Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Jun 2012 20:54 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless JLG (we can suffice with his initials on OSNews, right?): "Nokia, once the emperor of mobile phones, shipping more than 100 million devices per quarter, is now in a tailspin, probably irrecoverable, taking its employees into the ground. And there is Nokia's chosen partner, Microsoft. What will Nokia's failure do to its future? Ballmer knows Microsoft can't be relegated to a inconsequential role in the smartphone wars. Will this lead to Microsoft going 'vertical', that is buying Nokia's smartphone business and become an vertically player, as it already is in its Xbox business?" Microsoft will eventually buy Nokia's smartphone business. I mean, it's not as if they have any other serious WP7 OEMs they can piss off with such a move.
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RE[3]: This was obvious trap
by matako on Tue 19th Jun 2012 19:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: This was obvious trap"
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I think MIPS had great future. SGI stopped investing in new products while the rest of the world continued race forward and that killed them.

MIPS is actually still going strong in the embedded market. SGI was never really that important for the proliferation of the MIPS architectures since it has found its way in so many high-volume products already in the early 1990s. It is a mature architecture that is also making a bit of a come back in a more visible computing segment. There is renewed interest in MIPS for Android devices and such.

Besides being a widespread architecture, MIPS has two major advantages going for it today:

a) Unlike ARM it has industry-proven mature 64-bit variants for quite some time.

b) It makes _true_ high-performance, low-power computing look easy. Take Ingenic Semiconductor JZ4770 SoC for instance - a 1GHz part drawing 0.25W under 100% CPU _and_ GPU load. Beat that.

Edited 2012-06-19 19:53 UTC

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