On Monday at MWC 2015, Imagination announced that its MIPS CPUs have been deployed in a range of LTE chips from Altair and Sequans. Both vendors are taking full advantage of the unique multi-threading capability in MIPS I-class CPUs which offer reduced power consumption and superior performance when handling multiple latency-sensitive tasks simultaneously.

Leading LTE chip makers using multi-threaded MIPS CPUs

Altair Semiconductor’s LTE devices, including the FourGee-3100/6200 chipset, have been the communications engine inside millions of devices sold by more than 30 connected device manufacturers to-date.

Altair’s chipsets with MIPS CPUs inside are designed to support a range of applications, including tablets, mobile hotspots, routers and M2M devices. They are deployed commercially on LTE networks around the world including:

  • Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet, available exclusively from Verizon for its 4G LTE network
  • HP Chromebook 11” LTE, an ultra-portable device developed by HP in close collaboration with Google
  • ASUS Chromebook 13.3” LTE, available at major retailers across the United States
  • D-Link LTE eMBMS-enabled HDMI dongle, the first such product that is compatible with a leading U.S. carrier’s 4G LTE network
  • First International Computer, Inc. (FIC) Elija TF9300 9.7” Android tablet, a 3.5GHz LTE-enabled tablet computer
  • SoftBank BB Corp. devices used for its wireless Internet service in Japan

Hp Chromebook 11 - MWC 2015HP Chromebook 11″ uses a MIPS-based LTE chip from Altair

The FourGee-3800/6300 Category 4 chipset, the successor of the Category 3 FourGee-3100/6200 chipset, recently achieved Verizon Wireless chipset certification. The 3800/6300 chipset features download speeds of 150Mbps and upload speeds of 50Mbps, and supports advanced features such as VoLTE and eMBMS. It is already designed into multiple modules and end-user devices and is deployed commercially in leading carrier markets.

Find out more about Altair in the full press release here.

The latest designs from 4G chipmaker Sequans Communications integrate MIPS CPUs at the heart of Sequans’ new Colibri and Calliope platforms for the LTE-enabled Internet of Things (IoT). In addition, Sequans’ chipsets and modules with MIPS CPUs inside are finding their way into an increasing number of end products.

Sequans Colibri MIPS-based LTE chip - MWC 2015Sequans has recently introduced Colibri, a new LTE chip for IoT

Recent Sequans wins include the following new products, all certified for the Verizon Wireless network:

  • Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack MHS800L, an ultra-compact mobile hotspot that allows users to connect up to eight Wi-Fi devices to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network
  • BestBuy Insignia Flex LTE 8” Android tablet, the first 4G LTE tablet in Best Buy’s Insignia product line
  • MSI (Micro-Star International) S100 Note LTE (model ND12), a 2-in-1 LTE tablet and keyboard
  • D-Link eMBMS TV Dongle, a consumer LTE broadcast dongle that enables users to receive high definition video content over LTE eMBMS, for display on their TV screens

You can read more about these new chipsets here.

HYDRA is a new MIPS-based modem designed for high-frequency comms

In addition, Blu Wireless is using multiple MIPS CPUs in a new gigabit modem called HYDRA which is aimed at millimetre wave communication applications including WiGig 802.11ad and wireless backhaul for LTE mobile networks.

Blu Wireless HYDRA - MWC 2015HYDRA will enable next-generation high-frequency communications

The HYDRA System IP provides a complete multi-gigabit capable baseband processor with all the associated firmware for the PHY and MAC functions needed for its customers to build their own millimetre wave gigabit wireless modem integrated circuits. Find the full press release here.

For the latest demos using MIPS CPUs, visit us at one of the many tradeshows and events we attend throughout the year. Make sure you also follow us on Twitter (@ImaginationTech, @MIPSdev) for the latest news and announcements from Imagination.

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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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