New MediaTek LinkIt Smart 7688 dev board puts the smart in IoT

There’s a new MIPS-based board that has started shipping from the electronics bazaar at Seed Studio: it is called LinkIt Smart 7688 and comes equipped with a MIPS-based Mediatek MT7688 chip. This Linux-based system supports 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity and is one of the industry’s lowest power consumption SoC of its kind, sporting a MIPS CPU … 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

MIPS and open source: Linux 3.18 LTS and 4.3, emulating Linux MIPS in Perl, and more

It’s been awhile since my last update in June so I thought I’d give you an overview of some interesting projects I came across in my weekly hunt for MIPS-related developments from the software world. Linux 3.18.21 LTS brings improvements for MIPS Let’s start with the Linux 4.3 kernel which received “a hearty update” at … Read more

Ingenic introduces new X Series processor for IoT devices

You might recognize Ingenic from the JZ4780 SoC powering our Creator Ci20 microcomputer or from the innovative, ultra-low power M200 chip at the heart of several recently announced smartwatches in China. More recently, Ingenic has doubled down on the IoT market, releasing several chips optimized for wearables and connected devices, including a repackaged M200S and … 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

Debian 8 comes to Creator Ci20

We’re delighted to announce that after several months of work, a Debian 8 release candidate is finally ready for the Creator Ci20 microcomputer. Shipping of the new Creator Ci20 boards will also begin next week for customers who’ve pre-ordered the board from our online stores in Europe and North America. Introducing Debian 8 for Ci20 … Read more

AngelScript 2.30.1 is out, adds support for MIPS CPUs on Linux and Android

Last week AngelScript maintainer Andreas Jonsson announced on GameDev.net that the new version of the popular scripting language (2.30.1) added support for MIPS Release 2 CPUs via the Creator CI20 microcomputer. We’ve reached out to Andreas and asked him to provide more details about his work for developers who are interested in using AngelScript for … Read more

An update on MIPS tools and OS support from Imagination

Over the past year, Imagination has been investing greatly in the MIPS ecosystem to give developers access to industry-leading tools and operating system support for our CPUs. This includes working with Oracle to bring the latest Java SE 8 support to MIPS, expanded Green Hills tools and compiler support for the entire range of MIPS … Read more