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Imagination Technologies Vows to Deliver Server-Class MIPS IP in 2014.
MIPS is still a favorite in colleges & universities because it's simple, and it was open enough that it could be discussed. Imagination Technologies is a lead offender in making closed products no one but their well-monied friends can write drivers for, which is quite a contrast. It'll be interesting to see going forwards whether Imagination continues selling MIPS widely, and whether it maintains it's broadly good driver situation. The best possible case is that Imagination gets religion and starts to release open documentation, the worst case is that MIPS becomes alike PowerVR- unusable to open source.
In response to the comment about MIPS being a favorite in academia, I think that comes down to two things:
1. The Hennessy and Patterson (a.k.a. H&P) architecture texts are de facto standards at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
2. The "DLX" instruction set in the H&P texts is basically MIPS. That isn't surprising when you consider that John Hennessy was the founder of both MIPS (the Stanford research project) and MIPS (the company).
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