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January 23, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:32pm


By CBR Staff Writer

On the back of a new study by Semico Research Corp, Silicon Graphics Inc is claiming its MIPS processor was the leading RISC architecture by volume shipped last year. Semico says 19.2 million MIPS RISCs shipped during 1996, placed largely in consumer and embedded products, including Nintendo 64, Sony PlayStation, Philips/Sony WebTV, EchoStar Dish network satellite receiver and Philips Velo and NEC MobilePro Windows CE handhelds. MIPS-based system vendors include Tandem Computers Inc and Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG. In 1995, 5.5 million MIPS RISCs shipped, 1.7 million in 1994 and 1million in 1993. Semico numbers show that 18.5 million Hitachi Ltd SH series shipped in the same period, along with 5.5 million PowerPCs, 4 million Intel Corp i960s, 3.5 million Advanced Risc Machines ARM processors, 1 million Sun Microsystems Inc Sparcs, 0.3 million Digital Equipment Corp Alphas and 0.3 million Hewlett-Packard Co PA- RISCs.

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