Chipidea founder quits MIPS

Professor Jose Franca, the founder of Chipidea Microelectronica, has resigned from the position he took up at MIPS Technologies following its acquisition of Chipidea.

MIPS Technologies said in a statement Franca resigned to pursue his personal interests and resume his career in academia. He had been leading the analogue and mixed-signal intellectual property (IP) group that MIPS formed after its purchase of Chipidea a year ago. France set up Chipidea in February 1997 with other academics working on mixed-signal research at the University of Lisbon.

“We wish Professor Franca well and continue to respect him for his pivotal role in launching and leading Chipidea,” said John Bourgoin, president and CEO of MIPS. “We continue to view our acquisition of Chipidea as a strategic move for MIPS that would not have been possible without Professor Franca, and we wish him well in his future endeavours.”

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