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Ensigma Series5 radio processors for high performance connectivity


Since their release, the Ensigma Series4 family of Radio Processing Units (RPUs) has been the powerhouse for high-performance connectivity standards such as 802.11ac 2×2 and 802.11n 4×4 as well as many TV and radio broadcast standards supported by Imagination. Multiple customers have licensed these RPUs to integrate more (or all) high-performance connectivity on-chip; examples include […]

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IoT - Power management architecture

Power management for IoT devices


Power management is an often overlooked yet critical area for both consumer and industrial IoT devices. In a battery powered device, optimizing dynamic as well as static power is imperative; power optimization can be addressed in three ways: Power management control IP implemented for low power Power aware software Power management control should address the […]

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Ensigma Whisper - connected processor

Optimizing Wi-Fi power consumption for IoT


A recently published article by Alan Aronoff provided an excellent introduction into the world of IoT. If you are interested in designing chips for IoT, make sure you keep following our blog because we plan to touch upon two important topics in the upcoming months: Power requirements and power management Processing and connectivity requirements Inside […]

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CISCO NDS-surfaces

Multi-screen displays and the future of television


The future of TV is being challenged. Consumers are already moving away from traditional TV to alternative methods of viewing, so will we really continue to have a large screen in our homes dedicated to the audio-visual experience that today we call television? Leading companies are re-evaluating the role of television in our home and […]

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IoT applications and data rate reqs

Processing performance requirements for IoT devices


In this article I’d like to explore some architectural considerations for the CPU and wireless connectivity performance requirements for IoT devices. This post is relevant for system designers looking to scope out the initial specifications of a next-generation IoT device while taking into account features and scalability. CPU processing performance requirements Architectural considerations for the […]

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Imagination Technologies - IoT Internet of Things

What is the Internet of Things?


The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging market trend impacting semiconductor devices, system OEMs, cloud service providers, and internet infrastructure companies. The trade press, accompanied by the types of companies mentioned above, has spilled a lot of ink on the subject, but this is typical in an emerging market with evolving requirements. For the […]

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Imagination, TSMC IP platforms - SoC IP (0)

Imagination, TSMC collaborate on a wide range of IoT subsystems


If you look at the semiconductor landscape today, the number of companies that have the ability to design advanced SoCs is shrinking rapidly. Industry consolidation/verticalization and rising manufacturing costs are creating an environment where true differentiation is difficult to achieve using generic solutions. In addition, integrating high performance CPUs, GPUs, coherent fabrics and other hardware […]

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ELVEES goes full purple: MIPS, PowerVR and Ensigma united in one vision chip


If you follow this blog closely (and I hope you do), you may have read several articles recently about the great work Imagination is doing to help silicon vendors get to market quickly. One example is the creation of IP platforms that can easily be integrated on chip. In addition, these IP platforms support customizable […]

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Ensigma Whisper - connected processor

Ensigma Whisper radio processors take on low power connectivity


Digital baseband integration has been a growing trend in wireless applications as it offers tangible benefits for system architects looking to reduce cost, form factor and power consumption. Until now, our Ensigma Explorer RPUs (radio processors) have been leading the charge in high performance baseband integration. We’ve seen several strategic design wins in the last […]

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Toshiba TZ5000 chip

Toshiba TZ5000 processors combine PowerVR, Ensigma for IoT, wearables and streaming devices


In a recent blog article, I covered a few announcements from MWC related to chips using MIPS CPUs for IoT and M2M applications, a market that is set to continue growing exponentially in the next decade. Executives at Cisco are predicting that the IoT phenomenon will be worth $19 trillion over a ten year period […]

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