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Latest Release of Android™ ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ Comes to the MIPS® Architecture

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – December 21, 2011 – MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital home, networking and mobile applications, today announced that Android™ 4.0.3, the latest release of the Android 4.0 platform also known as “Ice Cream Sandwich,” is now available for the MIPS® architecture. The MIPS port was completed within 24 hours of being released by Google into open source on December 16th. The Android 4.0.3 code for MIPS is available for download at http://developer.mips.com.

In January, an Android 4.0.3 over-the air (OTA) update will be available at www.ainovo.com for existing MIPS-Based Android tablets from Ainol Electronics Co., Ltd. and will also be pre-installed on tablets that begin shipping as of that time. 

In addition, the open source release of Android 4.0.3 from Google contains support for MIPS’ LLVM technology. Over the past year, MIPS Technologies developed this technology based on its belief that the LLVM open source compiler infrastructure will continue to gain acceptance across the industry as a basis for application portability. Already, LLVM is an underpinning for key Android facilities such as the Renderscript applications programming interface (API). MIPS contributed its technology to the official Android source tree because of its strategic importance for application developers.

“Following our recent announcement with our customer Ingenic about availability of the world’s first Android 4.0 tablet, we are pleased to enable all MIPS licensees to bring the latest release of Android to their consumer devices such as DTVs, set-top boxes, automotive infotainment and service gateways, as well as MIPS-Based smartphones and tablets,” said Gideon Intrater, vice president of marketing, MIPS Technologies.

About MIPS Technologies, Inc. (www.mips.com)

MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NasdaqGS: 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.

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