QED AND IGST ANNOUNCE MIPS BASED MULTIMEDIA PLATFORM FOR ADVANCED (PR Newswire; 12/02/98) Set Top Boxes QED RM5231 MIPS Processor and IGST CyberPro5300 7-in-1 Set Top Box Multimedia Processor Combine to Provide Low Cost Digital Set Top Boxes for Cable, Satellite and Internet SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- QED, Inc., and IGST today announced that they will make available a reference platform for next generation digital set top boxes. The platform contains QED's MIPS RISC microprocessor, the RM5231(TM) and IGST's CyberPro5300, the world's first multimedia processor which integrates seven major functions of the next generation of advanced digital TV set top boxes in a single chip. "The CyberPro5300 and the high performance floating point in QED's RM523x microprocessors offer a great combination for consumer priced video and 3D capability for the Digital TV market," said Arnold Estep, QED director of marketing. "IGST chose the RM5231 processor due to its high performance MIPS IV instruction set compatible features and the scaleability of QED's MIPS RISC microprocessors, further validating the superiority of the MIPS RISC architecture." QED's RM5231 is a high-performance 64-bit MIPS microprocessor designed to provide workstation-class performance at an affordable price for embedded applications. Its superscalar instruction issue architecture significantly increases processor scaleability and performance. The RM5231 executes 325 Dhrystone2.1 MIPS and 500 MFLOPS of floating point operations in parallel at 250MHz. Both the integer and floating point unit have high-speed multiply- accumulate instructions that are the core of DSP code. This provides designers with the high performance flexibility of a general-purpose MIPS RISC microprocessor. The MIPS RISC microprocessor architecture is the most successful embedded RISC architecture on the market today. According to industry analyst Andrew Allison, 48 million MIPS RISC architecture microprocessors shipped in 1997 -- double the shipments of any other RISC architecture. QED believes the reasons for this growth can be attributed, in large part, to the superior price/performance available within the MIPS processor family. IGST's CyberPro5300 chip is part of and compatible with the industry-leading CyberPro 5XXX family that has already been designed into several major OEM set top boxes and information appliances. The seven major functions that the 5300 integrates include ZeroZ(TM) 3D/2D Graphics Accelerator, CPU Bridge, NTSC/PAL TV encoder, Video Processor, Hardware Alpha Blending, AC97 Audio Processor, and SoftModem support "The multimedia platform with QED's RM523x MIPS RISC microprocessors is designed to provide excellent price/performance functionality and comes with drivers and SDK required to enable the CyberPro5300 multimedia functions," said Mike Raghavan, IGST's director of marketing. "Our CyberPro products are being shipped as 'The Standard' driver for TV-Centric applications like set top boxes for Microsoft Windows CE and Windows 98, WindRiver VxWorks, Sun Java OS for Consumer and pJava, Sony AperiOS, ISI pSOS, QNX, ITRON and Nucleus." The reference platform enables OEMs to reduce the development cycle of a set top box design and concentrate on creating unique, easy to use consumer interfaces and applications. IGS Technologies, Inc. IGS Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1993 to develop leading edge multimedia component solutions for emerging markets including Set Top Boxes and Information Appliances. IGS Technologies' mission is to become the leading supplier of highly integrated advanced multimedia components for commercial and consumer information appliances, Satellite, Cable, Multimedia Set Top Boxes, Web Browsers, WebDVD, Internet and Interactive TV applications. The company is funded by venture capitalists and major corporations. IGS has developed strategic alliances with leading companies and has major OEM designs worldwide in these emerging markets. Company headquarters are located in Santa Clara. Tel: 408-982-8588. IGST Website: http://www.igst.com. QED, Inc. QED, Inc., founded in 1991, designs, develops and markets innovative, scaleable, high-performance, cost-effective, market-driven embedded microprocessor solutions. The company designed and developed many of the 64- bit MIPS microprocessors including the popular R4600(TM), R4700(TM), R4650(TM), R4640(TM), R5000(TM) and under its own "RISCMark(TM)" label, the RM5230(TM), RM5260(TM), RM5270(TM), RM5231(TM), RM5261(TM), RM5271(TM), RM5710(TM), RM5720(TM) and RM7000(TM). QED's RM52xx(TM), RM52x1(TM), RM57xx(TM) and RM7000 product families include 32- and 64-bit embedded microprocessors targeted at emerging and fast-growing markets such as networking, printers, game, Windows(R) CE-based devices, Internet Terminal, set-top box, cable modem and high-speed communications devices. Company headquarters are located in Santa Clara, California. Telephone: 408/565- 0300. QED World Wide Web site: http://www.qedinc.com MIPS is a registered trademark and R5000 is a trademark of MIPS Technologies, Inc. R4600, R4700, R4650, and R4640 are trademarks of Integrated Device Technology, Inc. RISCMark, RM5230, RM5260, RM5270, RM52xx, RM5231, RM5261, RM5271, RM52x1, RM5710, RM5720, RM57xx and RM7000 are trademarks of QED, Inc. CyberPro, TVDirect, VideoDirect, FlexiBus, FlexAlpha, FlexVideo are IGST trademarks. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. SOURCE QED, Inc. -0- 12/02/98 /CONTACT: Arnold Estep of QED, Inc., 408-565-0323, or [email protected]; Mike Raghavan of IGS Technologies, Inc., 408-982-8588, ext. 130, or [email protected]; Joanie Colby or Carol Felton of Simon/McGarry Public Relations, 650-596-5880, or [email protected]/ Web site: http://www.igst.com Web site: http://www.qedinc.com CO: QED, Inc.; IGS Technologies, Inc. ST: California IN: CPR SU:
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