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11/6/2012 02:41 PM EST
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junko.yoshida
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junko.yoshida   11/6/2012 8:46:40 PM
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According to Imagination, that is NOT the case. I will be posting a follow-up anaysis piece shortly. But in a nut shell, Imagination CEO made it very clear during the conference call that his company will move the MIPS architecture "go forward."

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tangey   11/6/2012 10:26:45 PM
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The article specifically says: "Once the Imagination-MIPS deal is completed, MIPS royalties will go to Imagination, not to AST"

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tangey   11/6/2012 10:28:42 PM
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How can apple get sued when the entire ip is licensed from ARM, and their main graphics processor supplier inww owns MIPS

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pkandel   11/6/2012 11:03:07 PM
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My guess is that Imagination will cherry-pick useful features from its Meta products, which actually share some similarities with MIPS, and include them in MIPS CPUs.

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junko.yoshida   11/6/2012 11:33:19 PM
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Imagination CEO also talked about a lot of similarities between its Meta CPU and that of MIPS. The follow-up analysis story, discussing the promise by Imagination that it won't kill MIPS, is posted here: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4400720/Imagination-won-t-kill-MIPS--it-s-ready-for-CPU-war

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DrDave   11/7/2012 6:12:48 PM
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I wonder where Microchip fits in to this given their PIC32 is MIPS based?

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TarraTarra!   11/7/2012 7:47:50 PM
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Sure that is what they would say but what is the long term viability of that approach. If MIPs could not survive on its own how will imagination push MIPS designs? I think this is a short term strategy to continue supporting existing customers so they don't get sued by them for violating support contracts.

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junko.yoshida   11/7/2012 7:59:19 PM
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I don't expect anything to change. As Imagination stressed during the call, the company will continue to support all the MIPS licensees. At least, that's my understanding.

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krisi   11/7/2012 11:19:53 PM
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Well, what else could they say? We bought this biz and we will kill it now??? Large number of companies in the last 20 years said that will keep the technology but quietly or not so quietly killed it later on

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junko.yoshida   11/7/2012 11:50:12 PM
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Very true. I like your skepticism! That said, I think there may be legitimate reasons why Imagination may want to keep MIPS. See my other story on the site, entitled "Imagination won't kill MIPS."

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