As MIPS CPUs are used widely across the automotive, IT and consumer electronics industries, there are a wide range of existing development boards available for enthusiasts, students, product developers, and anyone else wanting to quickly get working with MIPS. Which board is best depends on the exact application, processing power and memory requirements, budget and much more, so please take a look below at a few suggestions from our ecosystem partners.
You can start developing for MIPS targets without the need for hardware, see simulators for more details.
Most MIPS based routers can be used as development boards. The openwrt.org website lists the router devices they support.
MIPS Development Boards
Many other MIPS based prototype and development boards are available. If you feel a MIPS based development board is missing from this selection, please discuss it with us on our developer forum.
Creator Ci40 IoT Hub
The Creator Ci40 IoT Hub is a high-performance, low-power microcomputer for developing IoT products. The Ci40 features a cXT200 chip with a dual-core, dual-threaded MIPS CPU clocked at 550MHz. An Ensigma connectivity engine has super-fast 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi and low-power Bluetooth/Bluetooth low energy (Classic and Smart).
The SEAD-3™ development board is designed to provide a low-cost means to support various MIPS cores allowing the user to evaluate the cores in an FPGA environment. The SEAD™-3 has multiple use cases including CPU core performance benchmarking, pre-silicon system software development, and SOC modeling via programming the associated Xilinx FPGAs. MIPS cores supported by SEAD-3 include M14K and microAptiv cores.
The Creator CI20 platform is a feature laden Linux and Android development system. It incorporates an Ingenic JZ4780 SoC and Imagination PowerVR SGX540 GPU. The CI20 board provides comprehensive connectivity, multimedia capabilities.
EdgeMax ERLite 3
The EdgeMax ERLite-3 from Ubiqiti Networks is based on the multi-core 64- bit MIPS architecture SoC from Cavium. This board has Linux and BSD based distributions freely available online. The OS is booted from on board USB flash storage so rapid development is straightforward.
8devices Carambola 2
A cheap embedded Linux development board based on Qualcomm Atheros AR9331 SoC, hosting a MIPS 24K processor. It runs OpenWRT and 8devices have a number of sample projects detailed on their website.
Olimex Development & Prototype Boards
The Olimex development boards host PIC 32 microcontrollers with a broad range of peripherals. Some of the range provide relays and input pins, others provide LCD and display screens.
Microchip sell a variety of development boards to cover a broad set of applications. A range of boards are available from the Microchip Direct website with a range of features including graphics, high quality audio, touchscreen, USB, ethernet and wireless networking.