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11/6/2012 02:41 PM EST
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krisi
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krisi   11/6/2012 4:12:14 PM
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If ARM and others pay $450M this is the real acquisition, the $60M that Imagination paid was to get engineering force

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markhahn0   11/6/2012 5:09:09 PM
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a bit ignominious, given the historic importance of MIPS as an architecture. not to mention the irony of MIPS being at the core of China's "domestic" supercomputing chips...

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rick merritt   11/6/2012 5:17:29 PM
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Clearly the market values the MIPS patents more than the products. I am guessing on-going patent royalties from Broadcom, Cavium and all other licensees will go to ARM/Bridge group, not Imagination. I wonder if Imagination will continue its own fledgling CPU architecture and MIPS or kill one of the two.

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junko.yoshida   11/6/2012 5:20:05 PM
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We are fully aware of MIPS' China factor involved here. We need to hear from Imagination in regards to their plan.

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bordersboy   11/6/2012 5:32:19 PM
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So when do Apple find themselves being sued for infringement. Without doubt they will infringe somewhere in their processors. the shoe will be on the other foot then........

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DSteer   11/6/2012 5:35:43 PM
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MIPS has some very strong patents on multi-threading. Getting those out of harms-way is a very shrewd move by ARM.

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junko.yoshida   11/6/2012 5:48:36 PM
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It's not clear at this point if Apple is part of the AST. This has not been confirmed.

krisi
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krisi   11/6/2012 7:17:51 PM
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I think they will kill Mips

rick merritt
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rick merritt   11/6/2012 7:52:02 PM
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Clearly the merger gives ARM a little more competition as the game increasingly shifts to supplying a full suite of SoC blocks. Imagination will gain leverage selling graphics and other cores into set-tops where MIPS is strong and Imagination could help MIPS gain more traction in mobile.

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junko.yoshida   11/6/2012 8:45:09 PM
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Rick, I added a few updates to the story above, after the Imagination/MIPS conference call. MIPS patent royalties will NOT go to the consortium, but to Imagination.

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