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Imagination MIPS CPU Division to be sold to Tallwood

Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:16 pm

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Re: Imagination MIPS CPU Division to be sold to Tallwood

Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:54 pm

Meh, who cares.

The MIPS processor architecture market is tiny.

Soon to be eclipsed by RISC V.

More importantly the Chinese were prevented from getting their hands on Lattice.

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Re: Imagination MIPS CPU Division to be sold to Tallwood

Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:12 pm

Why would we be interested in this? What does it have to do with Raspberries?
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Re: Imagination MIPS CPU Division to be sold to Tallwood

Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:09 pm

DougieLawson wrote:
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:12 pm
Why would we be interested in this? What does it have to do with Raspberries?
It is in OFF- TOPIC :roll:
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Re: Imagination MIPS CPU Division to be sold to Tallwood

Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:53 pm

Doesn't really answer my question. I know you posted it in off-topic because I'm not completely stupid.

MIPS is too far off for off-topic. Does anyone give a flying?
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Re: Imagination MIPS CPU Division to be sold to Tallwood

Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:07 pm

DougieLawson,
Why would we be interested in this? What does it have to do with Raspberries?
Perhaps not much now a days. But bear with me:

The Raspi uses an ARM processor. That ARM processor has a linage going back to the first Acorn RISC Machine built by Acorn in the 1980's. Which, interstingly, was the fastest personal computer one could hope to buy at the time.

That Acorn RISC Machine was inspired by the concepts of the "Reduced Instruction Set Computer", RISC, as championed by David Patterson at Berkely https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_RISC

Those RISC researches lead to devices like Spark, MIPS and Alpha as well.

So, anyone inspired to learn about programming and computer design by exposure to the Pi might also be interested in the history of such things. The MIPS is part of that history.

Should any young person here be inspired by the Pi to undertake an undergraduate degree in computer architecture they are quite likly to find themselves studying the MIPS architecture as an example.
Does anyone give a flying?
For us guys that have been living through and following the development of micro-processors for the past four decades it is of interest. It's the end of a famous line.

Given the Raspi Foundations goal of furthering knowledge of computing I would say that MIPS is an interesting part of all that.

Mind you. You are right. It's all history now. MIPs in it's pedagogical role will in computer architecture will soon me displaced by the RISC V.

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Re: Imagination MIPS CPU Division to be sold to Tallwood

Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:37 pm

Heater wrote:
Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:54 pm
Meh, who cares.

The MIPS processor architecture market is tiny.
Vast amount of SOHO routers is still being built on MIPS SoCs, actually ARM routers started to hit the market only a few years ago and only in high-end (very) expensive models ...

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Re: Imagination MIPS CPU Division to be sold to Tallwood

Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:28 am

Ah yes, forgot about those. And it was only a while ago I was installing OpenWRT on such routers and compiling my own code to run on them with a MIPS GCC compiler. I remember thinking it was odd that MIPS dominated that market rather than ARM.

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