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  • #16
    Originally posted by oliver View Post
    Excuse you?

    https://dev.openwrt.org/wiki/platforms

    I see an awefull lot of MIPS there. OpenWRT is not a mainstream DESKTOP distro, no. But a very awesome embedded distro never the less. It's the basis of quite some firmwares out there and even as openwrt runs on plenty of liberated routers. ...
    Yep, my little router has a MIPS chip made by Broadcom, runs Tomato very well. With SAMBA, print server, OpenVPN, not bad for a $20 router. I don't think MIPS will disappear. After all, the MIPS ISA is one of the most widely licensed RISC ISAs out there, with hundreds of licensees using it in everything from routers to set-top boxes to many other embedded devices. But in terms of the major markets of high end desktop/laptops (dominated by Intel/AMD) and mobile devices (dominated by ARM), I just don't see it being able to break into those areas. It will continue to be used in its niche area of embedded devices.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Hermit View Post
      But in terms of the major markets of high end desktop/laptops (dominated by Intel/AMD) and mobile devices (dominated by ARM), I just don't see it being able to break into those areas. It will continue to be used in its niche area of embedded devices.
      That's hardly a "niche area"; it's a much larger market than the ones you name.

      And Imagination Technologies should certainly be able to design a useful MIPS SoC design for mobile use, although I'm not sure that's what they want. It would make them a competitor for their most important clients (which the clients might not like), but OTOH, ARM has its own GPU core designs too now, and IT is losing market share to them in the mobile GPU core market, so maybe they want to be ready to have their own SoC design if they need to...

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