Imagine There's No MIPS

It's the circle of life. The great wheel of existence. One door closes; another opens. The end of a chapter, the beginning of another. Pick your favorite metaphor—MIPS Technologies has been packed up and sold.

That’s actually pretty good news for MIPS’s 160-some employees, but it still feels like the end of an era to me. One of the darlings of the RISC computer era, and an innovator in computers, microprocessors, and business models, is now just a division within the larger company of Imagination Technologies.

For what it’s worth, the top two RISC architectures, ARM and MIPS, are now both in British hands. There is a certain symmetry to that, since much of today’s computer science was concocted at British universities in the first place. Maybe they finally got tired of lending all their technology to the Colonies.