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Last month I sent out a message on Twitter announcing that the latest PowerVR Wizard ray tracing GPU test silicon had taped out, based on Imagination’s reference design and the IC Compiler™ II place and route solution from Synopsys. Our #PowerVR ray tracing GPU has finally taped out in a test chip! http://t.co/QF8IYQ8SqK pic.twitter.com/LXCdnB6uB7 — Alexandru Voica (@alexvoica) June 15, … Continued

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Last week AngelScript maintainer Andreas Jonsson announced on GameDev.net that the new version of the popular scripting language (2.30.1) added support for MIPS Release 2 CPUs via the Creator CI20 microcomputer. We’ve reached out to Andreas and asked him to provide more details about his work for developers who are interested in using AngelScript for MIPS. If you are interested … Continued

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Maxim Kharchenko is the original author of LING, the alternative implementation of Erlang. Now he is a CTO at Cloudozer, the company that aims to build a better cloud solution using LING. In addition Cloudozer adapts LING/Erlang for MIPS MCUs and other embedded platforms. Why remain in the 70s? If there is an island of stability amid the white waters … Continued

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Michal Toman is a Fedora contributor. After having worked on ABRT (Automatic Bug Reporting Tool) as well as PowerPC and IBM ESA/390 ports of the operating system, he is now bringing Fedora MIPS back to life. During the last months we have been working on a MIPS port of the Fedora operating system. We have picked Fedora 22 as the … Continued

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Altair Semiconductor recently revealed more details about two new 4G LTE chips during the 2015 Imagination Summit in Santa Clara. The FourGee-1150 (Cat 0) and FourGee-1160 (Cat 1) SoCs each combine several MIPS M5150 MCUs on a single chip, creating a compelling offering for many IoT applications such as security alarms, electricity meters, wearables and many others. Altair FourGee-1150 is … Continued

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FlowCloud is our application-agnostic IoT framework designed to connect devices and users to the cloud. FlowCloud includes a developer-friendly SDK, free access to multiple IoT services, and starter apps for mobile and embedded devices. Recently, the FlowCloud SDK received a major update designed to add new features and squash some of the bugs found in previous releases. Here is what’s … Continued

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A few months ago at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC), Imagination announced that the latest version of the Cocos2d-x game engine has been optimized by Chukong Technologies for the Creator Ci20 microcomputer. Cocos2d-x is an extremely popular open source game engine that supports multiple operating systems, including Android; seven out of the ten top grossing games in China are … Continued

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Networking specialist Cavium has announced the release of two new OCTEON III 64-bit multicore families based on the MIPS64 architecture. The press release from Cavium mentions multiple quad-core CN72XX and 16-core CN73XX parts targeting mid-range applications (networking, security, storage devices, wireless and integrated routers, etc.) that require superior compute and packet performance. Specifications include: Best in class compute performance in … Continued

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If you look at the semiconductor landscape today, the number of companies that have the ability to design advanced SoCs is shrinking rapidly. Industry consolidation/verticalization and rising manufacturing costs are creating an environment where true differentiation is difficult to achieve using generic solutions. In addition, integrating high performance CPUs, GPUs, coherent fabrics and other hardware blocks requires deep expertise, increasing … Continued

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Larry Lapides, VP of sales at Imperas, joins us to talk about OS bring up on MIPS using virtual platforms. We met Imperas recently at the 2015 Imagination Summit in Santa Clara where the company was demonstrating the latest version of QuantumLeap, a parallel simulation performance accelerator. Linux has become the general purpose operating system of choice for embedded systems, … Continued

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Andy Jolley is senior staff application consultant – worldwide product line lead, FPGA-based prototyping at Synopsys. Andy has been working with FPGA technologies for over 25 years and has been recently supporting customers with their complex CPU SoC and GPU IP prototyping needs on the Synopsys HAPS platforms while also providing support for worldwide engagements to deploy the same SoC … Continued

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Our EVP of Marketing Tony King-Smith wrote earlier this month about the 2015 Imagination Summit USA taking place in Santa Clara, California. I was among the lucky ones to attend the event; in this article, I will report what I saw and heard from the keynote speakers. Imagination and the rise of IP platforms The first presentation came from Imagination … Continued

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Consumers today use their devices to do more than ever before and the data they produce becomes extremely valuable to potential criminals. To add to this challenge, applications installed from untrusted sources make it very difficult to identify and stop potential security breaches. Luckily, there is now a solution to address security concerns at the platform level and it is … Continued

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