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

It’s all academic: how Imagination’s university programme empowers academia.

First unveiled by John Hennessy at Standford in the 1980s, last year the MIPS CPU architecture celebrated 30 years since its first introduction. ‘Clean’ and ‘elegant’ are words that are often used to describe the Reduced Instruction Set architecture of the MIPS processor and this makes it a great starting place for anyone that wants … Read more

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Imagination University Programme sees European success!

The first two months of the year were very busy for the Imagination University Programme! Partnering with Microchip and Digilent, we successfully held workshops in Europe as part of two themed tutorial series open to academics – The Connected Microcontroller (MCU) Lab and the Workshops for MIPSfpga. What are these workshops about? The Connected Microcontroller (MCU) … 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