MIPS Technologies aquires First Silicon Solutions

September 7, 2005 – MIPS Technologies Inc., a provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores, has acquired First Silicon Solutions (FS2), a Lake Oswego, OR, company as a wholly-owned subsidiary. FS2 specializes in silicon IP, design services and OCI On-Chip Instrumentation (OCI) development tools for programming, testing, debug and trace of embedded systems in SoC, SOPC, FPGA, ASSP and ASIC devices.

FS2 has been working closely with MIPS Technologies and its customers since 1999 to develop leading-edge system-level debug and trace technologies for MIPS-Basedcores.

This collaboration resulted in the development of the PDtrace (Program and Data Trace) on-chip and off-chip trace systems used in the MIPS324KE, MIPS32 24K and MIPS32 24KE processor core families. In addition to the PDtrace technology, FS2 provides System Navigator probes integrated with software solutions for embedded system development and debug.

“We’re delighted to welcome First Silicon Solutions to the MIPS Technologies family,” said John Bourgoin, president and CEO, MIPS Technologies. “FS2’s innovative system-level debug solutions help our customers’ development efforts and result in faster time to market for their products.”

Rick Leatherman, president of FS2, added, “Over the years, FS2 has developed high performance debug tools for embedded markets. This acquisition reinforces and expands the synergies between our two companies to deliver superior system and software design and debug tools to speed our customers’ time to market. We’re excited to join the MIPS Technologies team.”


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