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, it’s easier to just port this kind of apps as they are to Android, then it is to rewrite them in another language. That is why Google created the Native Development Kit for…