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

MIPS hardware hjackathon

Ukraine MIPS fpga hackathon proves big success

This post is by Ievgen Korotkyi, associate professor at the department of Design of Electronic Digital Equipment (DEDEC), Faculty of Electronics at the Igor Sikorsky Polytechnic Institute, Kiev, Ukraine. Ievgen is an IoT developer/consultant at IT company Infopulse. He has a PhD in Computer Science and is the founder and coordinator of the “Lampa” Open … Read more

Why partners matter in today's semiconductor industry

I still remember when I entered the world’s biggest semiconductor company by value in 1980. This was an era where not invented here was the motto for many silicon vendors. And if they didn’t invent it, they made sure to convince everyone else that it wasn’t needed. Semiconductor companies also had a habit of doing … 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