Imagination's MIPSfpga program is designed to bring a new CPU architecture education paradigm to universities around the world.
"Education, education, education" -- a simple slogan, but one that worked, and one that has contemporary implications for the electronics industry owing to the on-going shortage of newly-qualified electronics engineers, along with the concern that those new graduates are often not fully-equipped with the necessary skills to be useful to the companies that employ them.
In the area of CPU design, however, engineering students are getting a significant boost. One company has just made the unusual decision to give something to colleges and universities around the globe that will help students gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of programmable electronics.
In April this year, Imagination Technologies -- most famous for its flagship products: PowerVR and MIPS -- made a revolutionary announcement: as part of its university program, the company would start offering free and open access to a fully-validated, current-generation MIPS CPU in a complete teaching package.
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