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TTPCOM TO INTEGRATE BLUETOOTH TECHNOLOGY WITH MIPS CORES.

TTP Communications plc (`TTPCom') (LSE:TTC) has announced that it will integrate portable and synthesizable Bluetooth(TM) technology with synthesizable 32-bit cores from MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:MIPS, MIPSB). Initially, the technology will target the digital entertainment, office and home automation markets, areas where MIPS-based(TM) designs have already established a strong presence.

"TTPCom and MIPS Technologies will offer SoC designers the opportunity to add Bluetooth functionality with a minimal impact on the silicon cost, development time or design risk," commented Charles Sturman, Bluetooth product manager at TTPCom. "The small footprint of the Bluetooth component, together with the ease of integration and completeness of the solution, will allow system designers to include Bluetooth in their products with incredibly short timeframes and also at a fraction of the cost of the much touted $5 Bluetooth chip."

The high performance of the MIPS32(TM) architecture assures ample resources are available for a variety of applications residing on a single processor, allowing set-top boxes, digital cameras, video and games consoles, printers and copiers to be Bluetooth enabled. For the lowest-cost solution, an RF transceiver device is the only other component required.

"We see tremendous potential for Bluetooth technology within our licensees' markets," said Derek Meyer, vice president of world-wide field operations at MIPS Technologies. "Working together, TTPCom and MIPS Technologies will be able to offer system designers an easy path to short-range, ad-hoc, wireless networking capability for their products."

TTPCom's Bluetooth technology is a full implementation of the 1.1 specification and was designed with scalability and portability in mind, making it ideal for SoC developers. The baseband core is supplied as a fully synthesizable VHDL design hierarchy with ASIC and FPGA synthesis scripts and a full design validation and test bench environment. Protocol software is supplied as a complete set of portable and configurable ANSI C with associated build and compilation environment and extensive suite system test scripts. A generic kernel interface abstraction layer above the operating system makes it easy for the company to support new processor cores and a large number of different operating systems.

As part of the agreement, TTPCom joined MIPS' MIPS Alliance Program (MAP). MAP provides its members with sales and technical assistance as well as broad marketing support such as Internet and traditional marketing and promotional activities. MAP members are third-party vendors who provide enhanced solutions around MIPS-based processors.

About TTPCom Ltd.

Based in Cambridge, UK, TTP Communications plc (LSE: TTC) through its subsidiary TTPCom Limited develops technology intellectual property used in the design and manufacture of wireless communication terminals. TTPCom is developing technology for future generations of GSM, such as GPRS and EDGE; Third Generation (3G) terminals; and for the Bluetooth(TM) short-range wireless communications system. Over 50 separate terminal designs using TTPCom'hardware and software technology have achieved the key milestone of Full Type Approval (FTA). TTPCom also offers complete IP and handset design for manufacturers seeking to bring products to market quickly. More information can be found at TTPCom's Web site at http://www.ttpcom.com.

About MIPS Technologies Inc.

MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS, MIPSB) is a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer and network applications. The company drives the broadest architectural alliance that is delivering 32- and 64-bit embedded RISC solutions. The company licenses its intellectual property to semiconductor companies, ASIC developers and system OEMs. MIPS Technologies and its licensees offer the widest range of robust, scalable processors in standard, custom, semi-custom and application-specific products. The company is based in Mountain View, Calif., and can be reached at +1 (650)567-5000 >TX SILICON WAVE LICENSES BLUETOOTH BASEBAND TO CIRRUS LOGIC >TX Silicon Wave, Inc., a designer and provider of RF communication system components, and Cirrus Logic(TM), Inc. (Nasdaq:CRUS), the Internet audio leader, have signed a licensing agreement that adds wireless connectivity to Cirrus Logic's Maveric microprocessors for Internet electronics. As a licensee of Silicon Wave, Cirrus Logic plans to combine its industry-leading audio capability with Silicon Wave's baseband IP that incorporates Bluetooth wireless technology enabling native Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology support on Cirrus's Maverick chips. The new wireless capability would untether Maverick processor-based electronics such as Internet audio players, PDAs, and eBooks, eliminating cables and adding such features as wireless headphones or wireless Internet access.

"The agreement between Cirrus Logic and Silicon Wave is intended to get products with Bluetooth wireless technology out of the lab and into the hands of consumers," said Matthew Perry, vice president and general manager for Cirrus Logic's Embedded Processors Division. "By combining our technologies, Silicon Wave and Cirrus Logic are well matched in delivering a seamless information exchange for mobile, low power and cable replacement applications.

No Separate Baseband Required

Through Silicon Wave's IP licensing agreement, Cirrus Logic will be developing future Maverick processors with an integrated Bluetooth baseband and radio interface that will provide an all-in-one processing solution for both the portable device and the Bluetooth protocol software. Manufacturers will then only need an external single-chip radio modem from Silicon Wave to enable Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Silicon Wave's high performance SiW1502(TM) radio modem provides low power, long range, and interference rejection technologies which further compliment Cirrus Logic's Maverick processor, the leading processor choice for many smart handhelds including portable digital audio players.

"We are pleased to have Cirrus Logic as a premier licensee for our baseband IP program announced in February, and we see strong synergy between their audio capability and our baseband IP," said Jarvis Tou, vice president of marketing and business development for Silicon Wave. "Combining Maverick with our SiW1502 radio modem will offer high performance and low power characteristics which will deliver a superior user experience."

About Silicon Wave Inc.

Based in San Diego, Silicon Wave designs and produces RF communication system components that consistently deliver superior user experience. Silicon Wave products include baseband, radio modem and software solutions for Bluetooth wireless communications and a complete line of silicon tuners for cable modems and digital set-top boxes. Founded in 1997, the company was the first to deliver a fully qualified, single-chip radio modem for Bluetooth communications and first to achieve Bluetooth version 1.1 qualification for its products. Silicon Wave is an Associate Member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.

For more inforamtion, visit http://www.siliconwave.com or call 858/546-2751.

Maverick

Maverick technology continues to strengthen its market position as favorite chip of designers of second and third-generation portable consumer Internet products. Maverick engineers increasingly choose to leverage key Maverick processor features in Internet appliances and Internet audio players, including a choice of the following:

-- Operating systems including: Linux, WinCE, eCOS, EPOC, Palm OS and VxWorks

-- Alternative data storage methods including FLASH, hard drives, CD ROMs, CD R/W or iOmega's PocketZip(TM) magnetic media.

-- MP3, WMA and AAC compression/decompression standards

-- Multiple levels of security including MavrickLock(TM) and MaverickKey(TM) security technologies

-- Maverick chips are designed into a variety of Internet entertainment devices including Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), Internet TVs, Internet TV set-top boxes, eBooks, Web-based entertainment, network-based home audio players, digital car audio players and 70 percent of the portable Internet audio players sold worldwide last year. After only six months of production, Cirrus Logic shipped its millionth Maverick processor in August 2000.

More information about Cirrus Logic's Maverick processor is available at http://www.BEaMAVERICK.com.

Cirrus Logic

Cirrus Logic is a premier supplier of high-performance analog and DSP chip solutions for Internet entertainment electronics. Building on its global market share leadership in audio integrated circuits and its rich mixed-signal patent portfolio, the company targets high-volume audio, storage and communications applications. Cirrus Logic sells its products under the Crystal(R), Maverick(TM) and 3Ci(TM) brands as well as its own name. Founded in 1984 in Silicon Valley, Cirrus Logic operates from headquarters in Austin, Texas and major sites located in Fremont, California and Broomfield, Colorado as well as offices in Europe, Japan and Asia.

For more information, visit http://www.cirrus.com or call 512/912-3842.
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