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Several months after participating in the successful launch of Vulkan™, we are very excited to announce an upcoming series of talks designed to discuss the API in more detail. Imagination is a promoter member of the Khronos™ Group and a keen supporter of open standards for mobile graphics. We are currently collaborating with our colleagues in the Vulkan working group … Continued

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Writing and optimizing code for heterogeneous computing can be difficult, especially if you are starting from scratch. Imagination has set up a new page where developers can access the source code for an example camera and video post-processing application that leverages the PowerVR Imaging Framework to implement efficient zero-copy flows for a range of image processing kernels. To download the … Continued

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The PowerVR Graphics Tools are a suite of utilities targeting important phases of an application’s development cycle including asset optimization, coding, and profiling and debugging software on-device. To help you obtain a 360-degree view of our profiling and debugging tools for PowerVR hardware, we’ve put together a video series providing you with a comprehensive tutorial on how to effectively use … Continued

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In this article I’d like to explore some architectural considerations for the CPU and wireless connectivity performance requirements for IoT devices. This post is relevant for system designers looking to scope out the initial specifications of a next-generation IoT device while taking into account features and scalability. CPU processing performance requirements Architectural considerations for the CPU performance for an IoT … Continued

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You might recognize Ingenic from the JZ4780 SoC powering our Creator Ci20 microcomputer or from the innovative, ultra-low power M200 chip at the heart of several recently announced smartwatches in China. More recently, Ingenic has doubled down on the IoT market, releasing several chips optimized for wearables and connected devices, including a repackaged M200S and a power-optimized M150. This week, … Continued

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending the official launch of the IoT Security Foundation. Held on the top floor of the Digital Catapult building in central London, this event included speakers from Beecham Research, NMI, Copper Horse, and Imagination Technologies. Robin Duke-Woolley, CEO of Beecham Research, set the scene by introducing the IoT security threat map below. Reviewing … Continued

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A few months ago, Imagination and TSMC joined forces to announce their ongoing collaboration around production of highly-optimized IP subsystems for multiple markets, including smart sensors, connected audio, video analytics, automotive, mobile and beyond. At our 2015 Imagination Summit in Taiwan, we were delighted to welcome on stage Dr. Simon Wang, Senior Director of Business Development for the world-renowned Taiwanese … Continued

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This year our Imagination Summits in Hsinchu and Taipei saw a record number of registered attendees. In fact, attendance has more than doubled since Imagination held the first Hsinchu Summit in 2012, demonstrating the momentum Imagination is successfully creating in the region. The Imagination Summits are day-long events featuring visionary keynotes, technical deep dives and interactive sessions with experts from … Continued

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If you have purchased a home automation device recently, there is a high probability that it has a MIPS-based chip inside. For example, a recent teardown of the Belkin WeMo and Ubiquiti mFi Home platforms by Ganesh T S at AnandTech revealed a Qualcomm Atheros AR9331 SoC using a very capable and area-efficient MIPS CPU. Last week, a team of scientists … Continued

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Record audience numbers were in attendance for the 2015 Imagination Summit in Taiwan, which took place in both Hsinchu and Taipei during September. Taiwan is a world-leading hub for semiconductor and related electronics companies and is very important to Imagination, which has a growing office for engineering and customer support based in Taipei. A separate press event was also held … Continued

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Late last evening I was very excited to see an update on the Microchip Technology website announcing that the CPU at the heart of the PIC32MZ family has been upgraded to MIPS M5150, our latest Warrior M-class processor. PIC32 is a family of high performance microcontrollers for the widest range of embedded and IoT projects. Microchip pairs the hardware with … Continued

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We’re delighted to announce that after several months of work, a Debian 8 release candidate is finally ready for the Creator Ci20 microcomputer. Shipping of the new Creator Ci20 boards will also begin next week for customers who’ve pre-ordered the board from our online stores in Europe and North America. Introducing Debian 8 for Ci20 Debian 8 for Ci20 is … Continued

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Imagination’s R&D group has developed a face detection algorithm, which is based on a classifier cascade and is optimized to run on mobile devices comprising a CPU and PowerVR GPU. The algorithm employs several optimizations to improve performance and accuracy. In particular, instead of searching each entire frame for faces, the detector limits its search to regions in which faces … Continued

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