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Imagination takes on ARM and x86 with free MIPS CPU access

UK processor designer Imagination Technologies is offering a free and open access complete MIPS CPU to universities. While this initiative is positioned as a boost to computing and electronic engineering studies, it could also serve to boost the adoption of MIPS architecture as it battles giant rival microarchitectures ARM and Intel’s x86.

Android 4 closes on x86 architecture

A swathe of devices such as tablets and netbooks based on the x86 architecture are set to run Android 4 (Ice cream sandwich) from 2012, after developers successfully ported the operating system to the processor architecture.

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