updated 12/21/2010 9:15:51 AM ET 2010-12-21T14:15:51

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 21, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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, today announced that Sigma Designs, Inc., a leading provider of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for delivering entertainment and control throughout the home, reaffirmed its commitment to the MIPS® architecture with a new license agreement. The agreement encompasses a broad spectrum of MIPS32® cores, including the MIPS32 4KEc® Pro core, M14K™ family, 24K® Pro family, 34K® Pro family, 74K® family and the 1004K® Coherent Processing System (CPS), as well as the SOC-it® L2 Cache Controller.

MIPS Technologies' cores provide Sigma Designs with a host of options including advanced code compression, superscalar performance, multi-threading and multiprocessing, as well as a comprehensive ecosystem of software, hardware and tool support. Since 2003, Sigma Designs has licensed a wide array of MIPS processor cores for its advanced digital home products. With this new license, Sigma has access to MIPS cores for use across all of its product lines including IPTV and cable set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, home control devices and commercial systems.

"When designing SoCs for the connected products of tomorrow, it is critical that we have a processor architecture that provides superior performance, with low power consumption and a broad ecosystem of support—and we continue to get this from MIPS," said Ken Lowe, vice president of strategic marketing, Sigma Designs. "We are delighted to continue working with MIPS Technologies and to leverage its wide range of cores to help us create complete solutions that help our customers cost-effectively create differentiated, innovative products."

Sigma Designs' SoCs power millions of home entertainment products and are inside the majority of the world's IPTV set-top boxes. Through their existing relationship, MIPS Technologies and Sigma Designs have launched the first Android™ set-top boxes, brought a full HD video experience to the Android platform, and are continuing to drive Android into an array of consumer products. This new agreement will enable the companies to continue innovating for the digital home, leveraging Android, Adobe® Flash® Player and other key platforms.

"Sigma Designs is constantly pushing the envelope of innovation, being one of the first MIPS licensees to embrace Android, implementing Imagination Technologies' advanced graphics technology, and incorporating other leading edge technologies into its products," said Art Swift, vice president of marketing and business development, MIPS Technologies. "We are pleased that Sigma Designs has taken this new license, and we are excited to continue to work closely with Sigma to create a new generation of innovative products."

About Sigma Designs, Inc.

Sigma Designs is a leading fabless semiconductor provider of highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) solutions that are used to deliver entertainment and control throughout the home. SoC solutions include media processing, wired and wireless networking, video image processing, and home control along with system software to form the critical components of consumer electronic products that include Internet protocol TV (IPTV) set-top boxes, gateways, Blu-ray players, and media communication devices. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., Sigma Designs has direct sales representatives in the United States, Brazil, China, Europe (Denmark and France), Israel, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and distributors in Korea, Russia and India. For more information, please visit Sigma Designs' web site at www.sigmadesigns.com

About MIPS Technologies, Inc.

MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:MIPS) is a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores that power some of the world's most popular products for the home entertainment, communications, networking and portable multimedia markets. These include broadband devices from Linksys, DTVs and digital consumer devices from Sony, DVD recordable devices from Pioneer, digital set-top boxes from Motorola, network routers from Cisco, 32-bit microcontrollers from Microchip Technology and laser printers from Hewlett-Packard. Founded in 1998, MIPS Technologies is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with offices worldwide. For more information, contact (408) 530-5000 or visit www.mips.com .

MIPS, MIPS32 and MIPS-Based are trademarks or registered trademarks in the United States and other countries of MIPS Technologies, Inc. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to Google Permissions. All other trademarks referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

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