Silicon Graphics blijft voorlopig nog renderdoosjes bouwen op basis van z'n MIPS processors. De bedoeling is dat deze doorontwikkeld worden tot 800MHz, dit ondanks het feit dat SGI eerder al duidelijk liet maken dat het over wil stappen op de 64-bits Intel Merced (waarvan de ontwikkeling zwaar gedelayed is). Hier wat info van EETimes:
The new microprocessors — which include an R14000 to debut next year, an R16000 for 2001 and perhaps an R18000 beyond — are fundamentally stepwise improvements, faster speed grades and process shrinks of the R10000 core, said John Mashey, SGI's chief scientist, in a separate interview from the company's offices in Mountian View, Calif. Customers approved of SGI's plans to migrate systems to Intel's IA-64 and IA-32 processors, but wanted more overlap between those systems and generations based on existing MIPS architectures, he said.
Last year when SGI spun out its MIPS processor division as a separate unit targeting embedded cores, sources at the company said SGI would not develop any MIPS CPUs for its workstation and server lines beyond the R12000, though SGI had previously stated that it planned a successor processors to the R12000 dubbed H1 and H2.