PMC-Sierra Drives PhatNoise's Next-Generation Car Entertainment System

2/17/2004 - PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS - News) announced that PhatNoise®, Inc., a leading provider of automotive digital entertainment systems, has selected PMC-Sierra's 400 MHz RM5231A(TM) 64-bit MIPS-based(TM) microprocessor for their next-generation car entertainment system. PhatNoise selected the PMC-Sierra MIPS-based microprocessor for its combination of high performance, low power, and unparalleled scalability. This combination permits performance upgrades in the same footprint and minimizes software and board development costs.

"PMC-Sierra provides a high performance, low power solution that meets the demands of the new features for our next-generation car entertainment system, and also allows us to seamlessly upgrade performance for future products while preserving code and dollar investments," said Dannie Lau, co-founder and executive vice president at PhatNoise.

PMC-Sierra's Scalable Advanced Consumer Evaluation Platform
PMC-Sierra provides a scalable evaluation platform for the RM5231A, RM7035C(TM), and RM7935(TM) 64-bit MIPS-based microprocessors with a 32-bit SysAD interface that connects to the PMC-Sierra PM8172(TM) 32-bit System Controller. Available in speeds ranging from 250 MHz to 900 MHz, these microprocessors are available in an innovative packaging technology that allows seamless pin-compatible upgrades. Customers can choose the microprocessor performance level for their current design and have the ability to seamlessly increase performance for their subsequent designs.

"PMC-Sierra's RM5231A 64-bit MIPS-based microprocessor was designed to meet the high performance, low power requirements of today's and tomorrow's demanding consumer electronics market," said Jason Chiang, manager of product marketing, Microprocessor Products Division at PMC-Sierra. "Using an innovative packaging technology, we can help our customers save on future design costs by providing them a scalable, pin-compatible solution that can be used in multiple products for multiple generations."

PMC-Sierra's Comprehensive Family of Scalable 64-bit MIPS-based Microprocessors
The MIPS® architecture has become one of the most widely licensed, open industry standard architectures in the communications networking, printer and advanced electronic consumer markets. PMC-Sierra's MIPS-based microprocessor products are used in a broad range of applications such as enterprise routers and switches, media gateways, storage systems, printers, and advanced electronic consumer products. For more information, visit

About PMC-Sierra
PMC-Sierra(TM) is a leading provider of high speed broadband communications and storage semiconductors and MIPS-based microprocessors for Enterprise, Access, Metro Optical Transport, Storage Area Networking and Wireless network equipment. The company offers worldwide technical and sales support, including a network of offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The company is publicly traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the PMCS symbol and is included in the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit

About PhatNoise
PhatNoise Inc. is an innovator in the drive to create seamless automotive access to the digital world. The company's advanced platforms and software for digital media take consumers beyond current concepts in digital music and media by introducing easy and efficient ways to locate, manage, play, and interact with digital content across multiple devices and environments. PhatNoise creates products and technology for license and distribution by leading partners in the automotive, consumer electronics, and multimedia industries, including the Kenwood Music Keg and the PhatNoise Digital Media Player for Volkswagen and Audi. For more information on PhatNoise and its technologies and products, visit

PMC, PMCS, PMC-Sierra, RM5231A, RM7035C, RM7935, PM8172, and "Thinking you can build on" are trademarks of PMC-Sierra, Inc.

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