MIPS opens Android port under Apache licenseAug 06, 2009, 19:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Why is MIPS Technologies doing this? We can look largely to its giant processor competition, Intel, which also expanded its footprint in the embedded software and device market with its $884m acquisition of Wind River in June 2009. The MIPS move is also another instance of a hardware player becoming more empowered and in control of its own destiny, devices and applications by using open source software as the vehicle (which is another big part of this market). As Linux and other open source software and development free these vendors from the OS licensing, roadmap and development constraints of proprietary software, we should expect to see more of this kind of consolidation and code."
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