The Android operating system runs on three different types of processors, one of which is MIPS. You may not be that familiar with the name, but MIPS processors have been around since the mid-1980s.
In preparation for the upcoming Android L release, Google has added NDK revision 10b, with a 64-bit Android L developer preview emulator for easier 64-bit optimization app testing.
Android currently supports three processor architectures: ARM, Intel and MIPS. ARM is currently the leader, but Intel and Imagination Technologies (who design the MIPS processors) are viable... alternatives. The next big area where these three chip designers will fight for a slice of the mobile computing pie is 64-bit computing.
The 64-bit MIPS architecture has been around for almost 2...
Imagination Technologies has announced a new development platform, the MIPS Creator CI20, that runs Android and other Linux distributions.
Ingenic Semiconductor has released a reference design for a small processor board aimed at the wearables market. The board, known as the Ingenic Newton, integrates a CPU and RAM with flash memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and various sensors in a design that is around the size of a SD card.
Imagination Technologies announced that they wanted to buy MIPS for $60 million back in November. Several weeks later they were outbid by a company called Ceva; they wanted to buy the company for $90 million. According to Reuters, today Imagination has said they’re now willing to fork over $100 million.
We have very exciting battles in the smartphone and tablet manufacturing areas, we have increased carrier competitions, as well as clashes in the display making department. But what about the manufacturing of mobile chips?
The Karbonn Smart Tab 1 was one of the very first tablets to get Jelly Bean, and it was the first Jelly Bean device in India. Now custom ROM developers can start working on porting Jelly Bean to other MIPS-powered devices, as MIPS has just released the Jelly Bean source code for the platform.
When Google made Android, they tried to make it run on every current and upcoming chip architectures, and they did that by creating the Dalvik Virtual Machine, with the vast majority of Android... applications being built on it.
There are however some types of apps, like 3D games, that either need a bit of extra performance, or were written in C++ on another platform. In many cases, it̵...