MediaTek to use Wave's MIPS cores in next-gen products

Wave Computing's MIPS cores are going to run next-gen devices from MediaTek, under a new licensing agreement. (Wave Computing)

Wave Computing MIPS cores will power the next generation of connected products at MediaTek, Wave announced on Wednesday.

The two companies signed a licensing agreement for the use of the MIPS cores, which are built for high-performance wireless, networking, auto and AI applications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

It builds on an existing relationship between the companies started in 2017. It is also indication of the growth in adoption of MIPS architecture and the performance and efficiency inherent in MIPS’ multithreading technology for use in real-time and parallel edge applications, Wave said.

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MediaTek is the fourth largest fabless semiconductor company globally. Its cores power more than 1.5 billion connected devices every year, including smart TVs, mobile phones, Android tablets and DVD players. MediaTek first announced plans to put Wave’s CPUs in smartphone LTE modems in 2017.

Wave’s MIPS multithreading is unique in the processor space. It helps applications by enabling more performance during a single clock cycle, making it possible to run multiple functions independently of each other. The ultimate result is lower latency and lower cost. MIPS architecture is a reduced instruction set computing architecture, which is designed for the highest performance and lowest power consumption.

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