In consumer electronics devices, adding a software-programmable SIMD solution in the CPU can add flexibility for emerging codecs and functions not covered by dedicated hardware. The MIPS SIMD Architecture (MSA) module adds new instructions to the MIPS architecture that enable efficient parallel processing of vector operations. The MSA is designed specifically to accelerate compute-intensive applications with generic compiler support. Find out how MIPS architects developed a simple SIMD instruction set that is programmer- and compiler-friendly, and hardware-efficient in terms of speed, area, and power consumption.