11th January 2001

Cavium’s New OCTEON III family of processors feature latest Imagination Technologies MIPSr5 architecture


Imagination Technologies
(IMG.L), 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 infrastructure market.”

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: www.imgtec.com.


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