re: Eddie Edwards -- and MIPS as archaic
As DH said, MIPS is in lots of things around you.
More importantly, the MIPS architecture is the foundation of
the indigenous microprocessor industry in the People's Republic of China.
That's a huge available market.
<check out the many recent stories about the PRC's MIPS
based netbook. The PRC wants a degree of independence from
the major x86 producers. MIPS is a rational choice for an ISA
given the comparatively simpler design challenges. >