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re: Broadcom extends MIPS deal but does not buy firm
moronda   7/13/2012 5:45:46 AM
I'm sorry but I don't get the connection to the value of the patent portfolio. BRCM is the top MIPS customer. I would be more impressed if they announced someone paying them for patents that doesn't use MIPS. I mean, come on.

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re: Broadcom extends MIPS deal but does not buy firm
pmd12345   7/7/2012 1:06:00 AM
So basically MIPS is selling itself off as a timeshare, instead of as a small condo. This should end well.

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re: Broadcom extends MIPS deal but does not buy firm
timemerchant   7/5/2012 12:09:56 PM
ARM still has a long way to go to catch up to MIPS for multi-core or 64-bit. For Broadcom, they would loose at least a year if they swapped to ARM to get to the same number of cores and 64-bit as they currently have with their MIPS ISA. A real pity that MIPS was so greedy when they still had Sony and Nintendo as customers. I still recall the prices of Silicon Graphics boxes, the Compaq fiasco, it just keeps coming back in nightmares. I wasted years working with various MIPS devices.

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re: Broadcom extends MIPS deal but does not buy firm
Peter Clarke   7/4/2012 4:39:50 PM
It may be that Broadcom already knows the fate of MIPS and that this deal is tying up of a lose end prior to the announcement.

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re: Broadcom extends MIPS deal but does not buy firm
TarraTarra!   7/3/2012 8:50:21 PM
This is chump change for Broadcom to protect its long time interests. Hopefully this keeps MIPS (company) alive for a bit longer. Broadcom will be one of the few companies remaining that continue to be a MIPS house. Remember that it paid a staggering $4B to acquire Netlogic for their MIPS processor implementation. They don't have an option but to continue down the MIPS line.


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