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This is the first in a short series of posts about our recent collaboration with Chukong Technologies on the Cocos2d-x game engine. In my first article I will offer you a short overview of our analysis and optimization process for Cocos2d-x based graphics demo called Fantasy Warrior 3D. What is Cocos2d-x? Cocos2d-x is a suite of open-source, cross-platform game development … Continued

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A decade before IBM launched the world’s first smartphone, a team of Stanford University researchers and Silicon Valley veterans came together to design a microprocessor architecture that would forever change the landscape of computing. The year was 1986 and the newly-formed company was MIPS Computer Systems Inc. – a small start-up led by current-day Stanford University president John L. Hennessy. … Continued

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The International CES has quickly become the home of the smart home. A quick stroll through the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center will reveal dozens of companies – big and small – looking to introduce connected solutions for consumer or industrial IoT applications. Many of these devices integrate energy-efficient MIPS CPUs, whether they’re affordable Wi-Fi chips for smart … Continued

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Graphics on mobile devices have seen an incredible evolution in the last decade. Imagination revolutionized the handheld industry in 2001 by launching a family of PowerVR GPUs designed for the very first wave of smartphones. Since then, we’ve set the standard for ultimate performance and energy efficiency with every release of the PowerVR graphics architecture. About two years ago, a … Continued

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About a month before CES 2015 I wrote an in-depth blog article about our PowerVR Series7XT GPUs, presenting the industry-leading performance efficiency gains made since Series6XT and giving an overview of their desktop-class features. Today I’m very excited to announce GT7200 Plus and GT7400 Plus, two new GPUs that represent the next evolution of our Rogue architecture. These new graphics … Continued

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At the IoT Design Conference and Exhibition in London last month, a number of high-profile speakers touched upon the potential of the IoT market, and some of its most promising verticals in terms of explosive growth. Bryce Johnstone, senior marketing manager at Imagination, said in his presentation that the number one vertical for IoT/M2M services is automotive but that agriculture, … Continued

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Providing our readers with the latest news and updates from Imagination Technologies and our partner ecosystem has been our mission for the last four years. The list below includes some of the most exciting features published recently, accompanied by a summary that provides additional context or further updates for each item. Without further ado, here are the top 10 articles … Continued

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When someone brings up the topic of open source software, many think of the GNU/Linux operating system and the vast community of developers formed around it. However, there are several other active open source software projects that deserve equal attention; one example is the BSD operating system – a group of popular Unix-like operating systems (e.g. FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD) developed … Continued

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Imagination designed its PowerVR Tile-Based Deferred Rendering (TBDR) graphics architecture more than 20 years ago with a focus on efficiency across performance, power consumption and system level integration. This approach has equally been applied to our integration of compute functionality in our GPU architecture; PowerVR Rogue is the most recent version of our GPU architecture and it fully supports mobile … Continued

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A crisis can, if exploited correctly, kick-start a new phase of growth. And the growth can be quite explosive where financial muscle, innovation, volume demand and national security interests intersect. No, this isn’t a spy novel: it’s a summary of the dynamics at play in the semiconductor industry. The semiconductor industry has changed due to a number of interrelated factors … Continued

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MIPS OCI (On Chip Instrumentation) is a new flexible, modular debug architecture from Imagination for heterogeneous computing systems integrating multiple MIPS CPUs, and systems that combine MIPS CPUs with other CPU architectures. OCI comprises of modular interoperable debug IP components that can be selected to produce an optimal debug solution tailored to the needs of a specific SoC design. The … Continued

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Cloud interfaces In an IoT system, the provision of services by the cloud will depend on several conditions. Security is a concern for device-to-cloud data transactions. An IoT device will need to support data encryption to the cloud via TLS or https. The software stack in the IoT device will need to support these security components. In addition, cloud based … Continued

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One way of looking at the future of consumer electronics is to analyze markets where there is room for disruption. In this article I’d like to focus on two of these markets: home entertainment and automotive – and highlight two examples of how Imagination is working closely with semiconductor vendors, OEMs and other companies in its ecosystem to push the … Continued

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After exploring a quick guide to writing OpenCL kernels for PowerVR Rogue GPUs and analyzing a heterogeneous compute case study focused on image convolution filtering, I am going to spend some time looking at how developers can measure the performance of their OpenCL kernels on PowerVR Rogue GPUs. The performance of scalar code running on a CPU depends upon how … Continued

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