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
thesunnyk
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2010-05-21

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.

R.I.P.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

I got to learn MIPS assembly while a the university, but we could only afford ourselves simulators on those days.

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RE: I'm actually a little teary
by dsmogor on Wed 7th Nov 2012 13:01 in reply to "I'm actually a little teary"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

I second. MIPS assembly is a pleasure to work with. One could learn it inside out one day and be instantly productive.

Edited 2012-11-07 13:04 UTC

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bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

Although AArch64 (ARMv8's 64-bit mode) is basically MIPS...

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milatchi Member since:
2005-08-29

I'm glad you brought up the SGI connection. That was the first thing I thought when I saw MIPS. Since this is an OS site it makes me wonder where "RISC/os (UMIPS)" lies -- not to be confused with "RISC OS."

MIPS' RISC/os is indicated to be the Unix base used by SGI to build IRIX on MIPS CPUs back in '87.

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RE: I'm actually a little teary
by zima on Thu 8th Nov 2012 03:23 in reply to "I'm actually a little teary"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

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 remember one edition of my local C=64 & Amiga magazine from ~1993, they did an article from some trade show mostly covering... SGI machines they've seen there. Maybe because there was not much life left in Commodore at that point, maybe "you thought Amigas are nice? Check out this!" for whatever reason, maybe hopeful that SGI then represents the capabilities of future home machines - and it kinda did...

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.

...but how many, then, thought it would be brought by "boring" PCs? ;)

(including webcam, like IIRC SGI Indy had - BTW, from time to time I'm trying to find a game made for some semi-official SGI competition IIRC, using that webcam as an input, displaying orange-ish landscape covered with twisted trees / trunks, IIRC manipulating one of them for some purpose; sensible search terms don't return much...)

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.

Well it's not so bad, if you want small machines ;)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loongson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingenic_Semiconductor

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