MIPS Open™ FAQ

MIPS Open includes the following IP and technology architectures:

  • The open source version of the 32 and 64-bit MIPS Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), Release 6
  • MIPS SIMD Extensions v1.0
  • MIPS DSP Extensions
  • MIPS Multi-Threading (MT)
  • MIPS MCU
  • microMIPS Architecture
  • MIPS Virtualization (VZ)

Absolutely. The MIPS Open community is available to anyone interested in helping further the innovation and capabilities of the MIPS architecture.

Absolutely. The MIPS Open community is available to anyone interested in helping further the innovation and capabilities of the MIPS architecture.

No, the company can develop and maintain proprietary source code for any core it developed using the MIPS Open architectures.

Yes. Partners interested in joining the MIPS Open program and becoming a certified MIPS Open verification partner have an opportunity to market and sell their services to MIPS Open licensees.

The MIPS Open initiative will benefit existing MIPS commercial licensees in a few different ways:

  • The MIPS Open community will help provide a stronger and more complete ecosystem of development tools and third-party IP solutions to accelerate a richer set of MIPS-based SoC designs.
  • MIPS Open will help Wave Computing deliver on its planned roadmap to provide a faster path to AI-IP-based SoC solutions with a full suite of AI-based third-party software offerings.
  • MIPS Open will further the proliferation of MIPS-based solutions across the spectrum of IoT to edge devices and enable a wide community innovation to drive software application growth for the MIPS ecosystem.

In addition to the above, new licensees who join MIPS Open benefit from –

  • Access to the first SoC platform to enable a non-disruptive migration path to AI at the edge.
  • Access to the most recent RISC architecture release available in the market today, which is backed by 35-years of established and robust technology innovation.
  • Reduce risk and increase investment protection by using an established platform that also helps customers future-proof designs for AI.
  • Documented and proven ISA with an established partners ecosystem

MIPS Open will benefit ecosystem partners by:

  • Furthering the stability and proliferation of the MIPS architecture
  • Significantly increasing the number of business opportunities with large numbers of MIPS Open licensees
  • Creating a host of licensing revenue generating opportunities from large SoC volumes
  • Accelerating a path to offer AI-enabled solutions while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing MIPS offerings.