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

Imagination releases source code for Creator Ci40 dev kit

I am excited to announce that the team responsible for our Creator family of developer boards has released the source code for the GNU/Linux-based operating system powering the Ci40 as well as the full implementation of the LWM2M software stack. OpenWrt now available on GitHub When we were first evaluating our options for the operating … Read more

New Creator to run Brillo, OpenWrt and Debian on dual-core multithreading MIPS CPU [updated]

I wrote briefly last week about the revolutionary hardware inside the new Creator development board. Today I’d like to focus on another equally important topic: the software package. With the upcoming release of our IoT-focused board, we’re starting a new chapter in the Creator program – and we’re very fortunate to be working alongside truly … 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

Cavium expands MIPS64-based OCTEON III family, announces design wins at ZyXEL, Xirrus

Networking specialist Cavium has announced the release of two new OCTEON III 64-bit multicore families based on the MIPS64 architecture. The press release from Cavium mentions multiple quad-core CN72XX and 16-core CN73XX parts targeting mid-range applications (networking, security, storage devices, wireless and integrated routers, etc.) that require superior compute and packet performance. Specifications include: Best … Read more

The latest MIPS-based communications and networking processors

A few days ago somebody asked me on Twitter for a list of MIPS-based networking processors. A few hours later I went to work and produced a list of the most recent chips that use MIPS CPUs. The list below focuses on two main categories: 32-bit home networking and 64-bit enterprise communications, storage and security. … Read more