MIPSfpga Half-Day Workshop at EWME Conference

11 May - 13 May 2016
Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton

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 EWME 2016 (European Workshop on Microelectronics Education) 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.


Thursday 12th May 2016, 08:30-12:30 at Grand Harbour Hotel


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

We are also presenting a MIPSfpga relevant paper at the same day.
Name of paper: “MIPSfpga: Hands-On Learning on a Commercial Soft-Core”:


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 by emailing ewme2016info@ecs.soton.ac.uk.

Note: Please also register for the EWME 2016. This registration can be conducted online at the following link: http://store.southampton.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=94&prodid=354

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