Open source and virtualization provide a powerful combination for wireless routers

Back in March 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – a government agency tasked with regulating interstate communications in the United States – issued a security document that included a series of provisions related to the use of wireless devices that operate in the U-NII radio bands. In essence, the FCC wanted the manufacturers of … Read more

IoT set to revolutionize farming

It’s always great for someone working in the technology sector to see the point when a specific industry or application experiences a slowdown in marketing hype and a steady ramp up in products and solutions. One such example is the much anticipated Internet of Things or IoT market. For example, in a whitepaper just released … Read more

Four MIPS-based connected devices for the IoT revolution

MIPS CPUs power a lot of IoT devices; and thanks to the introduction of development kits such as the Creator Ci40 IoT-in-a-box concept, we are likely to see a whole new range of projects appearing soon. In this article, I focus on two consumer electronics products that represent the present and two dev boards that … Read more

These five MIPS-based devices from China are simply amazing

I asked my colleagues based in our offices in China to tell me about their favorite MIPS-based devices. From wearables to connected speakers and robots, these are five of the gadgets they recommended, presented in no particular order. CoWatch smartwatch CoWatch is the world’s first smartwatch to integrate Amazon’s Alexa voice-recognition services for the smart … Read more

A new architecture for consumer IoT applications

If you’ve been following the wireless industry for some time (like yours truly), you might have noticed that a lot of the marketing effort behind launching a new connectivity standard is spent on the speeds and feeds – basically explaining how fast it will go. Certainly, that has a place and I think it’s a … Read more

Can it run BSD? The story of a MIPS-based PIC32 microcontroller

When someone brings up the topic of open source software, many think of the GNU/Linux operating system and the vast community of developers formed around it. However, there are several other active open source software projects that deserve equal attention; one example is the BSD operating system – a group of popular Unix-like operating systems … Read more

Disney builds smart light bulb using MIPS-based Qualcomm Atheros SoC

If you have purchased a home automation device recently, there is a high probability that it has a MIPS-based chip inside. For example, a recent teardown of the Belkin WeMo and Ubiquiti mFi Home platforms by Ganesh T S at AnandTech revealed a Qualcomm Atheros AR9331 SoC using a very capable and area-efficient MIPS CPU. Last … Read more