For the first time in the history of modern processors, a CPU architecture will be opened up to universities: Imagination is releasing a fully open MIPS CPU to academic institutions worldwide for free. University professors, students, researchers and others members of the academic communitywill be able to see the actual RTL and study the inner workings of this elegant RISC processor – this will lead to a new wave of innovation in fields like IoT, mobile, automotive and many others.
Furthermore, this CPU has all the features (MMU, cache controllers, debug interfaces, etc.) required to run a full blown operating system (e.g. Linux). This is contrast to other university programmes where the core is usually encrypted (i.e. a black box) and can only run a simple RTOS.
You can read more about the announcement in this press release and in an article on our blog:
Some of the best universities in the world have already signed up for the programme, including Harvey Mudd College, Imperial College London, University College London, Keio University, Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and many others.
The MIPS architecture was invented by Prof. John L. Hennessy (currently president of Stanford University) and is now licensed by Imagination Technologies (http://www.imgtec.com/mips/). MIPS is also one of the three architectures supported by Google for the Android operating systems.