Prpl Foundation

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The prpl Foundation is a non-profit computer industry association started by Imagination Technologies and others to encourage use of the MIPS architecture (and “open to others”), through the promotion of standards and open source solutions,[1] with a particular focus on equipment for data centers, networking, and devices for the Internet of Things.[2][3]

The Foundation manages projects in specific topic areas via “PEGs” (prpl Engineer Groups), including groups focused on processor emulation (QEMU),[4] carrier-grade networking (prplwrt, based on OpenWRT),[5] and virtualization and security.[6][7] The organization also collects and disseminates information of interest to its members, including patterns in consumer use of smart devices and security issues.[8][9] In 2016 the organization released a study, "The prpl Foundation Smart Home Security Report".[10] The group also finds and reports security issues in smart devices.[11]

Members of prpl include: Broadcom, Cavium, Ikanos, Imagination Technologies, Ineda Systems, Ingenic Semiconductor, Lantiq, Nevales Networks, PMC-Sierra[disambiguation needed], and Qualcomm.[12] The security PEG includes several of the above, as well as CUPP Computing, Elliptic Technologies, Imperas Software, Kernkonzept, and Seltech.[6]


  1. ^ "Security Improvements Ahead". Semiengineering, November 10th, 2015 - By: Ed Sperling
  2. ^ Burt, Jeffrey (23 May 2014). "MIPS Open-Source Group Takes Aim at ARM, Intel". Quinstreet Enterprise. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Vulnerability In Philips Hue Lightbulbs". Information Security Buzz. November 11, 2016
  4. ^ "How virtualization, modern silicon, and open source are conspiring to secure the Internet of Things". IoT Design, January 28th, 2016. Brandon Lewis
  5. ^ Turley, Jim (24 September 2014). "Prpl With Envy". techfocus media, inc. EE Journal. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  6. ^ a b Bernstein, Peter (23 March 2015). "prpl Foundation Forms Security Working Group for Multi-domain Virtualization-based Security". TechZone360. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  7. ^ "The first open source hypervisor for the Internet of Things is unveiled". IoT Tech, 14 July 2016
  8. ^ "Routers Branded 'Achilles Heel' of Home and Small Biz Security". Phil Muncaster
  9. ^ "Security trumps ease-of-use for smart-home consumers as market reaches critical mass". IFSEC Global, September 26, 2016 Adam Bannister
  10. ^ "Smart homes rising, their security not so much". IT Pro Portal, By Sead Fadilpašić September 21, 2016
  11. ^ "Security Concerns as Amazon Prepares for UK Drone Deliveries". Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine, 26 Jul 2016
  12. ^ "Chip firms form prpl foundation to keep MIPS architecture in the pink". Gigacom, Stacey Higginbotham May 22, 2014

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