27th October 2015

MIPS CPU architecture fully supported by Google’s new Brillo OS for the IoT

Imagination’s MIPS-based Creator Ci41 chosen as a starter board for early developer engagement


LONDON, UK – 27 October, 2015 – Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) announces that the MIPS CPU architecture is one of the key CPU architectures supported by Google’s new Brillo operating system (OS) designed specifically for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Brillo, a free, open embedded OS based on Android, is designed to connect IoT devices in a seamless and intuitive way. As MIPS is one of the three CPU architectures officially supported in Android, Brillo on MIPS is a natural evolution. MIPS CPUs are already used in a wide range of IoT devices spanning consumer, industrial, automotive and beyond. With its extremely efficient, clean design and multi-domain OmniShield™ technology, MIPS CPUs are ideal for these applications.

As part of the Brillo program, the forthcoming Creator Ci41 board from Imagination has been selected by Google as a starter platform for Brillo developers. The Ci41 is a variant of the soon-to-be-released Creator Ci40 board optimized for Brillo support. Starter boards such as the Ci41 are the gold standard for getting started with Brillo development, and will include the reference implementation of Brillo.

Says Jim Nicholas, vice president of MIPS business operations, Imagination: “This development is yet another step in the ongoing momentum of the MIPS architecture. We work closely with partners such as Google to ensure that MIPS-based devices support all of the latest industry standard operating systems. As we enter the IoT era, operating systems like Brillo, which is designed for devices with smaller computing and memory footprints, will be key.”

About MIPS CPUs
MIPS CPUs comprise a comprehensive portfolio of low-power, high-performance microprocessor IP cores and architectures, ranging from solutions for high-end applications processing down to solutions for extremely small, deeply embedded microcontrollers. MIPS CPUs power billions of products around the globe. The 64-bit MIPS architecture is widely deployed in a large number of products, and is supported by a vibrant and growing ecosystem built over more than 20 years.

About Creator Development Boards
The Creator range of development boards is designed to fulfil the growing interest within a broad spectrum of academic, professional and hobbyist developer communities for affordable, fully featured development platforms. Imagination’s Creator development board family enables open source developers, the maker community, system integrators and others to create a wide range of applications and projects, ranging from home automation and gaming to wireless multimedia streaming.

About Imagination Technologies
Imagination is a global technology leader 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 to 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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