MIPS has only had a slight amount of traction in smartphones and tablets given that its best friend is Ainovo. It might get a better footing in an ARM-dominated world with a new range of processors in the Aptiv line. The highest-end chip of the bunch, the ProAptiv, is reportedly much smaller than its ARM opponents across the aisle while managing the same speed, goosing the floating-point math, memory addressing and multi-core support to where it’s as much as 75 percent faster over the previous generation. That’s good news for mobile devices and set-top boxes where space is tight. MIPS isn’t leaving embedded gear like 4G LTE modems alone, either, as the mid-size InterAptiv and tiny MicroAptiv are getting similar improvements. If you’re eager to get cracking on a processor of your own, you can license MIPS’ new work right away — and us plebeians who simply buy the devices can expect Aptiv to be ready for gadget use by the middle of the year.
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