Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Nov 2012 23:35 UTC
In the News The desktop and laptop world is dominated by x86, the mobile/embedded world by ARM. Conventional wisdom, right? Not really. There's also MIPS - hundreds of millions of embedded devices run on MIPS, and for years now, the architecture has been trying to break into the mobile world dominated so much by ARM. They just a got a boost: MIPS has been acquired by Imagination Tech, most known for its PowerVR graphics chips used in a lot of smartphones and tablets.
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I'm actually a little teary
by thesunnyk on Wed 7th Nov 2012 00:55 UTC
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Since high school, the SGI Octane / O2 series was my favourite. It had a unified memory architecture, was an absolute beast at the time, and all the cool kids at SIGGRAPH were using them. It was my Ferrari. A slightly-too-far-away dream. I always imagined that when I grew up and could afford the $10,000 odd dollar computer, I'd buy the state of the art at the time. While that dream died with SGI's move away from MIPS, I still had MIPS itself.

MIPS have always had an upwardly mobile, extremely scalable architecture, and a wonderful instruction set. I think it's superior to ARM in so many ways. I always believed in my heart of hearts that somehow some parallel company would pick up MIPS and just make crazy beast machines and I'd be able to pick up the "smaller" versions one day. That's probably not going to happen now.

It's probably the reason I read OSNews today, and you guys are probably the only ones who will care about this.


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