After 180 years of innovation… time to fix the home gateway

Smart home gateways reinvented for the IoT generation Monday, 12th June 1837 is a significant date in the telecommunications industry. On that day William Fothergill Cooke, along with Charles Wheatstone, a professor at King’s College London, were granted a patent for an invention that would ultimately become the basis for all digital wired communications. They … Read more

MIPS virtualization

Smart architectures for smart home gateways

How MIPS virtualization for gateways brings business benefits to operators. The “Internet of Things” promises to make everyone’s lives simpler and easier. However, the abundance of IoT devices now being introduced to our homes is already beginning to become unmanageable. IoT devices are often accompanied by an IoT hub – essentially a small gateway, whose … Read more

IoT nodes

Parallelization, virtualization, security for smart gateways and smart “things”

With billions of IoT devices being deployed and trillions of dollars at stake, it is very critical to make correct decisions when selecting the architecture of the tiny smart “thing” or the sensor edge node. This miniature connected edge sensor not only has to provide critical data but has to ensure that it is secure … Read more

OnmiShield

Micro-virtualize or die! Why SoC vendors need to listen to our webinar

On Wednesday 23rd March we will hold a webinar entitled ‘Micro-virtualize or die! Securing connected MCUs with OmniShield’. There are some that might baulk at the use of this rather hyperbolic title but we think it’s actually quite reasonable. After all, as the internet of things starts to coalesce from theory into reality and the … Read more

smart home webinar MIPS

Register for our webinar: ‘Smart architectures for smart home gateways: new challenges, new thinking’.

The smart home is a challenge. While the industry has been talking about it since the turn of the century, for the majority it’s still not a reality. A key issue is the plethora of proprietary solutions, all competing for physical real estate in the home. One possibility is evolving the home gateway into a … 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

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

High-performance Hellfire hypervisor runs on MIPS Warrior MCUs

In an article I’ve published last year, I described how our new MIPS M-class Warrior CPUs have been designed for the security-driven requirements of next-generation connected processors. One of the unique features of MIPS microcontroller-class processors is the ability to support full hardware virtualization and multiple trusted execution environments (TEEs). For example, our latest M5150 … Read more

5 reasons why MIPS M-class CPUs are ideal for IoT

In a recent editorial for the 2016 CES issue of i3 magazine, I wrote about the challenges addressing metropolitan and large urban areas, and how technology can provide some much-needed solutions to the biggest problems facing humankind today. I also talked about the role of sensors in smart cities and provided a high level overview … Read more

The MIPS architecture and virtualization

They say that history repeats itself. At the turn of the century, many in the computing industry were engaged in a fascinating debate about how multithreading and virtualization would become the next big thing in desktop PCs and servers providing a big performance boost for many high-throughput applications. Ten years later, both concepts are making … Read more