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Imagination seeks to resurrect MIPS in the spotlight

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MIPS? Imagination? processor? ARM?

MIPS for automotive?

I'm the first to admit that I've known little about where MIPS is going on the automotive market. Nonetheless, Imagination is bullish about potential opportunities for Imagination's IP blocks in automotive. Shown below is how its IP offerings could potentially fit in automotiveeverything from sensors/connectivity to safety critical apps and infotainment and navigation platforms.

Thus far, Renesas and Texas Instruments are the giants using Imagination's PowerVR GPUs for the chips in their in-vehicle infotainment clusters. How that might propagate into other parts of in-vehicle devices remains largely unknown.

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Mapping out Imagination's IPs for automotive. Source: Imagination Technologies

MIPS in wearable devices

Even those industry analysts most pessimistic about MIPS's chances in the mobile world are more hopeful for MIPS in the wearable device market.


Linley Gwennap, principle analyst of The Linley Group, tells us, "The combination of IP that Imagination offers, particularly with the Bluetooth block that ARM lacks, is well suited to wearable devices... For these wearables as well as for many digital-home (e.g., set-top box, Blu-ray) devices, apps are not important because the device generally ships with all of its software."

Imagination has been proactive in building an enabling infrastructure for IoT device vendors. Earlier this year, the company rolled out an application-independent platform called FlowCloud, designed to enable fast construction and management of machine-to-machine and man-to-machine connected services.

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Source: Imagination Technologies

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