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We’re halfway through our series of blog posts on Vulkan – hopefully you’ve checked out the other blog posts, or tuned into the webinars, and are following so far! This post I’ll be discussing the importance of scaling to multiple threads, and how Vulkan helps achieve that. CPU bottlenecks – redux Modern CPUs have multiple cores, for a variety of great reasons which I won’t discuss here.

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Recent research from Gartner suggests that by 2020 the Internet of Things market will grow to include billions of connected devices from smart sensors and gateways to data centers and other computing platforms. To accelerate IoT development, Imagination is today introducing Creator Ci40, the most complete development kit for the Internet of Things. The package includes three sensors, two battery-powered

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I was recently at the 2015 Linley Processor Conference in San Jose and wanted to share with you some of my observations and takeaways. Imagination had a strong presence at the show with Jim Nicholas, VP of MIPS Business Operations, delivering a talk titled Heterogeneous Systems Architecture: Coming Soon to a Platform Near You. Jim’s presentation was on behalf of

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Formerly of Engadget, Forbes and BBC, Sharif Sakr is presently a consultant for XPRIZE and business development director at GameBench. You can follow him on Twitter @shotsheriff. This blog post was inspired by a short but interesting chat with a game developer I met at GameBench’s recent open( London ) event. This developer was in the midst of optimising the

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In a press release issued today PEZY Computing announced it is working on a MIPS64-based PEZY-SC2 family of many-core chips for supercomputers and HPC applications that will scale up to 4096 processing nodes. The 64-bit MIPS CPUs will act as the host processors for the system, making PEZY-SC2 the first generation of 64-bit HPC processors from the Japanese company. PEZY

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James Price is currently completing a PhD degree at the Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol. When developing programs that utilise GPU compute via OpenCL, we can’t use our traditional CPU development tools. This can make debugging complex OpenCL kernels challenging. As part of my PhD, funded by Imagination Technologies, I’ve developed an OpenCL device simulator called Oclgrind, which

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Power management is an often overlooked yet critical area for both consumer and industrial IoT devices. In a battery powered device, optimizing dynamic as well as static power is imperative; power optimization can be addressed in three ways: Power management control IP implemented for low power Power aware software Power management control should address the inclusion of voltage and frequency

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It has been a thrilling year for MIPS processors. We’ve seen exciting new designs from Loongson Technology while Cavium has introduced several OCTEON III and Fusion-M processors that cover the mid-range segment of the networking market. Multiple customers are now shipping products with Warrior CPUs, from high-end application processors to microcontrollers and embedded SoCs. Announced or imminent chips include those

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Welcome to the second article in our series of blogs on the Vulkan API! This time I’ll be describing why Vulkan is so important for mobile and embedded systems, with a particular focus on efficiency. One of Vulkan’s top aims was to enable a much more efficient API. OpenGL ES required a lot of effort on the part of the driver to get things working,

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A recently published article by Alan Aronoff provided an excellent introduction into the world of IoT. If you are interested in designing chips for IoT, make sure you keep following our blog because we plan to touch upon two important topics in the upcoming months: Power requirements and power management Processing and connectivity requirements Inside the industry leading Ensigma Whisper

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But that’s only part of the story We were delighted that at this year’s TSMC OIP event on September 17th in Santa Clara, Imagination received the prestigious 2015 Graphics Partner of the Year award. The award recognizes the work done by Imagination and TSMC in benchmarking performance and design flows to enable our mutual customers to get the best possible

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The future of TV is being challenged. Consumers are already moving away from traditional TV to alternative methods of viewing, so will we really continue to have a large screen in our homes dedicated to the audio-visual experience that today we call television? Leading companies are re-evaluating the role of television in our home and examining how semiconductor technology may

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I wrote briefly last week about the revolutionary hardware inside the new Creator development board. Today I’d like to focus on another equally important topic: the software package. With the upcoming release of our IoT-focused board, we’re starting a new chapter in the Creator program – and we’re very fortunate to be working alongside truly innovative companies to make it

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