22nd May 2014

Leading technology companies form open source foundation ‘prpl’ supporting ‘datacenter to device’ portability

Non-profit prpl foundation to support MIPS architecture; open to others


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Broadcom, Cavium, Ikanos, Imagination,
Ineda Systems, Ingenic Semiconductor, Lantiq, Nevales Networks, PMC, Qualcomm Incorporated
and others join to create prpl

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prpl to deliver substantial
open source resource for advanced MIPS CPU semiconductor devices

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Initial key targets include enabling
next-generation ‘datacenter to device’ (IoT); truly portable software;
virtualized architectures

LONDON, UK, 22nd May,
2014 —
Imagination Technologies announces it is collaborating
with leading technology companies including Broadcom, Cavium, Ikanos, Ineda Systems, Ingenic
Semiconductor, Lantiq, Nevales Networks, PMC, Qualcomm Incorporated and others to
create prpl (pronounced “Purple”). prpl is an open-source, community-driven,
collaborative, non-profit foundation targeting and supporting the MIPS
architecture—and open to others—with a focus on enabling next-generation ‘datacenter
to device’ portable software and virtualized architectures.

prpl
represents leaders in the technology industry investing to deliver innovation
in efficiency, portability and compatibility for the good of a broad community
of developers, businesses and consumers.

Says
Imagination CEO Hossein Yassaie: “We are delighted to be working with key
industry leaders in the creation of prpl. For Imagination, this is an important
new initiative in the further development of the MIPS ecosystem. With more than
three billion units shipped, MIPS is one of the world’s leading CPU
architectures. The commitment and support we have seen since our acquisition of
MIPS in 2013 has been impressive and prpl will focus and develop a valuable
strand of that support to deliver outstanding benefits for users, and
compelling ROI for members. As part of our commitment to community, and
consistent with our agnostic approach to IP, the prpl foundation will be
supportive of heterogeneous architectures.”

prpl will enable developers to draw on considerable
resources to deliver applications and devices that share open source
innovations created by some of the best minds from member companies to both B2C
and B2B markets. The efficient, optimized, interoperable and scalable effort will
enable the further development and proliferation of devices that benefit from the
remarkable efficiency of the MIPS architecture and its unique features in areas
such as hardware multi-threading, 32/64-bit compatibility and hardware
virtualization.

Initial
domains targeted by prpl include data center, networking, digital home and embedded/IoT.
Imagination intends to leverage prpl to bring together under one roof open
source projects based on the MIPS processor community and make accessible the
latest free, unencumbered tool chains, associated libraries, common platform,
debuggers, probes and software, and build environments for all users of MIPS.

Each
member will provide value to the prpl foundation based on their particular
expertise and focus on their core domains and accordingly will participate in
specific prpl Engineering Groups (PEGs). For example, Qualcomm Incorporated intends
to focus heavily on networking initiatives such as fostering a community around
carrier-grade OpenWrt.

To the Linux community, prpl will contribute popular OS
distributions for MIPS including Android, Arch Linux, CentOS, Chromium OS,
Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, MEOS (MIPS Embedded OS), Montavista, OpenWrt, Redhat,
Tizen, Ubuntu, WebOS and Yocto, with more to follow. Additionally there will be
a wide open source code bank for: LLVM, kernel, UEFI, gcc, buildroot, MIPS
optimizations/SDK, and more.

The
prpl bylaws, management, board of directors and key projects will be officially
announced in the coming weeks. To find out more about joining or benefiting
from prpl visit: www.prplfoundation.org.
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whose products touch the lives of billions of people across the globe. The
company’s broad range of silicon IP (intellectual property) includes the key
processing blocks needed to create the SoCs (Systems on Chips) that power all
mobile, consumer and embedded electronics. Its unique software IP,
infrastructure technologies and system solutions enable its customers get to
market quickly with complete and highly differentiated SoC platforms.
Imagination’s licensees include many of the world’s leading semiconductor
manufacturers, network operators and OEMs/ODMs who are creating some of the
world’s most iconic products. See: www.imgtec.com.

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