What an extended, unusual journey it’s been. MIPS Applied sciences not designs MIPS processors. As a substitute, it’s joined the RISC-V camp, abandoning its eponymous structure for one which has robust historic and technical ties. The transfer apparently heralds the top of the street for MIPS as a CPU household, and an extra (slight) diminution within the number of processors obtainable. It’s the ultimate arc of an structure.
Apparently, MIPS and RISC-V share an architect in Dave Patterson, and MIPS might be seen as an ancestor of RISC-V.