Toshiba, MIPS begin J.D. of RISC processors

Feb. 19, 2002 – Tokyo, Japan, and Mountain View, CA – Toshiba Corp. and MIPS Technologies Inc., a provider of processor architectures and cores for embedded applications, have agreed to jointly develop a next generation 64-bit microprocessor based on an enhanced MIPS core.

Toshiba’s TX99 is intended to be the highest performance standard for 64-bit embedded microprocessor products and will give semiconductor and system OEMs the highest performance available for cost- and power-sensitive embedded applications, such as automotive telematics, office automation, multimedia home gateways, digital consumer products and networking, the companies said.

ArTile Microsystems Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc., will also join this program.

Toshiba will support development of custom RISC embedded SoCs for applications in such areas as automotive, networking, office automation, and digital consumer products, fully utilizing technology know-how cultivated in the joint development of the TX99 microprocessor.

Toshiba will launch its initial product in 1Q03, and bring a TX99-based general microprocessor to market by the end of 2003.


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