The fall season is in full swing here in England but there is no cooling down for us at Imagination. Launching the Creator Ci20 microcomputer last year has been a very exciting experience – a big thanks to everyone that has helped us spread the word, it really means a lot to have your support!

Today we’re ready to announce that a brand new Creator board for the IoT market is in the works! It is called Creator Ci40 – and I speak for everyone when I say that I’m extremely proud of what the engineering team has been building in our labs!

Update 1: The Creator Ci40 dev kit is now available for purchase on Kickstarter. Click on the image below to read more about the technical specifications and how the order one.

Creator Ci40 - Kickstarter banner

For now, all I can tell you is that the brand new chip at the heart of Creator Ci40 is based on an IoT IP subsystem that has been engineered from the ground-up for the Internet of Things market.

Creator Ci40 SoC

We are preparing to release more details over the next month. If you want to learn more about our plans, follow @MIPSdev () on Twitter and bookmark the #CreatorCi40 hashtag. We will also organize multiple competitions and reveal key specifications and features of the new Creator on social media and through our dedicated website.

Creator Ci40_f2

If you want to be notified when the new Creator is available for pre-order, you can also register your interest using this form. We guarantee we won’t spam you; we’ll only send you one notification email when the pre-ordering system goes live.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my sneak peek of what’s been going on behind the scenes at Imagination. We’re extremely excited about the new Creator, and we can’t wait to tell you what we’re working on next. Powered by the most innovative CPU architecture any SoC designer could wish for, Creator Ci40 packs some leading specifications, including the same MIPS MT multithreading technology used by Mobileye inside the recently announced EyeQ4 ADAS chip.

This is just the beginning of something truly amazing.

Comments

  • Marius Cirsta

    This is very exciting stuff indeed … the only problem now is for me to think what I can use this for. I guess it also depends on what kind of hardware we’re talking about here…
    This is obviously no Arduino but will it be enough to run Linux on it ?

    • If you visit our official website

      https://community.imgtec.com/platforms/creator/new-creator/

      You will see a strategically placed image right next to the chip.

      This should give you a good hint about the operating system used (or at least the kernel)

      Regards,
      Alex.

      • Marius Cirsta

        Lol, I think I’ve seend that logo somewhere. So can you disclose what kind of hardware this board will have ? I mean RAM, flash or will that be saved for later ?
        This does indeed look pretty interesting, not intended for the same audience as the rPi at least. Also since this doesn’t have a GPU I’m hoping there’ll be no more secrets hidden in blobs ( for which the source code can always leak anyway or people can reverse them )

        • The full specs will be revealed later. And you are correct, there is no multimedia engine (no graphics and video) since this is designed to be an IoT hub for sensor processing.

          This is why I’ve said the chip has been designed specifically for IoT workloads instead of reusing off-the-shelf mobile parts that carry extra baggage.