New MIPSfpga program lets universities study MIPS RTL code and explore a real MIPS CPU.

MIPS-CPUImagination Technologies (IMG.L) announces a new offering as part of its Imagination University Programme (IUP) called MIPSfpga. Through MIPSfpga, Imagination aims to transform CPU architecture education in universities around the globe by offering them free and open access to a fully-validated, current generation MIPS CPU in a complete teaching package.

CPU architecture is generally taught as part of electronic engineering, computer science and computer engineering courses, and is based on MIPS or one of the other two major CPU architectures.

Until now, what’s been missing from all of these courses is access to real, un-obfuscated RTL code that will enable professors and students to study and explore a real CPU, says the company. Imagination is changing that with MIPSfpga, bringing a new CPU architecture education paradigm to universities around the world.

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