MIPS opens architecture for universities

Imagination Technologies has announced that the MIPS CPU will be releasing a fully open MIPS CPU to academic institutions worldwide at no cost. Academic institutions will have access to the RTL for study and research that Imagination Technologies believes will lead to a new wave of innovations in both processor technologies and advancements in applications like IoT, mobile, and automotive. The MIPS architecture features a Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) architecture with memory management, caching, and debug interfaces well suited to running full-featured operating systems like Linux as well as a variety of embedded real-time operating systems (RTOSs). Among those signed up for the program include Harvey Mudd College, Imperial College London, University College London, Keio University, Tsinghua University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Universities interested in joining the program can do so by registering at community.imgtec.com/university/university-registration.