Linux 5.14 Picks Up Support For A Tiny & Inexpensive MIPS IoT Single Board Computer
Most of the MIPS kernel work we talk about these days is around the MIPS-based Loongson processors out of China that are Linux/open-source friendly and seeing new kernel work from vendor Lemote Tech. But occasionally there are other MIPS hardware work worth mentioning, such as the case here for Linux 5.14.
The MIPS code in Linux 5.14 adds support for one new board, the OpenEmbed SOM9331. The OpenEmbed SOM9331 is available as a single board computer (SBC) or system-on-module. This is a low-power MIPS embedded board out of China.
Powering the OpenEmbed SOM9331 is a Qualcomm Atheros AR9331 SoC that is intended for AP/router platforms. The MIPS 24K processor with the AR9331 operates at sub-400MHz. This OpenEmbed board has just 64MB of RAM with an 8MB flash chip. This SOM9331 board is intended for IoT and network use-cases and has been available for a few years already. Pricing on this module is $10~12 USD.
There has been out-of-tree kernel support and this board working with the likes of OpenWrt. Now with Linux 5.14, there is mainline support as part of the MIPS changes. Aside from that there isn't much else to talk about on the MIPS front this cycle.