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TarraTarra!
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re: Imagination won't kill MIPS
TarraTarra!   11/7/2012 7:52:55 PM
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The writing is on the wall. Both Broadcom and Cavium which are the largest MIPs silicon providers have indicated a move to ARM.

da4089
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re: Imagination won't kill MIPS
da4089   11/7/2012 3:26:02 PM
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I'm interested in the future of Octeon and XLP, especially in light of Cavium's Project Thunder announcement. What future for MIPS in PPU market?

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re: Imagination won't kill MIPS
rick merritt   11/7/2012 2:12:07 PM
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Hi Tom, We editors like to join and spark the online conversation in the "open source" world rather than do it privately. We get more crowd sourcing smarts from the engineering world that way. Question for you, Tom: Does this deal significantly upset the balance of processor patents in the ARM vs. Intel camps?

marcos83
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re: Imagination won't kill MIPS
marcos83   11/7/2012 2:07:36 PM
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ARM is such an annoying company.

The MicroMan
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re: Imagination won't kill MIPS
The MicroMan   11/7/2012 3:30:28 AM
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Rick, don't you and Junko work at the same company? I see UBM editors writing to each other often in article comments. Maybe you could peer-review or read each others' stories before publishing them rather than asking the questions with the rest of the readers. As for the topic of this article, the MIPS architecture has had very limited success outside of networking and is not in the broad spectrum of markets that ARM continues to seep into. Outside of networking, MIPS's primary value is in its patent portfolio. Indeed, that is something that both ARM and Imagination should be able to take advantage of in their own designs and/or monetize through licensing - a fundamental part of their businesses.

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re: Imagination won't kill MIPS
junko.yoshida   11/7/2012 12:53:51 AM
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82 patents Imgaination is buying are strictly related to MIPS architecture, essential for Imagination to develop MIPS core further. While 498 patents ARM-led consortium is buying is more on fundamental processing. It's important to note that Imagination is granted with "royalty-free, perpetual licence" to all of the remaining 498 patents it did not purchase.

rick merritt
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re: Imagination won't kill MIPS
rick merritt   11/7/2012 12:09:32 AM
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I wonder if Imagination will continue its Meta CPU core long term? I also wonder what's the difference between the 82 patents Imagination is buying and the 498 ARM and partners are getting.

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