Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
EdwinBland
User Rank
Rookie
re: Crazy acquisition chatter
EdwinBland   11/8/2012 3:16:19 AM
NO RATINGS
Microchip has bought SST & SMSC... why not MIPS... they're already using one of their cores in the PIC32 family... it seems like they have a vested interest in the longevity of the product line...

BrianBailey
User Rank
Blogger
re: Crazy acquisition chatter
BrianBailey   11/6/2012 8:03:34 PM
NO RATINGS
Not sure it is right to call Bridge Crossing LLC a patent troll. A significant portion of the funding for this came from ARM. The same was true for the Nortel patents acquired by Apple and Microsoft. Are they suddenly trolls?

przemek
User Rank
Rookie
re: Crazy acquisition chatter
przemek   11/6/2012 6:41:21 PM
NO RATINGS
British company Imagination bought MIPS engineers for 300k$ per each one, plus 80+ core MIPS patents. The remaining 500 patents were sold for 350M$ to another company that's pure IP aka patent trolls. http://www.zdnet.com/chip-designer-mips-acquired-for-60m-patents-sold-for-350m-7000006969/

krisi
User Rank
CEO
re: Crazy acquisition chatter
krisi   11/6/2012 3:55:20 PM
NO RATINGS
60 Million, pretty cheap, Mips probably has some interesting IP...is Innovation hoping to compete against its bigger British brother ARM?

moronda
User Rank
Manager
re: Crazy acquisition chatter
moronda   11/6/2012 11:24:46 AM
NO RATINGS
MIPS is bought for 60 Million. That is the end of the MIPS architecture. All they are doing there is buying the engineers. 60 million is not even that much money to pay for 160 R&D engineers.

krisi
User Rank
CEO
re: Crazy acquisition chatter
krisi   11/5/2012 5:49:52 PM
NO RATINGS
Arm buying Mips makes no sense to me...now thinking more about it, why would anyone buy Mips? someone in embedded systems space?



EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Steve Wozniak Reacts to Latest iPhone
Max Maxfield
7 comments
Funnily enough, just a few days ago as I pen these words, I was chatting with my wife (Gina the Gorgeous) when she informed me that -- as a kid -- she had never played at making a ...

EDN Staff

11 Summer Vacation Spots for Engineers
EDN Staff
20 comments
This collection of places from technology history, museums, and modern marvels is a roadmap for an engineering adventure that will take you around the world. Here are just a few spots ...

Glen Chenier

Engineers Solve Analog/Digital Problem, Invent Creative Expletives
Glen Chenier
15 comments
- An analog engineer and a digital engineer join forces, use their respective skills, and pull a few bunnies out of a hat to troubleshoot a system with which they are completely ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
46 comments
I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Flash Poll
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)