App Developers Embrace the MIPS(R) Architecture by Using Latest Release of Android(TM) NDK

Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:00am EDT

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for home entertainment, networking, mobile and embedded applications, announced that several leading app and game developers are using the latest version of the Android™ Native Development Kit (NDK) to bring their applications to the MIPS® architecture. With Release 8 of the Android NDK available from Google, these developers are easily bringing their natively developed Android applications to MIPS in support of the growing number of MIPS-Based™ Android products in the market. Many of these applications and others will be made available via Google Play.

Australian game developer Halfbrick plans to bring its popular Fruit Ninja game to MIPS. "Fruit Ninja has consistently been in the top 10 downloaded applications on Google Play, and it continues to grow in popularity. It only makes sense for us to make our flagship game accessible to the millions of consumers using MIPS-Based devices so that everyone who wants to play can do so. With Google Play and the Android NDK, supporting multiple CPU architectures is an easy and automatic process," said Shainiel Deo, CEO, Halfbrick.

Through the Android NDK, Opera Software's Opera Mobile browser is also now available for MIPS. "At Opera, we want our browser products to be accessible via all Android devices, including the millions of MIPS-Based mobile devices. We pride ourselves on our powerful Presto rendering technology, which provides a superior web browsing experience on any mobile device," said Peter Wallman, VP mobile product development, Opera Software.

From Rightware, industry standard mobile benchmarking software including Basemark® ES, Basemark® GUI, and Basemark® OS are coming to MIPS Android. "We are focused on producing the most comprehensive mobile benchmarking software, which we achieve by having a wide variety of devices in our Power Board database. We are pleased to include MIPS support, as it will contribute to the depth of our Power Board database and improve our benchmarks," said Ville-Veikko Helppi, director of marketing, Rightware.

According to Gideon Intrater, vice president of marketing, MIPS Technologies, "We are excited to see the growing momentum of Android developers using the Android NDK to create apps that are compatible with the MIPS architecture. This is a win for developers, who can reach a wider audience, and a win for consumers, who now have access to more high-quality mobile content. We anticipate that this momentum will continue as more developers learn that simply using the NDK extends the reach of their content to millions of MIPS-Based devices already in the market."

While most Android applications are completely portable and already available for MIPS-Based Android devices, a small percentage of applications still benefit from native code for performance reasons. Application developers who choose to use native code can generate that code for execution on MIPS-Based Android devices by using the official Android NDK available from Google at http://developer.android.com/sdk/ndk/index.html.

About MIPS Technologies, Inc.

MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:MIPS) is a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for home entertainment, networking, mobile and embedded applications. The MIPS architecture powers some of the world's most popular products. Our technology is broadly used in products such as digital televisions, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, broadband customer premises equipment (CPE), WiFi access points and routers, networking infrastructure and portable/mobile communications and entertainment products. 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.

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