I haven’t seen any MIPS systems which compete with ARM’s latest Cortex designs on speed.
The breakthrough here seems to be around getting Google’s Android OS to run on MIPS processors. Because Android apps are interpreted through a virtual machine, they may not have to be re-coded for the different processor architecture.
ARM becoming a smartphone powerhouse and MIPS running a lot of cable boxes.
any electronic device that requires a central microprocessor can use a MIPS or ARM product.
At last count, ARM had 35 licensees including IBM Microelectronics, a division of IBM (IBM), Intel Corp. (INTC), Lucent and NEC Technologies versus eight major licensees for MIPS chip designs.
“By becoming an industry standard, an IP company (like MIPS and ARM) can charge a lot of royalty,”