Last month, we shared with you the great success that MIPS had in exhibiting for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show. Now we'd like to tell you about our experience at the recent Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. This was not only MIPS' first time exhibiting at MWC, but our first time sharing our vision for the mobile market. The response we received from customers, partners, media and others was quite promising.
Before we got to the show, we knew there were going to be several MIPS-Based demonstrations there, but we were surprised at just how many. MIPS has a larger footprint in mobile-related markets than you might think!
One of the hottest topics at the show was LTE (Long Term Evolution–the 4G broadband standard widely thought to be the successor to 3G), and MIPS had a great presence in this area. Here are some highlights:
- Ports to MIPS from four separate LTE software stack vendors–4M Wireless, SysDSoft, Tata Elxsi and Continuous Computing ('Trillium')
- End-to-end MIPS-Based 4G/LTE solutions from Tata Elxsi and Cavium
- Tata's LTE basestation protocol stack running on a MIPS-Based Cavium basestation; also on a Wintegra Winpath3 platform in a complete 4G system that also included a MIPS-Based Altair UE
- Cavium's MIPS64-based basestation and client system using the Tata LTE protocol stack; also a live demo of a Cavium/Picochip/Continuous Computing reference system billed as the industry's first complete end-to-end LTE femtocell reference design
- MIPS-Based solutions from Altair with LTE demos in booths of companies including ZTE, Huawei, Anritsu, Aeroflex and Litepoint
- Wintegra's MIPS-Based solutions
- Full 3GPP-LTE Interoperability Development Testing (IODT) Environment in a complete end-to-end platform
- LTE basestation solution demos in multiple licensee/partner booths
- 4M Wireless LTE stack and Tata Elxsi LTE basestation stack ported to WinPath3
- Joined with Aricent to deliver a joint LTE basestation testing solution
- NetLogic's MIPS-Based processors are powering LTE trials worldwide and are also powering ZTE's next-generation mobile infrastructure network products
Initial performance of MIPS for LTE shows MIPS with a huge competitive advantage. SysDSoft ported its LTE client protocol stack onto a MIPS32® 24Kc®-based board in just 2 days and provided initial, non-optimized throughput numbers that we shared in our suite. Since the show, SysDSoft has done some optimizations with terrific results. Stay tuned for the public announcement!
Femtocells were also a hot topic, and our licensee Percello had a great amount of traffic in its booth as well as multiple femtocell system vendors displaying its MIPS-Based solutions. Percello unveiled Quito, the industry's first femtocell reference design that supports 32 users and evolved high-speed packet access data rates.
We featured Percello's Quito in the MIPS suite along with various other products and technology demonstrations from companies including NetLogic, Lime Micro, Fluffy Spider Technologies, Lemote, Altair, Home Jinni, D2, Intrinsyc, SySDSoft and others.
We also have several new licensees from Israel and China (who we haven't yet announced) that are using MIPS cores for wireless backhaul system development, SIM module development, and even mobile handsets!
MIPS was invited to be a part of a well-attended session called "The New Device Marketplace." During the panel, "Brewing battles in the Wireless World: The Technologies Enabling the Future," Art Swift, VP of Marketing at MIPS Technologies, sat alongside representatives from TI, Intel and Renesas–each representing one of the key processor architectures for the mobile market. Art described the value of MIPS for mobile applications, and our messages were well-received in this public forum. It was a great endorsement to be invited to sit on this panel, and we were pleased with the response.
We were also pleased with the media coverage generated around the show, focused largely on the many announcements we issued:
- MIPS Technologies and Mavrix Technology Collaborate on Mobile SoC Development
- MIPS Technologies and SySDSoft Partner to Enable LTE on MIPS® Architecture
- MIPS Technologies Partners with Intrinsyc Software to Bring 3.5G Telephony to the MIPS® Architecture
- Leading Provider of 4G Mobile WiMAX Semiconductors Taps MIPS Technologies' Processor Cores
You can read all of the releases in the MIPS newsroom here. A couple of good articles about our announcements included, "MIPS on a mission to crack 3.5G/4G cell phone market" in EE Times and "MIPS aims for Android telephony market" in Linux Devices.