An overview of MIPS OCI: On Chip Instrumentation for advanced debug

MIPS OCI (On Chip Instrumentation) is a new flexible, modular debug architecture from Imagination for heterogeneous computing systems integrating multiple MIPS CPUs, and systems that combine MIPS CPUs with other CPU architectures. OCI comprises of modular interoperable debug IP components that can be selected to produce an optimal debug solution tailored to the needs of … Read more

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Android APKs slim down – big is out, small is in!

When Google launched Android, it had a very apparent goal of portability. Starting with the underlying Linux kernel, all layers of Android are designed and implemented to be portable. Android runs on all three major processor architectures – MIPS, Intel and ARM. It also supports a variety of memory configurations, flash storage and graphics processors. … Read more

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Early access to Android releases: the magic of the PDK

At Google I/O 2012 in June, developers from the Android group spent a good amount of time describing the latest move forward for OEMs/silicon vendors: the Partner Development Kit (PDK). Prior to the PDK, OEMs and silicon vendors that were not involved in one of Google’s exclusive launch devices had to wait for the open … Read more

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Google I/O 2012 – Smooth like butter, with Google Now and a new Partner Development Kit (PDK)

This year marked the 5th consecutive Google I/O 2012 event –the annual gathering that Google organizes in San Francisco for developers building applications for various Google platforms, including Android and all associated Google services – maps, cloud storage, Chrome, etc. This year, 6,000 people attended from around the world. The sessions varied from in-depth technical … Read more

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Balancing the Yin and the Yang of SoC design with the new interAptiv family of cores

Performance and power/area are generally conflicting design goals and represent the Yin and Yang of SoC design.  There’s a constant push and pull with every generation of SoCs, and just when you think you’ve achieved the perfect harmony, the target moves on you! Actually, it’s rather amazing how rapidly SoC performance targets shift and how … Read more

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We love chips, but it's fun to see the end products!

While we love chips, it is always exciting and fun to attend International CES and see how engineers and the development community implement MIPS‘ processor core technology into amazing consumer products. As is the case every year, usage of MIPS-Based processors was found throughout the show – in DTVs, set-top boxes (STBs), Blu-ray players, digital … Read more

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It’s an Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, and it’s MIPS!

Something has changed in the Android world. The first example of a platform/form factor available with the latest release of Android is not an ARM-based platform. It’s MIPS-Based, and it really is the world’s first available Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, with full Android 4.0 functionality and great performance/features –all for less than $100. If … Read more

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Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s next Android delicacy, coming soon to MIPS!

Android has really fired up everyone’s appetite in the consumer electronics market: Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and now, Ice Cream Sandwich – the latest delight from the Patisserie Chez Google. Starting with the earliest Android releases on up through the Honeycomb release this past spring, all versions of Android have shipped on MIPS-based … Read more

Official Android SDK: now with full MIPS support

Beginning with Release 21 of the Android™ Software Development Kit (SDK), full MIPS CPU support is now included in Google’s standard SDK Tools and Android Development Tools (ADT) plugin for Eclipse. ARM, MIPS, and x86 devices are now equally supported. All Android developers will get tools with MIPS support, both from explicit downloads from developer.android.com … Read more

Mythbusters | The impact of Android anti-fragmentation on the processor landscape

Rumors, misinformation and speculation are spreading like wildfire across the industry today following recent reports about Android anti-fragmentation efforts and what this means for processor architecture openness. Will Google’s anti-fragmentation initiatives for Android code impact providers of microprocessor architectures such as MIPS, Intel and ARM? Does anti-fragmentation mean that Google is standardizing Android for any … Read more