MIPSfpga Half-Day Workshop at D.A.T.E Conference

16 Mar 2016
The International Congress Center (ICC) ,Dresden, Germany

Get Hands-on With A Non-obfuscated Fully-verified MIPS Core for Teaching and Projects!

 “Teaching Computer Architecture using MIPSfpga and the
Digilent Nexys 4 DDR platform with a Xilinx Artix 7 FPGA”


The Imagination University Programme is pleased to announce a deep-dive half-day workshop specifically for teachers and researchers at DATE 2016 (Design, Automation and Test in Europe) based on the new “MIPSfpga” core.

MIPSfpga is the RTL source code of the MIPS microAptiv for implementation on an FPGA. It is a member of the same family found in many embedded devices, including the popular PIC32MZ microcontroller from Microchip and Samsung’s new Artik1. MIPSfpga is the real ‘industrial’ RTL, non-obfuscated, and available freely for academic use. This workshop is part of a global programme of events to enable teachers of Computer Architecture and System-on-Chip design to harness this useful technology.

The Training materials and all instructions will be in English.


Wednesday 16th March 2016, 08:30-12:30 at ‘Seminar Room 1’ on the Seminar Level


Set-Up             07:45-08:30

Pre-Workshop Software Configuration checks (optional)

Session 1        08:30-10:15

A look inside the MIPS processor and how to synthesize the processor on to an FPGA

Hands-on: Running bare-metal code on MIPSfpga

Coffee Break   10:15-10:35

Session 2        10:35-12:20

Introduction to MIPSfpga SoC and Linux

Hands-on: Run Linux kernel + Buildroot on MIPSfpga SoC

Overview of the complete teaching package

Q&A                12:20-12:30

Additional Session

Special Themed Session:

Tuesday 15th March 2016, 11:30-13:00 at Exhibition Theatre Session ET2.8

“Revolutionising the Teaching of Computer Architecture and System on Chip Design”


This workshop is free of charge for members of academia but places are limited, so please apply for your place quickly.

  • These workshops are open to academic faculty members, with a priority for those involved directly in teaching.
  • We reserve the right to accept or refuse registrations based on our desire to enable the broadest spectrum of universities and colleges to participate.
  • Prior experience of Vivado or Codescape MIPS SDK is useful but not essential.


Please apply the workshop online here.


Please also register as “Exhibition Visitor” for the DATE 2016 Conference for access to exhibition and the exhibition Theatre sessions. This registration is for free and can be conducted online at the following link: http://www.date-conference.com/registration

The DATE conference addresses all aspects of research into technologies for electronic and embedded system engineering. It covers the design process, test, and automation tools for electronics ranging from integrated circuits to distributed embedded systems. This includes both hardware and embedded software design issues. The conference scope also includes the elaboration of design requirements and new architectures for challenging application fields such as telecoms, wireless communications, multimedia, healthcare, smart energy and automotive systems. Two Special Days in the programme will focus on two areas bringing new challenges to the system design community: “Automotive Systems” and “Secure Systems”.

Click HERE to download the full Call for Papers.

More information about the DATE conference :http://www.date-conference.com/

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