Cavium's New OCTEON III Family of Processors Feature Latest Imagination
Technologies MIPSr5 Architecture
LONDON and SAN JOSE, Calif., June 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Imagination
Technologies (LSE:IMG), a leading multimedia, processor, communications and
cloud technologies company, today announced that long-time MIPS licensee
Cavium, Inc. (Nasdaq:CAVM), a leading provider of highly integrated
semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking,
communications and cloud infrastructure, has licensed and incorporated the
latest Release 5 MIPS architecture (MIPSr5) features, including hardware
virtualization, in all members of its ultra-high-performance 1 – 48 core
OCTEON® III family of products.
Jim Whittaker, EVP, Processor Group, Imagination, says: "With MIPS, Cavium has
created some of the industry's highest performance and most advanced 64-bit
multi-core processors for networking, wireless and storage. We're now working
even more closely with Cavium to take MIPS, the industry's most successful and
widely deployed 64-bit architecture, to even higher levels of performance and
innovation. Imagination's ownership of MIPS has significantly increased the
level of investment in, and support for, MIPS CPU IP core development across
the entire range of 32-bit and 64-bit solutions, with a focus on hardware,
software, tools and ecosystem. We are delighted that Cavium has reaffirmed its
commitment to MIPS as a result."
M. Raghib Hussain, corporate VP/GM and CTO, Cavium, says: "The MIPSr5
architecture enhancements from Imagination combined with Cavium's in-house
design expertise will help create the most advanced MIPS 64-bit processor in
the industry and will serve to further extend our leadership in the network
For more than 20 years, the 64-bit MIPS64 architecture has powered some of the
industry's most innovative networking and communications products, supported
by a broad and mature infrastructure and ecosystem. The MIPS64 architecture is
already at the heart of a wide range of Cavium's OCTEON processors, and now
will also power Cavium's OCTEON III family of 1 – 48 core processors that
deliver over 100Gbps of application performance per chip, and provide among
the highest compute power of any standards-based communications processor chip
with 120GHz of 64-bit compute processing per chip.
About MIPS processors
Imagination's family of MIPS processors are ideal for products where ultra
low-power, compact silicon area and a high level of integration are required.
MIPS processor IP cores and architectures range from ultra-low power 32-bit
microcontrollers to scalable 32-bit and 64-bit multi-core solutions for
advanced application and network processing platforms.
Based on a heritage built and continuously innovated over more than three
decades, Imagination's MIPS architecture is the industry's most efficient RISC
architecture, delivering the best performance and lowest power consumption in
a given silicon area. SoC designers can use this efficiency advantage for
significant cost and power savings, or to implement additional cores to
deliver a performance advantage in the same power, thermal and area budget.
The seamlessly compatible MIPS32 and MIPS64 instruction-set architectures
(ISAs) allow customers to port from one generation to the next while fully
preserving their investment in existing software. MIPSr5 architecture
incorporates important functionality including hardware virtualization and
SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple Data) modules.
About Imagination Technologies
Imagination Technologies - a global leader in multimedia, processor,
communication and cloud technologies - creates and licenses market-leading
processor solutions including graphics, video, vision, CPU and embedded
processing, multi-standard communications, cross-platform V.VoIP and VoLTE,
and cloud connectivity. These silicon and software intellectual property (IP)
solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by an extensive portfolio
of software, tools and ecosystems. Target markets include mobile phone,
connected home consumer, mobile and tablet computing, in-car electronics,
networking, telecoms, health, smart energy and connected sensors.
Imagination's licensees include many of the world's leading semiconductor
manufacturers, network operators and OEM/ODMs. Corporate headquarters are
located in the United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. See:
CONTACT: Imagination Technologies' Press Contacts:
UK: David Harold
+44 (0)1923 260 511
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