Category: Networking


Wi-Fi today is a ubiquitous connectivity technology and is one of the pillars one which Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity rests. The problem, however, is that Wi-Fi has traditionally been a power hungry technology. Imagination’s Ensigma Whisper low-power Wi-Fi IP has been architected from the ground-up to provide an ultra-low power solution that’s ideal for IoT and other battery operated … Continued

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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 sole purpose is to act … Continued

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Last year we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the MIPS CPU architecture, recognising its strong legacy since its introduction in 1986. In this post, however, we are celebrating the fact that it’s now over a decade since the introduction of one of the specific features inside MIPS – something that sets it apart from the competition – hardware multi-threading. Multi-threading … Continued

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As 4G (LTE Advanced, LTE Advanced Pro along with LTE Classic) continues to penetrate and replace legacy networks, there seems to be an urgency to demonstrate a version of 5G at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and an enhanced version at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The mobile operators will be busy preparing for a roll-out of trial 5G … Continued

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At Imagination, making the best use of the hardware resources available is a guiding principle of our design thinking. Our graphics processors are famous for their tile-based deferred rendering architecture, which ensures that they don’t waste time rendering pixels that don’t appear on screen. In a similar vein, ensuring the optimal use of hardware was one of the reasons why … Continued

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In this post, we will explore how the heterogeneous design of the MIPS Warrior I-class I6500 CPU processor, delivers significant benefits in terms of performance and low power consumption. High-performance processors typically employ techniques such as deep, multi-issue pipelines, branch prediction and out-of-order processing to maximise performance, but this can have consequences for power efficiency. If some of these tasks … Continued

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There is an ever-increasing demand for more functionality and complexity to be added to wireless access points. To address these requirements, systems designers must rely on hardware implemented features like dedicated programmable classification, hardware-based queuing and QoS with inter-layer optimization; these provide superior performance versus software-based implementations and also provide tight latency bounds in serving low power clients. In this … Continued

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Policy frameworks usually can vary broadly from one system vendor to the next, from a no-rules approach to performing deep packet inspection-based classification. However, all policies need to be based on Mobility policies per user ID Applications like SIP, H.323, Skype, MSN Messenger AP and station location Port’s subnet SSID of the wireless network It is also essential that the … Continued

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