Wave Computing Released its First Open Source MIPS Code

By on April 18, 2019
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Wave Computing aims to accelerate innovation for next-generation system on chip designs. The company acquired the MIPS chip business from Imagination Technologies in June and last month they announced a MIPS Open Initiative to reinvigorate MIPS development by offering access to the most recent 32- and 64-bit MIPS ISA versions free of charge with no licensing or royalty fees, just like RISC-V.

Freely available code will include 32- and 64-bit MIPS ISAs (Release 6), as well as MIPS SIMD Extensions, MIPS DSP Extensions, MIPS Multi-Threading, MIPS MCU, microMIPS Architecture, and MIPS Virtualization.

“Specific components of the first MIPS Open program release include:

  • MIPS ISA – A downloadable copy of the latest R6 version of the MIPS 32-and-64-bit architecture, including extensions such as virtualization, multi-threading, SIMD, DSP and microMIPS code compression;

  • MIPS Open Tools– Integrated development environment for embedded real-time operating systems and Linux-based systems for embedded products that enable developers to build, debug and deploy applications on MIPS-based hardware and software platforms;

  • MIPS Open Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)– A complete training program for community members that includes:

    • Getting Started Package– Provides the MIPS FPGA system as a set of Verilog files, plus an overview and instructions on how to use the MIPS FPGA system;

    • Labs– Includes 25 hands-on labs that help developers explore the MIPS architecture and system-level designs;

    • SoC Tutorials– Step-by-step direction on how to build a system-on-chip design based on the MIPS Open FPGA using an open source Linux operating system;

    • RTL Code for the MIPS microAptiv core – Sample (non-commercial) code enables developers to explore microarchitecture features.”

The initial MIPS Open releases are available now for free download. More information is available in the MIPS Open release announcement.

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