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Based in Taiwan, Realtek Semiconductor is one of the world’s leading networking and multimedia IC providers, designing multiple high-performance networking chipsets that incorporate MIPS CPUs. This includes the new RTL8197F SoC for mainstream Wi-Fi access points and routers. MIPS processors are used widely across networking and communications products, providing an ideal combination of performance, power consumption, and silicon area, together

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The most important new release from the Imagination University Program (IUP) this year is the Connected Microcontroller (MCU) Lab. It’s a semester-long course that provides educators with everything they need to teach the basics of MCUs and IoT to an undergraduate class. The Connected MCU Lab takes students through the basic microcontroller and I/O features, through real-time operating system concepts

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During my first trip to China a few years ago, I remember attending a presentation on the newly-announced MIPS Warrior CPU family. One of the keynote speakers used a line that has stuck in my head ever since: The CPU can be a good controller – don’t let it control you. He was absolutely right! At the end of the

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Embedded computing is currently enjoying a rebirth thanks to a technology called virtualization. It started when Imagination became the first semiconductor IP company to introduce virtualization to microcontroller-type CPUs and then demonstrated how developers could take advantage of this feature by using a lightweight hypervisor optimized for MIPS M-class MCUs. We then showed how the same virtualization technology can be

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In a previous article I described the basic concepts of computer virtualization and how the MIPS architecture efficiently implements hardware virtualization. This article will focus on multithreading in an attempt to define what it is, and why it’s useful. A thread is a sequence of instructions. Multithreading refers to the ability of a given processor (e.g. CPU, GPU, etc.) to

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When we originally introduced the Ensigma Series4 RPU family, we mainly focused on the support for different connectivity standards such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. However, there were also several mentions of the Ensigma’s capability to support broadcast TV and radio standards. In this two part article, I would like to reveal some details about a next generation broadcast TV standard

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To render images at interactive framerates, engines have to approximate the behavior of real world phenomena – such as shadows – rather than simulating them. As real time rendering techniques continue to push towards photorealism, the cost of these approximations approaches the point of diminishing returns. Although traditionally seen as a complex offline process, ray tracing is becoming an increasingly

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With the Wi-Fi Alliance launch of the second generation of the 802.11ac certification program, the Wi-Fi industry has taken another huge step forward in increasing the speed of Wi-Fi – and more importantly a big step in improving the efficiency of Wi-Fi networks. When it was officially approved in 2014, the IEEE 802.11ac standard introduced a number of features that

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