SUNNYVALE, USA: MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer, home networking, wireless, communications and business applications, announced that a broad array of MIPS-Based products were on display at the 2011 International CES earlier this month.
These products included the first MIPS-Based smartphones and tablets, as well as digital cameras, 3D televisions, HDTVs, Blu-ray and other over-the-top media players, digital photo frames, and a wide range of other home entertainment and networking products.
"Each year at International CES, the number of MIPS-Based products increases, from those on display in our own demo suite, to those in numerous licensee and partner booths across the show floor," said Art Swift, vice president of marketing and business development, MIPS Technologies, Inc. "This year we were pleased to show the first MIPS-Based mobile devices, and also see the strength and power of the MIPS architecture driving some of the industry's most innovative consumer products."
Mobile and Portable Products
In its suite at the show, MIPS Technologies unveiled the first MIPS-Based mobile devices, including two smartphones and several tablets. Devices were based on systems-on-chips (SoCs) from MIPS licensees including Actions Semiconductor and Ingenic Semiconductor. MIPS-Based Cruz Tablets can be purchased through major retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart.com, Borders and many others.
MIPS Technologies also demonstrated MIPS-Based automotive audio/video/navigation systems including an on-dash navigation unit in production from Thinkware, a leading provider of navigation and location-based services (LBS) in Korea; and an on-dash navigation unit from Fine Digital. Also on display was the SFR Hubster, a 4" internet access device with touchscreen, weather, news, television, radio and more.
Also in its suite at the show MIPS demonstrated WARP!!, an innovative Android 2.2 Fast Boot solution from Lineo that quickly brings up Android on MIPS-Based SoCs. The solution, shown on a platform incorporating a multi-threaded MIPS32 34K core, booted Android 2.2 applications from a power-off state in four seconds.
WHDI LLC, the organization responsible for managing the WHDI (Wireless Home Digital Interface) standard, together with leading WHDI technology supplier AMIMON, demonstrated numerous new WHDI products, technology innovations and future product designs.
AMIMON was also recognized as 2011 CES Innovation Honoree in the Video Components category for its WHDI Stick that provides a wireless PC-to-TV connection, enabling consumers to view content (video, flash media, photos, PC games, etc.) from their PC, notebook or tablet on a TV.
AMIMON also joined with First International Computer, Inc. (FIC) to announce the Jacob tablet PC featuring WHDI technology. FIC's tablet is embedded with AMIMON's WHDI chipset, and will be compliant with the WHDI standard. Additionally, the WHDI technology can be designed in compact form-factors and for low power consumption, enabling long battery life.
TopEight, a long-standing, highly-successful Chinese electronics company, exhibited numerous MIPS-Based products including digital photo frames, digital projectors and a netbook.
Zoran Corp. demonstrated its new COACH-based digital camera technology supporting connected, 3D and improved still and video photography, including digital video stabilization for HD 1080P video capture for major brand compact video and new hybrid digital cameras.
MIPS-Based digital cameras from some of the world's leading camera manufacturers including Aiptek, Casio, Fujifilm, Kodak, Olympus, Samsung, Sony, Vivitar and others were on display at CES.
Connected Digital Home
At CES, MIPS Technologies introduced the new SmartCE (Connected Entertainment) platform that integrates Android, Adobe Flash Platform for TV, Skype, the Home Jinni ConnecTV application, social media and other key technologies to provide a truly connected consumer experience on home entertainment devices such as digital televisions, set-top boxes and Blu-ray players.
SmartCE was demonstrated running on platforms from Sigma Designs and ViXS Systems. In the future, Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS), Trident Microsystems, Zoran Corporation and other MIPS licensees will make the platform available.
MIPS Technologies also showed the Togic TVOS solution for Android TV. The MIPS-Based TV features pre-installed Android programs, full HD support, support for various remote controls and search capability for local content, TV programming and Internet content.
In addition, MIPS showed the LynLoong All-in-one PC from Lemote, which features a MIPS-Based Loongson processor from the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICT). The LynLoong All-in-one PC runs free open-source software and features a rich interface and low power consumption.
ACCESS, a provider of software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, announced that it has enhanced its NetFront series to support the Android OS for DTVs and set-top boxes. As part of this initiative, ACCESS said it has implemented its NetFront Browser and NetFront Living Connect application on Sigma Designs' MIPS-Based, Android compatible SMP8656 Secure Media Processor hardware platform.
AMIMON and ASUS announced the WAVI 3D wireless PC-to-TV solution. ASUS' WAVI is based on AMIMON's WHDI technology, and it enables consumers to wirelessly connect their desktop and tower PC to their TVs. WAVI is reportedly the first such product capable of wirelessly distributing 3D content from a PC to a TV.
BOE Multimedia Technology demonstrated the recently announced networked 16N series LCD TV, which utilizes the MIPS-Based PLM3000 from PowerLayer Microsystems. The 16N series is currently shipping in 32" and 42" sizes, and features VOD, dynamic brightness adjustment, picture-in-picture (PIP), multimedia playback, slim and energy efficient LCD technology and other advanced features.
Broadcom Corp. announced LG Electronics' SMART TV product line is powered by the highly integrated Broadcom BCM35230 connected digital TV SoC platform that offers new options for accessing video content on a TV through the Internet or a consumer's own in-home network.
Features include a high powered dual-core custom MIPS-Based CPU and graphics processing unit (GPU). In addition, the Broadcom MIPS-Based BCM7633 single-chip Blu-ray platform powers LG's Blu-ray players, and combines optical front-end and back-end video decoding and display technology while adding support for 3D and feature-rich Internet-based streaming applications.
Broadcom announced new processors based on the MIPS architecture including eleven new set-top box (STB) SoCs. The STB SoCs enable multiple ways for consumers to experience the next generation Internet connected home, featuring full resolution 3DTV. For the media server cable, satellite and IP STB market, Broadcom introduced two new 40nm cable STB SoCs that feature an ultra-high performance MIPS-Based 1.3 GHz dual threaded applications processor with an additional 3000 DMIPS of hardware processing performance, totaling 6000 DMIPS.
DISH Network L.L.C., announced that DISH Remote Access, the free application that gives DISH Network customers the ability to watch their live and recorded TV on compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops, is now optimized for higher-pixel Android tablet screens. DISH Network customers with a broadband-connected, Sling-enabled device such as the Sling Adapter – a small place-shifting device that pairs with DISH Network's MIPS-Based ViP 722 or 722k HD DVRs – can enjoy live and recorded TV viewing on Android tablets.
DVico unveiled its newest multimedia player, the Xroid A1, utilizing a MIPS-Based SoC from Sigma Designs. The Xroid A1 provides a fully functional web-browser so that users can browse the Internet on their TV.
Haier Group selected AMIMON for its upcoming wireless HDTVs products. Haier will offer HD wireless adapters based on AMIMON's WHDI technology with its Mo-Card TVs and will integrate AMIMON's WHDI technology into its upcoming wireless HDTVs. Haier TVs with AMIMON's WHDI technology are targeted to be available in retail stores in China in the first quarter of 2011.
HDI Dune exhibited its line of award-winning media players for Full HD (1080p) and Blu-ray content. The Dune HD Max features the powerful MIPS-Based SMP8642 video processor from Sigma Designs, as well as a built-in silent optical drive that allows the Dune HD Max to play anything from CDDA to DVD and Blu-ray disks.
Microsoft demonstrated Microsoft Mediaroom utilizing the MIPS-Based Motorola VIP1216 STB. Mediaroom is the TV technology behind many of the world's leading television services including AT&T U-verse, Entertain of Deutsche Telekom and Telus Optik TV.
Syabas announced the integration of Miniweb's connected TV platform into Syabas' new generation of MIPS-Based popbox and Popcorn Hour set-top boxes. The integration adds internet video search and personalization features to the STBs.
Sigma Designs introduced and demonstrated the new MIPS-Based SMP8910 and SMP8670 media processors. According to Sigma, the SMP8910 is the first chip to integrate VXP studio quality video processing and the most flexible 3D video processing into a high-performance media processor. The SMP8910 provides more than 6,000 DMIPS via a dual-core MIPS32 1004K CPU.
The chip's unique distributed processing architecture features task-optimized CPU that manages key processes, including HD multi-format video decoding, 3D graphics rendering, content protection and security management and multi-format audio encoding and decoding. The SMP8670 is a new thin-client SoC optimized to run over-the-top application environments such as the XBMC, Adobe AIR for TV, Adobe Flash Player and other graphically-rich environments.
The chip is 40 percent faster than previous Sigma thin-client solutions and dramatically improves the responsiveness of these new, advanced user interfaces.
Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SiS) launched the SiS9561, a new internet HDTV solution targeted for emerging smart TV opportunities. The SiS9561 supports Android 2.2 and offers customized widgets including YouTube, Facebook, eBay, Flickr, Google finance and more. The SiS9561 TV solution is a highly integrated solution including dual-core 32-bit MIPS processors. SiS also disclosed that TCL, one of China's largest TV brands, has adopted the SiS9561 as the key SoC component of its first generation internet smart TV.
Sony demonstrated its Sony Internet TV. The NSX-24GT1, Sony's Google TV-compatible LCD TV, features a MIPS-Based SoC for image processing, supporting worldwide digital and analog broadcasting formats. Sony Internet TV was recognized as a 'Best of Innovations' winner in the Online Audio/Video Content category.
Sony also announced the introduction of two new Dash products, including a new portable, battery-powered model. Featuring a 7-inch color touch screen, Sony Dash products utilize a wireless Internet connection to deliver real-time bits of information from the Internet. Dash allows users to create their own personal playlist from over 1,000 free apps to enjoy in any room in the home. Sony Dash uses a MIPS-Based CPU for media processing.
Toshiba demonstrated its Net TV offering, including the ultra-thin UL605 LED TV series. Toshiba's NetTV functionality connects to popular content applications including Netflix and VUDU streaming movie services. A MIPS-Based processor powers the UL605 TV series and allows additional movie streaming and other services to be updated over the internet.
Trident Microsystems, Inc. announced another major milestone in its ongoing mission to deliver a truly extended connected home where any content can be enjoyed on any display, from any device at any time. As part of this effort, the company has partnered with leading online services such as Flingo, RoxioNow, Pandora and VUDU to bring connected online services onto mainstream digital TVs and new Cinema TVs. Trident designed its MIPS-Based DTV platform with an open modular software architecture that allows customers to easily add the online services that they want on their television product lines.
ViXS Systems Inc. launched support for many of today's important digital media software, applications and technologies on its MIPS-Based XCode 4210 SoC multimedia processor. These include Adobe Flash 10.1, Skype, Home Jinni's ConnecTV, Wyplay, Opera Browser and Roxio's RoxioNow. An increasingly robust feature set and high performance make the XCode 4210 the choice of leading consumer electronics manufacturers and MSOs (multiple system operators) globally to enable their next generation devices for the connected digital home.
ViXS also announced its next family of SoC advanced processors enabling the latest consumer electronics devices where concurrency, ultra low latency, and performance are key. The XCode 5100 is ViXS' seventh generation transcoder and doubles the media processing performance of the previous XCode 4000 family of transcoders. Based on the MIPS architecture, the XCode 5100 family is the culmination of over 10 years of software engineering in multimedia networking, including error stream handling, multi-video and audio codec support, as well as a suite of application software including DLNA.
MIPS Technologies demonstrated the WDTV Live Hub from Western Digital. The high performance over-the-top media player is powered by a MIPS-Based SoC from Sigma Designs. The WDTV Live Hub enables users to store and play personal and Internet media on their HDTV.
MIPS also showcased the latest production model of Yahoo! Connected TV running on one of the highest performing MIPS-Based DTV SoCs. VIZIO's XVT Series Connected HDTVs with VIZIO Internet Apps incorporate the Yahoo! Widget Engine.
Zoran Corp. demonstrated its newest digital entertainment and digital imaging platforms and technologies for consumer electronics manufacturers. This included SupraHD Full HDTV solutions for internet connected and 3D flat panel DTV markets in North America, Europe and Asia, with many new video enhancement features for improved Internet content display.
Zoran also showed SupraXD STB solutions including universal support for multiple security (uDTA) systems as well as solutions for worldwide cable and satellite set top markets.
Numerous other MIPS-Based HDTV products were on display throughout CES including those from Haier, Philips, Funai, LG Electronics, Sharp, Sanyo, Sony and more.
Networking, Storage and Enterprise
Atheros Communications announced two highly-integrated 802.11n solutions that bring high-end performance and features to mainstream Wi-Fi routers and residential gateways. The new MIPS-Based Align AR933x and XSPAN AR934x SoC solutions include all of the major components required to build 1-stream or 2-stream 802.11n routers, respectively.
ASUSTek Computer's RT-N76U Router powered by a MIPS-Based processor was recognized as a CES 2011 Innovations Honoree. The RT-N76U provides a simple setup with reliable connections and ultra fast performance.
Belkin's Play N600 Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router, which uses a MIPS-Based processor, was also recognized as a CES 2011 Innovations Honoree. The Dual-Band N technology enables fast, reliable speeds for video, music and gaming.
Celeno Communications announced that ZyXEL selected Celeno's MIPS-Based CL1820 true video-grade Wi-Fi technology to power its new 5-GHz Wireless N Media Streaming Box – the WAP5605. Consumers and service providers can use the media streaming box to wirelessly bridge home gateways and access points with gaming consoles, set-top boxes, media streamers and digital TVs to enable wireless whole-home HD entertainment networking.
Celeno also announced that the Technicolor MediaEncore all-in-one digital home platform will utilize Celeno's MIPS-Based Wi-Fi product. Celeno's carrier-grade Wi-Fi solution enables triple-play networks across the home for instantaneous wireless multimedia applications. These include HD pay-IPTV content streaming, OTT video distribution, VoIP, multi-player gaming, Internet surfing, and others, using both the uncongested 5GHz frequency and the 2.4GHz frequency concurrently while maintaining Quality of Service (QoS) and high performance.
D-Link displayed a variety of MIPS-Based modems, routers and gateways, including the DSL-520B modem. The DSL-520B supports high download speeds, QoS and extensive firewall protection, providing the technology needed to establish a secure and high speed remote link to the Internet in a home or small office. Also on display was the newly released DCM-704B Broadband Cable Gateway, featuring the latest DOCSIS 3 super-fast Internet connection.
Entropic Communications introduced the world's first complete MoCA (Multimedia over Coax) 2.0 solution. Entropic's new MIPS-Based chipset is aimed to satisfy the long-term whole-home digital networking needs of service providers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and consumers by providing maximum throughput, enhanced reliability, new power management features, better security, and backwards interoperability to prior MoCA standards.
Entropic and BroadLight announced a partnership to deliver next-generation MoCA solutions to the video service provider market by bringing together best-of-breed home networking solutions to enable the delivery of a whole range of new connected home services. Leveraging Entropic's complete MoCA 2.0 solution with BroadLight's world class GPON (gigabit passive optical network), the two companies are aligning their MIPS-Based silicon and software solution roadmaps to develop optimized MoCA 2.0 enabled optical network terminals (ONT).
MIPS-Based NETGEAR products were on display and announced at CES, including the VEVG3700 gateway and the DHH1000 Digital Home Hub. Both products are the latest in a family of OSGi-enabled gateways from NETGEAR that enable easy integration of applications such as home security, appliance control, health monitoring, energy management and media sharing services.
NETGEAR'S NeoTV 550 was recognized as a CES 2011 Innovations Honoree in the home networking category. Leveraging a MIPS-Based processor from Sigma Designs, the NeoTV 550 enables consumers to bring to a TV digital media including Blu-ray, movies, music, and photo collections stored on networked devices, USB drives and SD cards.
In its booth at CES, Ralink Technology featured solutions including its Video-over-WiFi solutions based on its MIPS-Based RT3883 3x3 802.11n SoC with OptiLink technology.
In the Verizon booth, CradlePoint Inc. demonstrated its recently announced support for the Verizon 4G LTE Network. CradlePoint's products connect people and businesses wirelessly through mobile data networks powered by broadband wireless operators worldwide.
CradlePoint's products, including the Rover Puck Personal, Portable 4G Hotspot, the CTR35 Cellular Travel Router and the MBR1400 Mobile Broadband Router all utilize processors based on the MIPS architecture.
According to Gary Oliverio, Cradlepoint CTO and founder, "The MIPS architecture gives CradlePoint the ability to scale its solutions from high performance business class applications all the way to consumer-oriented devices."
ZTE displayed a vast selection of communications products leveraging MIPS technology. ZTE provides telecom operators worldwide with a full range of network and service solutions that cover access, bearer, IPTV, videoconferencing, digital home, and VASs. Products on display included the ZXDSL 931 router/modem, ZXV10 W300 fixed network terminal and the ZXDSL 831 Series single port modem.