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MIPS gets the gold in the Jelly Bean olympics

Two weeks ago, MIPS and our partner, Karbonn, announced the commercial availability of an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet. It was in fact the first 3rd party Jelly Bean tablet offered for sale in the world.  To be clear, MIPS-Based Karbonn Smart Tab 1 was the first Android 4.1 tablet beyond Google’s Nexus 7 in … 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

Android: The path to unification is here

During my keynote presentation at COMPUTEX Mobile Forum in Taipei the week before last, I spoke about application development on Android today. In contrast to the often negative portrayals of today’s Android apps development landscape, I wanted to offer a more positive point of view, highlighting the significant progress that has been made towards unification. … Read more

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Real-time in no time: how multithreading and intelligent scheduling can work together.

Fresh from ECN we have an article by Paul Evans on Real-time apps using multi-threads describing how hardware multithreading proves to be a more effective solution to traditional CPUs by  delivering real time response while taking into account the three key elements for consumer electronics: low power, low cost and small silicon area. Having a … 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

77% of engineers feel pressure to reduce power consumption in their designs

MIPS recently commissioned a survey to determine the top concerns among design engineers. The survey was performed by the independent technology marketing firm McClenahan Bruer Communications, which queried 110 engineers culled from a reputable, third-party database. The survey was one of the many pieces of supporting research for the May 10th launch of our new … Read more

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MIPS delivers keynote at Android Day 2012

On the heels of Google’s inclusion of the MIPS architecture in Release 8 of the Android NDK, MIPS presented a keynote speech at the Android Day 2012 – Link All Together event, held on May 2nd and 3rd in Taipei. Perfect timing! Several hundred people gathered at the conference to discuss current Android trends and … Read more

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A giant leap for the Android ecosystem

On May 1, Google released an update to its Android NDK (Native Development Kit) that allows for the creation of native apps that run on MIPS-Based devices. This is a big deal for the Android ecosystem. Google took notice of the millions of MIPS-Based Android devices and took action to include support for the MIPS … Read more

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MWC 2012: If you build it, they will come

Mobile World Congress (MWC 2012) in Barcelona delivers not only the latest in mobile technology, but a carnival-like atmosphere—flashy announcements, colorful displays and elaborate fanfare. The show’s gaudiness is matched only by the Catalan capital itself. But if you remove all the hoopla, the vast majority of attendees have a common goal. Just about everyone … Read more