Firefox OS now running on a MIPS-based reference tablet

Over 7 billion people call Earth home but only about a third own a mobile device. This means there is vast potential for companies to innovate and bring the exciting mobile web experience to new consumers, especially in fast-growing markets such as South America, South-East Asia, Eastern Europe and many others. Imagination plays a vital … Read more

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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

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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

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The brand new Ingenic JZ4780 SoC with PowerVR Series5 graphics makes an appearance at CES 2013

This is an exciting time for us here at Imagination. Over the past few months there have been a series of announcements from our silicon and OEM partners who have released multiple computing platforms incorporating our PowerVR Series5 and Series5XT graphics solutions. Some of the most recent products we’ve seen have been coming out of … 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

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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