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The past year has done wonders for affordable consumer electronics devices. We’ve seen a major boost in areas like Latin America or Asia where many hero brands — both national and international — have introduced smartphones, tablets, 4K TVs or media streaming devices at very exciting prices. For example, a year-end report published by the online marketplace giant Flipkart found … Continued

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I still remember when I entered the world’s biggest semiconductor company by value in 1980. This was an era where not invented here was the motto for many silicon vendors. And if they didn’t invent it, they made sure to convince everyone else that it wasn’t needed. Semiconductor companies also had a habit of doing everything, from designing, manufacturing and … Continued

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Vulkan™ started more than a year ago as a cross-industry effort to develop an explicit API designed to work optimally on today’s leading-edge hardware. The activity has been managed by the Khronos™ Group, the same non-profit organization that develops popular APIs such as OpenGL ES, OpenCL, WebGL, or OpenVX as well as the universal file format initiatives like COLLADA. Imagination … Continued

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In my previous post I provided a brief introduction about our target platform (Cocos2d-x on PowerVR GPUs), and a set of profiling rule and tools. In this post I will demonstrate how to work with PVRTune to identify performance bottlenecks. Setup environment If you are interested in exploring the Fantasy Warrior 3D game, you can find a video recording here … Continued

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We’re currently experiencing a once-in-a-decade revolution in the world of digital entertainment. The rising popularity of video streaming services among consumers is creating whole new business models for companies involved in this fast-growing market. The good news is that standards bodies have been working diligently to prepare the industry for the shift to high-resolution video streaming; there are multiple groups … Continued

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There’s a new MIPS-based board that has started shipping from the electronics bazaar at Seed Studio: it is called LinkIt Smart 7688 and comes equipped with a MIPS-based Mediatek MT7688 chip. This Linux-based system supports 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity and is one of the industry’s lowest power consumption SoC of its kind, sporting a MIPS CPU clocked at 580MHz. In addition, … Continued

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As the global economy continues to nervously watch the slowing pace of China’s growth, its neighbor India recently launched a significant campaign to boost technology growth and entrepreneurship in the country. Start-up India, an initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is aimed at promoting innovation by fostering its start-up ecosystem. According to NASSCOM, one of India’s leading trade organizations, … Continued

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Larry Lapides, VP of sales at Imperas, joins us to talk about software bring up on MIPS using virtual platforms.  Software verification is center-stage today, driving virtual platforms adoption as a mainstream methodology for embedded software development, debug and test. If you haven’t used virtual platforms (software simulation) yet, you may be wondering: How much software can a virtual platform … Continued

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To further promote our PowerVR Graphics SDK v4.0 launch, we’ve assembled a collection of videos to help new and existing PowerVR developers familiarize themselves with our tools and utilities. PowerVR SDK The video provides an overview of the PowerVR SDK. The SDK includes a cross-platform OS and API abstraction layer, a library of helper tools for maths and resource loading, … Continued

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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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