When we introduced Creator Ci20 two weeks ago in London, we had several demonstrations on display showing the full capabilities of the board in terms of performance and power consumption.

Today we will be showing you a selection of these demonstrations that focus on three areas: gaming, multimedia streaming and web browsing. For those who want to skip between different demos, I’ve put timestamps and markers for every relevant section of the video.

20141212_155158Introducing the new Creator Ci20 microcomputer

Our setup rig includes one Creator Ci20 microcomputer, two Jongo S3x wireless speakers from Pure, one power meter courtesy of Hardkernel, a 1080p HDMI-equipped monitor, a USB keyboard and mouse, and a custom-designed Android robot keeping us company.

While watching the videos keep an eye on the power meter too; no matter what gets thrown at it, Creator Ci20 rarely pushes more than 2.5W!

MIPS Creator CI20 - test rigCreator Ci20 running Android 4.4 KitKat

Gaming, music streaming and web browsing in Android

The first series of demos are running on a Creator Ci20 development board powered by Android 4.4 KitKat. In the video below, you can see the board driving the most recent version of Android based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project). Transitions between UI elements are smooth, and the board delivers very good performance; downloading and sideloading apps over Wi-Fi or Ethernet is also easy (more on that in a later post).

The first app to launch is Gods Rush (0:22), an addictive strategy game published by IGG.COM.

Another demonstration is based around the Jongo X Series wireless speakers and Connect music streaming app from Pure. The video shows how users can quickly set up their own virtual jukebox (2:14), using the app to browse through an impressive catalog of albums and controlling playback via Wi-Fi (notice how the orange button on the front of the speaker turns green when streaming begins).

After closing Pure Connect, we launch the standard Android web browser and navigate to our official YouTube channel (4:22), playing a 720p video of our SoftKitty demo.

The last app on the list is Geekbench 3 (6:39), where Creator Ci20 manages to score 310 in the multicore category (517 for integer workloads and 210 for floating point tests). You can find more user-submitted Geekbench results here.

Creator Ci20 running Debian: OpenGL 2.1 rendering, benchmarks

Next up we have several demos running under Debian 7; the first app is Chromium B.S.U. (0:16), a fast-paced arcade shooter. After doing some web browsing (1:52), we launch OpenArena (2:53) while the web browser is left running several tabs in the background. The board then boots HardInfo (5:00), a system information and benchmarking tool that displays information about your hardware and operating system and performs several CPU-intensive benchmarks.

Finally, the board can be seen launching Shader Views (5:53), an in-house demo from our PowerVR team that features OpenGL ES 2.0 shader-intensive effects rendered at 1080p resolution. Shader Views runs smoothly and consumes about 2.4 watts – a fraction of a full desktop PC and significantly less than similar development boards.

Purple Android robot giveaway!

I hope this article has offered a glimpse of the potential that Creator Ci20 has to spur innovation. We are eager to see more of you in the maker community, indie developers or hobbyists sharing your projects – if you already have a Creator Ci20 board, post your photos or videos on Twitter (#MIPSdev).

For a chance to win one of the purple Android robots sitting on the Jongo speakers, fill in the Rafflecopter giveaway below and share this post on Twitter; we will select ten lucky winners early next week.
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You can also pre-order your own Creator Ci20 microcomputer by clicking on the button below:

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Tune in next time to see Creator Ci20 tackle some extensive benchmarking across Android and Linux. Make sure you also follow us on Twitter (@ImaginationPR, @MIPSGuru, @MIPSdev) for the latest news and updates on Creator Ci20, including new applications, software updates and many more.


  • Joey Sambucca

    Hi Alex,

    Very nice post. Have you heard of the GCW-Zero/Dingoo? They are both Ingenics JZ47xx based handheld open source gaming consoles that run on an embedded linux distribution called OpenDingux. The community is very active in releasing games and mods; maybe you should drop by the dingoonity forums and say hi & introduce yourself sometime!

  • Gennaro Capuozzo

    Just for a personal curiosity, I’ve just run Geekbench 3 on a couple of devices I own which should be equipped with a comparable hardware. On my MINIX NEO X5, RockChip rk3066 (dual core @1.6GHz) it scored 493 (SC) and 875 (MC). On my old cellular phone equipped by a MediaTek MT6577 (dual core @1.0GHz) it scored 304 (SC) and 512 (MC).
    That is, respectively, about 3x and 2x the performances given by the CI20.
    Perhaps, its major strength is to be found in the low power consumption.
    I’m wondering if flashing Android 4.4 is still a good idea…

    • I wouldn’t compare the Ingenic chip with Cortex-A9 CPUs; it’s performance is closer to a Cortex-A5. But you’re right, the low(er) power consumption is one of its USPs.

      If you flash Android and are not happy with it, you can easily restore it to its original Debian state.


      • erik

        could you state here more easily readable the power consumption for destop use debian or android4.4 and or also music streaming debian and android. overall on average debian is 2.4 w and android 1.9 W is it ?

        • I would say they are more or less the same. It usually peaks around 2.8 W if you’re running really demanding tasks (i.e. a system benchmark) and 2.2 W for normal usage (i.e. gaming, video streaming, etc.).

          If you’re cranking everything up to full speed (processor, Ethernet/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, SD card, USB, all I/Os, etc) then you probably max out at around 800 mA (~4 W).

          My colleagues have done some more detailed measurements and you can find their results here:

  • Siva Kumar

    Help me how to install the file explorer