The Creator Ci20 microcomputer made quite a splash at its original launch in December, impressing reviewers with good specifications and an affordable price tag. The development board has been widely popular with the maker community, being already used in several home automation and IoT projects.

Creator Ci20 was also recently featured in a CES 2015 article from The Tech Report – the editors were amazed to see it running the Quake 3 game engine at 1080p while sipping less than 2.5 watts of power.

The wait is over: Creator Ci20 is finally here

Today we are announcing that Creator Ci20 is now shipping to developers from Europe and North America (full list of countries here) who’ve pre-ordered the microcomputer since launch.

For those unfamiliar with the development board, Creator Ci20 sports an Ingenic JZ4780 application processor which packs a dual-core 1.2 GHz MIPS-based CPU, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU and a H.264-capable video decoder. Storage specs include 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of flash (we’ve added 4 GB more for all your multimedia needs) and an SD card slot for additional memory.

Connectivity options consist of Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0. A full-size HDMI port allows you to hook up a 1080p screen, while Debian 7 keeps things running on the software side; users can also install other versions of Linux or Android 4.4 KitKat.

Unboxing and quick hands-on

We recently received some samples in our office last week and the first thing we did was to take out our cameras and snap some photos; several pictures of the final retail package can be found below.

Creator CI20 (purple)We’ve made Creator Ci20 purple!

The box contains a (very purple) Creator Ci20 development board, a power cable and a basic user manual containing a summary of the spec sheet.

Creator CI20 - board and package (3) The complete retail package, including the microcomputer and the power cable

I’ve also compiled a short hands-on review of the board, covering gaming, web browsing and a few other multimedia apps under Linux and Android; you can find the videos here and here.

Get your Creator Ci20 now for $65/£50

For more information on how to purchase Creator Ci20 , head over to our international store or follow www.imgtec.com/creator to visit our dedicated product page.

Creator Ci20 is the ideal board for developers looking for that perfect mix of good performance at ultra-low power (and a reasonable price tag of $65/£50). If you’ve already received your Creator Ci20 development board, share your unboxing videos or photos on Twitter using the #CreatorCi20 hashtag.

Make sure you also follow us on Twitter (@ImaginationTech, @MIPSdev, @PowerVRInsider) for the latest news and announcements from Imagination.

Comments

  • Sebastian Schaetz

    Does this board run OpenCL code?

    • The initial PowerVR SGX GPUs (Series5) were not really designed for GPU compute although they support OpenCL; the new Rogue architecure is better suited for that.

      What would you use OpenCL for? We could perhaps consider releasing an experimental driver if you really need it for your project.

      • Sebastian Schaetz

        Hi Alexandru, thanks for your prompt response! I develop a C++ GPU programming library [0] and am always looking for inexpensive boards that I can use to test my library with. I currently test with the ODROID-XU3 board.

        If the GPU is not really designed for GPGPU I guess it does not make a lot of sense to have OpenCL drivers. Then again the more devices capable of actually running OpenCL the better.

        Are there/will there be dev-boards with Rogue architecture chips?

        [0] https://github.com/sschaetz/aura

  • Virat Kohli

    Can’t wait to see a range of these going up to Rogues + Warrior cores, any chances in 2015?

    • We hope to keep growing Creator and add more members as soon as we can.

      However, there is a certain amount of bring-up involved with any product running a complex OS like Linux or Android.

  • Nikos Oikonomopoulos

    Is there an enclosure for the Creator CI20?

    • We’re planning on creating one using a 3D printer and releasing the STL file online.

  • David Cohen

    Its gonna be a tough sell now that theyve released the rbpi 2… Quad core Cortex A7 @ 900mHz + NEON + 1G ram + Open source GPU(VideoCore 4)

    • Hi David,

      We have always promoted Creator as an alternative to existing solutions and a great entry-level platform for MIPS + PowerVR development.

      Regards,
      Alex.

  • Zamir SUN

    How can guys in China buy this board? Will any of the current shop starting to support shipment to China soon?

    • We are trying to get the board certified in China. Hopefully we will make an announcement soon.

      • Zamir SUN

        Hi, any updates on this? I really hops to get such a powerful MIPS board for my project as soon as possible.