netbook. The new Broadcom BCM70015 single chip Crystal HD enhanced media accelerator solution aims to break down netbook cost and power barriers to provide an exceptional HD video experience. Broadcom announced that its Crystal HD technology will be available to OEMs wanting to deliver 'best-in-class' video playback on the new Intel® AtomTM processor platform for netbooks. Crystal HD technology will be featured on select 2010 netbook platforms from OEMs including Asus, Dell and Samsung.

In its own suite at CES, MIPS demonstrated the Lemote YeeLoong8089 netbook computer running Android, with browser capability and other applications. According to Lemote, the YeeLoong8089, powered by a MIPS-Based Loongson processor, is the world's first laptop that contains completely free software. MIPS also demonstrated a MIPS-Based netbook from Foxlink, featuring NetLogic's Alchemy® Au1250® processor.

NetLogic Microsystems demonstrated over two dozen customer systems using its ultra low-power Alchemy processors. The demonstrations targeted a variety of embedded applications such as automotive in-vehicle infotainment, telematics, audio/video navigation, enterprise thin clients and other media-rich applications. NetLogic's MIPS-Based product demos included electronic dictionary solutions from Sharp Electronics; enterprise thin client solutions from ChipPC that offer the world's lowest power desktop at just 3W operating and unique miniature form factors; media players from iStation, Top Eight and Cowon; digital signage solutions from TenHZ, netbooks from Skytone and Foxlink; NetTV solutions from TECO; personal navigation devices from MobileAppliances; in-vehicle infotainment systems from LG Electronics, Continental Automotive and Tinnos and Samwell; and a broad range of 3D, audio/video and multimedia automotive navigation systems. NetLogic also showcased a cloud-computing touch-screen multi-entertainment and information platform running on AndroidTM from Carpo Holding AG; as well as D2 Technologies' VoIP and IP communications for Android media phones.

The PSP®go from Sony Electronics was honored in the CES Innovations Awards. The most portable PlayStation® Portable system to-date, the MIPS-Based PSPgo lets users download immersive digital gaming, movies and TV shows directly to the 16GB hard drive. Users can also browse PSP gaming and movie content from the PlayStation Network and use built-in Bluetooth® support to connect a wireless headset and talk with friends via Skype®.

E-book readers were also a big trend at CES. Australia-based Ubiq Technologies reportedly plans to launch its new Quokkapad e-book reader this month. According to the company, the product is "Based on MIPS32 architecture for high performance," with code compression that "allows designers to reduce the memory requirements for their application by as much as 40 percent."

Networking, Storage and Enterprise

Broadcom announced a new line of scalable 802.11n router solutions. With the new Intensi-fi® XLR SoC solutions, Wi-Fi system OEMs can reportedly leverage unparalleled silicon integration to reduce overall cost while maintaining adequate multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) performance for streaming HD video throughout the home.

Celeno Communications announced availability of its second generation 802.11n chipset that manufacturers and OEMs can leverage to enable residential gateways, multimedia home routers, STBs, DVRs, networked TVs, wireless HDMI bridges and other consumer electronics devices with wire-like HD video distribution throughout the home. The CL1800 SoC incorporates a powerful MIPS processor, and reportedly quadruples the video throughput/range combination of typical 802.11n systems, reaching over 120Mbps of video throughput at the edge of the home with zero packet errors.

Entropic Communications announced that its field-proven home networking chipset, based on the MoCA standard, was selected by Pace Americas for its NAS device. The device is part of Pace's new advanced multiroom DVR solution, Home Content Sharing (HCS). Pace's HCS utilizes centralized storage to connect multiple HD STBs within the home. Entropic also announced that its third-generation, MoCA 1.1 compliant, single chip solution, the EN2510, received a 2009 Cable Product of the Year Award from Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC). The MIPS-Based solution is designed to enable a robust network solution using existing coaxial wiring to distribute HD video, music, pictures and internet content throughout the home.

Entropic also joined with Wistron NeWeb to showcase the WNC 4-Port Ethernet-to-Coax Bridge (ECB) using MoCA home networking technology. The WNC 4-Port MoCA Bridge makes it possible to connect an entire home theater to the Internet using existing coax cable. In its booth, Entropic also showed off a range of other products incorporating its MIPS-Based MoCA technology, including STBs from Cisco, Motorola, and Sigma Designs; Verizon FIOS equipment from Actiontec, Alcatel, Motorola, and Westell; a digital video server from Motorola and more.

Ikanos Communications and AricentTM introduced a production-ready platform for advanced next-generation broadband access products. By combining Aricent's software with Ikanos' MIPS-Based Fusiv® Vx180 communications processor, the companies aim to enable service providers and network equipment manufacturers to rapidly deliver next-generation access devices that support the evolving multimedia, telephony and storage requirements of the digital home. Aricent's software for WiMAX and Long Term Evolution (LTE) reportedly integrates seamlessly with Ikanos' Fusiv processors to enable a unified platform for advanced wireless broadband access devices including mobile broadband routers and femtocell base stations.

Ralink Technology demonstrated a range of new wireless technologies, and announced sample availability of the RT3883 SoC and RT3593 client chips, reportedly the industry's first commercially available single-chip 450Mbps 802.11n access point and station solutions with beam forming technology. The RT3883 features three dual band 2.4/5GHz radios, a 500MHz MIPS32 74K® CPU core, and a variety of connectivity interfaces. It is reportedly the most advanced Wi-Fi access point/router platform in the industry.

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