Sizing up the IoT, IoE and connected devices market

Whenever you hear analysts or companies talking about the next big thing in consumer electronics, you instantly know that the Internet of Things (IoT) is going to get at least one shout out. However, there has been a lot of debate around the actual size of the IoT market: more conservative estimates place it at … Read more

MIPS virtualization brings secure isolation to deeply embedded applications

Embedded computing is currently enjoying a rebirth thanks to a technology called virtualization. It started when Imagination became the first semiconductor IP company to introduce virtualization to microcontroller-type CPUs and then demonstrated how developers could take advantage of this feature by using a lightweight hypervisor optimized for MIPS M-class MCUs. We then showed how the … Read more

The MIPS architecture and multithreading

In a previous article I described the basic concepts of computer virtualization and how the MIPS architecture efficiently implements hardware virtualization. This article will focus on multithreading in an attempt to define what it is, and why it’s useful. A thread is a sequence of instructions. Multithreading refers to the ability of a given processor … Read more

Imagination joins the TRON Forum in Open IoT Platform initiative

When we think of the IoT market, most of us imagine a homogenized architecture where anything and everything is connected to the internet and to each other. The reality however is that the multiple IoT ecosystems emerging recently have had very different requirements, creating a fragmentation of the IoT industry that is affecting everyone in … Read more

OmniShield brings security by isolation to the automotive market

According to the latest data published by the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 1.25 million road traffic deaths globally in 2013. More than 36,000 people have lost their life in the United States due to car accidents; the numbers paint an even more unfortunate picture for China and India: both countries have registered more … Read more

Open source and virtualization provide a powerful combination for wireless routers

Back in March 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – a government agency tasked with regulating interstate communications in the United States – issued a security document that included a series of provisions related to the use of wireless devices that operate in the U-NII radio bands. In essence, the FCC wanted the manufacturers of … Read more

IoT set to revolutionize farming

It’s always great for someone working in the technology sector to see the point when a specific industry or application experiences a slowdown in marketing hype and a steady ramp up in products and solutions. One such example is the much anticipated Internet of Things or IoT market. For example, in a whitepaper just released … Read more

How to run Linux SMP in QEMU on a MIPS64 Release 6 CPU

After publishing my initial article about QEMU, many of you have sent queries about running software written for MIPS64 Release 6 CPUs (MIPS64r6) in QEMU and also about the current state of the MIPSr6 multithreading module implemented in QEMU. I decided to answer these questions in this post and turn it into a tutorial on … Read more

Four MIPS-based connected devices for the IoT revolution

MIPS CPUs power a lot of IoT devices; and thanks to the introduction of development kits such as the Creator Ci40 IoT-in-a-box concept, we are likely to see a whole new range of projects appearing soon. In this article, I focus on two consumer electronics products that represent the present and two dev boards that … Read more