Earlier this year I reported about Ingenic Newton, a new MIPS-based platform targeting a wide range of connected consumer devices, including wearables, smart appliances and e-health sensors. This board was powered by an Ingenic JZ4775 chip which included a MIPS32-based XBurst single-core processor clocked at 1 GHz.

Today I am very excited to introduce Ingenic Newton2, the follow-up to the highly successful Netwon predecessor. Newton2 also features Ingenic M200, a brand new chipset that implements an innovative architecture designed from the ground-up for the low power and reduced area requirements of wearables.

New Ingenic Newton2 platform halves area and standby power

Ingenic Newton2 provides a complete development platform for wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) device manufactures; it enables OEMs to create differentiated products and reduce time to market considerably.

Ingenic Newton2 - MIPS-based wearable dev platform Ingenic Newton2 features M200, a new MIPS-based dual-core processor

Newton2 is a small hardware module that measures 15 x 30 mm, achieving a 50% reduction in area. It integrates the main application processor, eMCP memory, a smart power management controller, on-board Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a MEMS sensor, together with seven dedicated connectors for the usual interfaces (display, audio, camera etc.)

Battery life has also been improved significantly: standby power consumption for Newton2 is less than 3mW, allowing devices to work for twice as long.

Target applications include:

  • Infotainment: smartwatches, augmented reality headsets, smart glasses, smart cameras
  • Healthcare: wearable healthcare monitors
  • Fitness and wellness: fitness bands, activity trackers, smart clothing, sleep sensors

Geak Watch II - Ingenic wearable chipThe new GEAK Watch 2 uses an Ingenic wearable chip and delivers over 15 days of battery life

Ingenic Newton2 incorporates proven components that accelerate product development while reducing risk and controlling costs. Additionally, the board runs the latest version of the Android and Linux operating systems, making it easy for developers to build various device drivers and user applications for it.

Ingenic M200: a new MIPS-based processor designed specifically for wearables

The Newton2 features several important updates to the underlying hardware architecture. Ticking inside the platform is Ingenic M200, a dual-core MIPS-based XBurst application processor built from the ground-up for wearable devices.

M200 implements a power-saving hardware architecture where a high-performance MIPS CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz tackles most of the heavy lifting, while less demanding tasks are handled by a secondary low-power 300 MHz MIPS CPU.

When in full operating mode, the M200 chip consumes only 150mW. Ingenic’s engineers were able to achieve this ground-breaking performance by redesigning all of the key modules inside the SoC to target ultra-low power operation. Additionally, M200 includes special fabric that creates multiple low power modes of operation and distinct power islands; these islands can also be switched on by special programmable triggers (e.g. voice activation).

Ingenic M200 wearable chip - MIPS-based XBurstIngenic M200 is a new chip designed from the ground-up for wearables

The multimedia department sees the addition of a 3D graphics engine that supports OpenGL ES 2.0. M200 also integrates a dedicated, multi-standard video engine for low power decoding and encoding of popular codecs like H.264 and VP8 (up to 720p at 30 fps).

Finally, the chipset also includes an ISP for image pre-processing that supports a range of vital features for camera vision applications:

  • Wide Dynamic Range (EDR), dual-stream processing
  • Video and still image stabilization
  • Image cropping and rescaling
  • Auto exposure and gain control
  • Auto focus control and advanced noise reduction
  • Color correction and management

Ingenic is one of the partners that are working closely with Imagination to build optimized solutions for wearables. You can read more about our vision for this exciting category of products here; there will also be a white paper which you can download for free from our website.

What do you think of the new Ingenic Newton2 platform and the M200 application processor? Are you looking forward to seeing them in wearable products? Leave us a comment in the box below.

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About the author: Alex Voica

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Before deciding to pursue his dream of working in technology marketing, Alexandru held various engineering roles at leading semiconductor companies in Europe. His background also includes research in computer graphics and VR at the School of Advanced Studies Sant'Anna in Pisa. You can follow him on Twitter @alexvoica.

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