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The world’s first Android 4.0 set top box certified with Google Mobile Services – it’s MIPS!

At the recent 2013 International CES, Broadcom and Samsung announced the world’s first Android 4.0 set top box with Google Mobile Services (GMS). This first-of-its-kind device is based on—you guessed it, MIPS! While dozens of Android set-top boxes already exist in the market, Samsung’s SMT-E5015 Smart TV box is the first to pass the stringent … Read more


Imagination's MIPS architecture is coming to the universities in Russia and Ukraine

Imagination Technologies is working with our partner and licensee Microchip Technology, a leading microcontroller company, to further promote the use of the MIPS® architecture to universities in Russia and Ukraine. Microchip’s PIC32 microcontroller uses the MIPS32® M4K™ core, and development boards based on the PIC32 are ideal vehicles through which students can learn about microcontroller-based … Read more

The continuing evolution of the MIPS Instruction Set Architecture

Originally created in the early 1980s, the MIPS instruction set architecture is one of the earliest RISC architectures, and is one of the few CPU architectures in wide usage today. To maintain that heritage of usability and appropriateness for modern market segments, the architecture has continued to evolve over time. In the time since I … 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


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


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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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