Archive | MIPS Processors

Wearable SoCs for fitness bands and activity trackers

      

Fitness bands and activity trackers are helping millions of consumers monitor their exercise habits and improve their  overall health. IHS Technology is projecting that fitness trackers will be worth $2.2 billion in 2014, up 22% over last year’s $1.9 billion. Designing embedded processors for fitness bands If you are targeting such a device, an M-class […]

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Get that smartphone chip out of my wearable!

      

The interest surrounding wearables has never been higher. IDC says that over 19 million wearable devices will ship by the end of 2014, a threefold increase over last year’s figure. Wearable shipments will grow by 78.4 percent annually, eventually surpassing the 100 million mark for worldwide shipments in 2018 alone. IDC also notes that wearables […]

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MIPS64: the past, present and future of 64-bit computing

     

The launch of our brand new MIPS I6400 64-bit CPU marks the beginning of a fresh chapter for 64-bit MIPS processors. This article aims to offer you an introduction to the latest version of our MIPS64 architecture (one of the three 64-bit CPU architectures supported by Android 5.0 Lollipop) while answering a few of the […]

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The incredible evolution of the MIPS architecture

     

MIPS is the shining star of the highly efficient, low power CPU design principles that have shaped the mobile and embedded industry for nearly three decades. In this article, I will try to offer you a quick overview of how the MIPS architecture evolved from its early beginnings in the Stanford University computer science labs […]

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How to reduce dynamic power by 50% for a MIPS CPU

      

Designing a CPU takes a lot skill and effort. Taking said CPU and reducing its dynamic power consumption by 50% takes a particular set of skills, skills one has acquired over a very long career. After successfully delivering the first DOK for PowerVR Rogue GPUs, Imagination and Synopsys embarked on a second project that aimed […]

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MIPS I6400, the leading 64-bit CPU revealed: coverage roundup

        

Summary: Two weeks ago we announced the brand new 64-bit MIPS I6400 CPU. Here’s what you need to know, as well as a roundup of media coverage. On September 2nd, Imagination revealed to the world the latest member of the Warrior family: the 64-bit MIPS I6400 CPU IP core. In case you missed any of […]

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Meet MIPS I6400, the CPU of choice for the 64-bit computing revolution

        

When we first introduced the breakthrough MIPS Warrior family, we promised to deliver a disruptive and comprehensive roadmap of 32 and 64-bit CPUs that incorporate new, innovative architectural features and provide best-in-class performance and efficiency for a wide range of applications. The first CPU we launched was MIPS P5600, a high-end 32-bit processor targeting ultimate […]

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New MIPS Creator CI20 development board for Linux and Android debuts

       

Features a 1.2GHz MIPS-based, dual-core Ingenic apps processor that runs Debian 7 and Android 4.4 KitKat A few weeks ago, when I first published an article titled MIPS CPUs, the perfect Linux machines, the first question I got from a lot of developers from the Linux community was: When can I get access to a […]

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Designing connected processors for consumer IoT

        

MIPS, Ensigma and FlowCloud at the heart of wearables, eHealth, home automation and other connected devices I saw an interesting comment from Rick Merritt (EE Times) on LinkedIn the other day. He was noticing how chips designed specifically for wearables are now starting to appear – and that made me realize the reach of our […]

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MIPS CPUs, the perfect Linux machines

       

When it comes to operating systems, Linux® is perhaps the world’s most popular open source OS. Linux has been running on thousands of MIPS devices that have shipped in very large volume (north of several billions of units). The MIPS ISA (MIPS32, MIPS64 and microMIPS) is fully supported in Linux, with Imagination and our licensees […]

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