[citation][nom]wildwell[/nom]Exactly. We understand companies can manufacture electronics for less $$ but I want to know if this is going to compromise performance on anything.[/citation]
"The new microMIPS ISA maintains 98 percent of MIPS32 performance while reducing code size by 35 percent"
It will bring only a very tiny drop in current performance but that's not what this is about. The fact it can deal with 32-bit logic in a 16-bit space means less die-space used. This results in lower heat emissions and a lower TDP. Perhaps the scalability is similar and the ability to get similar results from 64-bit computations on a 32-bit size yielding the same output frequency at ~98% efficiency... going back to the heat and TDP, it could allow for a vast increase in clockspeeds?