Книга: Embedded Linux Primer: A Practical, Real-World Approach

3.2.4. MIPS

3.2.4. MIPS

You might be surprised to learn that 32-bit processors based on the MIPS architecture have been shipping for more than 20 years. The MIPS architecture was designed in 1981 by a Stanford University engineering team led by Dr. John Hennessey, who later went on to form MIPS Computer Systems, Inc. That company has morphed into the present-day MIPS Technologies, whose primary role is the design and subsequent licensing of MIPS architecture and cores.

The MIPS core has been licensed by many companies, several of which have become powerhouses in the embedded processor market. MIPS is a Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) architecture with both 32-bit and 64-bit implementations shipping in many popular products. MIPS processors are found in a large variety of products, from high-end to consumer devices. It is public knowledge that MIPS processors power many popular well-known consumer products, such as Sony high definition television sets, Linksys wireless access points, and the popular Sony PlayStation 2 game console.[21]

The MIPS Technology website lists 73 licensees who are currently engaged in manufacturing products using MIPS processor cores. Some of these companies are household names, as with Sony, Texas Instruments, Cisco's Scientific Atlanta (a leading manufacturer of cable TV set-top boxes), Motorola, and others. Certainly, one of the largest and most successful of these is Broadcom Corporation.

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