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Overview

The versatile offspring of an extended family of multiple chip companies, today's MIPS chips are everywhere. They power everything from video games, network routers, laser printers, and set-top boxes, to high-performance workstations. This book brings together this extraordinary proliferation of form and functionality, offering embedded systems programmers and designers unique, eminently practical insights into MIPS. It covers how MIPS started, the principles at the root of the RISC revolution, the full details of the MIPS instruction set, and how these details together constitute a full operating system ready to be put to work in hundreds of ways.

The versatile offspring of an extended family of multiple chip companies, today's MIPS chips are everywhere. They power everything from videogames, network routers, laser printers, set-top boxes, and high-performance workstations. This book brings together this extraordinary proliferation of form and functionality, offering embedded systems programmers and designers unique, eminently practical insights into MIPS. It covers how MIPS started, the principles at the root of the RISC revolution, the full details of the MIPS instruction set, and how these details together constitute a full operating system ready to be put to work in hundreds of ways.

If you're programming embedded systems and need to understand the chips at the deepest level, or even if you're just curious, you're sure to find what you need in this book. It's all here, from the nuts and bolts of a programming reference to the big picture that only a true expert can deliver. So buy the book. Take it home. Step inside. And see MIPS run. Written by an independent consultant whose business is understanding MIPS architecture and embedded systems programming.

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This book is a worhtwhile read for anyone interested in Linux on MIPS processors or even MIPS and RISC architecture in general.- James Mohr, Linux Magazine, April 2007
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Meet the Author

Dominic Sweetman is a member of the last generation of programmers who could reasonably hope to understand computer systems from bottom to top. His rich career began with low-level coding, progressing from OS development to LANs to distributed systems. Dominic is an experienced designer and developer of hardware systems, CPUs, networks, and operating systems. He was a founder member of Whitechapel Workstations, and in 1988 founded Algorithmics, a MIPS consulting firm of which he is the director. Dominic lives with his partner, two grown-up children and three cats in north London.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Ch. 1 RISCs and MIPS
Ch. 2 MIPS Architecture
Ch. 3 Coprocessor 0: MIPS Processor Control
Ch. 4 Caches for MIPS
Ch. 5 Exceptions, Interrupts, and Initialization
Ch. 6 Memory Management and the TLB
Ch. 7 Floating-Point Support
Ch. 8 Complete Guide to the MIPS Instruction Set
Ch. 9 Assembler Language Programming
Ch. 10 C Programming on MIPS
Ch. 11 Portability Considerations and C Code
Ch. 12 Software Examples
App. A Instruction Timing and Optimization
App. B Assembler Language Syntax
App. C Object Code
App. D Evolving MIPS
MIPS Glossary
References
Index
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