MIPS: response on speculative execution and side channel vulnerabilities

Updated January 18, 2018 The cache side channel vulnerabilities disclosed by security researchers recently have garnered much attention across the processor world.  Here is information on the susceptibility of MIPS processor implementations to these techniques. Scope Given the extensive history of the MIPS architecture and breadth of usage across the industry, there are many varieties … Read more

MIPSfpga 2.0: the CPU architecture course that’s different from the rest

Many students of computer architecture study it at the theoretical level of data paths, control structures, and memory systems. But how these all fit together is often left to the imagination. The MIPSfpga course changes that. The MIPSfpga is the first unobfuscated, commercial softcore CPU that has been made available to all academics. With MIPSfpga, … Read more

Imagination’s Keno Mario-Ghae bags ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ award

At the recent NMI Awards, held at the Thursday, 17 November 2016 at the Hilton Bankside Hotel, London, Imagination’s Keno Mario-Ghae, came away as the proud recipient of the ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ award. The National Microelectronics Institute is a body that looks to connect people across the UK and Ireland’s electronics industry to strengthen … Read more

Imagination joins the IoT Security Foundation

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the official launch of the IoT Security Foundation. Held on the top floor of the Digital Catapult building in central London, this event included speakers from Beecham Research, NMI, Copper Horse, and Imagination Technologies. Robin Duke-Woolley, CEO of Beecham Research, set the scene by introducing the IoT … Read more

MIPSfpga programme opens up the MIPS architecture to universities worldwide

Please please please don’t obfuscate it! said a famous professor when I mentioned the outline of MIPSfpga, an exciting project part of the Imagination University Programme (IUP) I was working on at the time. The journey from IP to real hardware I’m a hardware guy by background. For me a tool is a solid object, … Read more

Introducing IUP, the Imagination University Programme

Having managed several university programmes for some of the world’s leading semiconductor companies, I have found that there are three reasons why companies should engage with academia: Recruitment – to find people Research – to discover new ideas Marketing – to influence the broader market It’s this last topic – Marketing – that mystifies most … Read more

Imagination at MWC 2015: press coverage round-up

While my colleagues were basking in the Californian sun attending GDC in San Francisco, I was busy running from one meeting to the next at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It was an impressive run for Imagination – we scheduled over 50 briefings with press and analysts from all over the world. For … Read more

Hossein Yassaie, CEO of Imagination

Stanford University President John Hennessy and Imagination CEO Hossein Yassaie talk about MIPS and the future of computing

Back to the future (of mobile computing) In 1984, a group of close friends (John Hennessy, John Moussouris and Edward “Skip” Stritter) founded a new company called MIPS Computer Systems. Back then minicomputers (‘mini’ had a wide definition at the time) were establishing themselves against mainframe workstation dominance. The IBM PC and Apple II/III computers … Read more