MIPS Technologies’ microAptiv core family combines real-time performance and DSP functionality to provide a feature-rich, application-specific solution for microcontrollers and a wide range of embedded applications requiring more signal processing performance. This paper provides an introduction to the key features of the microAptiv cores, including a discussion on the technical advantages of the MIPS architecture and DSP extensions that benefit the development of real-time embedded system designs. The paper concludes with a look at the results microAptiv achieves when executing DSP algorithms and functions most commonly used in Digital Signal Controllers.