charlie5: mips was one of the first risc designs, created at standford by henessey and a few others. for their hw design course book really. then spun off into it's own company, mips, inc. then sgi bought em as they were using mips in workstations. sold mips, sgi went under, imgtec now owns mips. they just need to catch up to arm.
really what they need to do is get electronics places selling mips mcus and mpu's of various sizes.
only ones you can get are mcu's from microchip