MIPS, Toshiba to jointly develop 64-bit processor

MIPS Technologies Inc. and Toshiba Corp. have agreed to jointly develop a 64-bit RISC (reduced instruction set computer) microprocessor, called TX99, based on an enhanced MIPS processor core, code-named Amethyst, the companies said Tuesday.

The TX99, which is being developed for use in embedded applications, is expected to have a clock speed of 1GHz, the companies said. It will be based on MIPS's 64-bit Amethyst core which is designed for chips produced using a 0.10-micron production process. The TX99 is fully compatible with MIPS's 32-bit core architecture, a feature that is designed to smooth the transition from a 32-bit architecture to 64-bit.

Toshiba and MIPS will jointly develop the TX99 processor for embedded applications where cost and power are important, such as automotive telematics, office automation, multimedia home gateways, consumer products and networking equipment, the companies said in a joint statement.

Toshiba plans to have its first TX99 product on the market by the first quarter of 2003 and expects to have a general-use microprocessor on the market by the end of 2003.

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