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Ingenic X1000

Ingenic introduces new X Series processor for IoT devices


You might recognize Ingenic from the JZ4780 SoC powering our Creator Ci20 microcomputer or from the innovative, ultra-low power M200 chip at the heart of several recently announced smartwatches in China. More recently, Ingenic has doubled down on the IoT market, releasing several chips optimized for wearables and connected devices, including a repackaged M200S and […]

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TSMC at the 2015 Imagination Summit: optimized silicon IP for the IoT market


A few months ago, Imagination and TSMC joined forces to announce their ongoing collaboration around production of highly-optimized IP subsystems for multiple markets, including smart sensors, connected audio, video analytics, automotive, mobile and beyond. At our 2015 Imagination Summit in Taiwan, we were delighted to welcome on stage Dr. Simon Wang, Senior Director of Business […]

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Disney builds smart light bulb using MIPS-based Qualcomm Atheros SoC


If you have purchased a home automation device recently, there is a high probability that it has a MIPS-based chip inside. For example, a recent teardown of the Belkin WeMo and Ubiquiti mFi Home platforms by Ganesh T S at AnandTech revealed a Qualcomm Atheros AR9331 SoC using a very capable and area-efficient MIPS CPU. Last […]

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Microchip upgrades PIC32MZ EF family to MIPS M-class M5150 MCU


Late last evening I was very excited to see an update on the Microchip Technology website announcing that the CPU at the heart of the PIC32MZ family has been upgraded to MIPS M5150, our latest Warrior M-class processor. PIC32 is a family of high performance microcontrollers for the widest range of embedded and IoT projects. […]

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Debian 8 comes to Creator Ci20


We’re delighted to announce that after several months of work, a Debian 8 release candidate is finally ready for the Creator Ci20 microcomputer. Shipping of the new Creator Ci20 boards will also begin next week for customers who’ve pre-ordered the board from our online stores in Europe and North America. Introducing Debian 8 for Ci20 […]

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New MIPS64-based Loongson processors break performance barrier


If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you might have noticed a few recent posts focusing on past and present MIPS64 CPUs that have set new records in high performance and power efficiency: #MIPS R4000 was one of the first 64-bit microprocessors, had an eight-stage integer pipeline and ran #WindowsNT — Alexandru Voica (@alexvoica) […]

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The PowerVR Imaging Framework for Android


In my previous article about heterogeneous architectures, I identified memory bandwidth as the main bottleneck for implementing power-efficient algorithms for computer vision. Luckily, Imagination has created an innovative solution designed to address this common issue in mobile and embedded devices – and it comes in the form of the PowerVR Imaging Framework. Introducing the PowerVR […]

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Increasing performance and power efficiency in heterogeneous software


Heterogeneous architectures in embedded computing are fast becoming a reality – we indeed see many leading IP and semiconductor companies today building heterogeneous computing hardware. In the article below, I’m going to describe one typical use case for heterogeneous computing and the challenges that result from moving to a heterogeneous programming model. Running a beautification […]

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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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A primer on mobile systems used for heterogeneous computing


In the mobile and embedded market, the design constraints of electronic products can sometimes be seen as tight and contradictory: the market demands higher performance yet lower power consumption, reductions in cost but shorter time-to-market. These constraints have created a trend for more specialized hardware designs that fit a particular application; if each task is […]

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