For those customers seeking to license MIPS technologies, Yassaie said
they will go through Imagination, not the consortium. The 498 MIPS
patents bought by ARM-led consortium provide the group with general
patent protection rather than access to specific parts of the MIPS
architecture, he added.
ARM and others in the consortium are
hoping that the deal will reduce the risk of infringing any MIPS
patents. The consortium will make available licenses to the patent
portfolio to companies outside the consortium, ARM said.
"ARM is a
leading participant in this consortium, which presents an opportunity
for companies to neutralize any potential infringement risk from these
patents in the further development of advanced embedded technology," ARM
CEO Warren East said in a statement. "Litigation is expensive and time
consuming and, in this case, a collective approach with other major
industry players was the best way to remove that risk."
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.
Join our online Radio Show on Friday 11th July starting at 2:00pm Eastern, when EETimes editor of all things fun and interesting, Max Maxfield, and embedded systems expert, Jack Ganssle, will debate as to just what is, and is not, and embedded system.