LONDON – Multimedia processor core licensor Imagination Technologies has announced the introduction to the market place of Minimorph, a development system for the company's Meta processor core.
MetaFlow and the FlowWorld portal are Imagination products aimed at supporting "cloud-based" products and services that Imagination launched earlier in 2011. Prospective applications include home automation, security systems, smart energy, healthcare and assisted living, connected/educational toys, industrial monitoring and control, machine-to-machine (M2M) and more.
The Meta HTP221-dp2 Minimorph development system powered the Xenif TZ1090 from Toumaz Technologies that combines multithreaded processing and always-available connectivity, and connects to the FlowWorld Cloud portal.
The board measures 10-cm by 10-cm and can be powered from a USB interface. The Xenif TZ1090 includes a Meta 32-bit RISC and DSP core together with two Ensigma UCCP310 communications cores. The chip has a maximum clock frequency of 400-MHz (500-MHz planned) and supports Linux OS and MeOS real-time operating system. There is Wi-Fi RF support for 802.11bg plus radio and TV tuners, XGA 1024 by 768 display controller with video YUV support, multiple analog and digital audio inputs and outputs and USB and support for UART, SPI, SDIO, SD Card, I2S, I2C, transport streams.
The board is in beta distribution starting now and will be available for sale from November 2011 from Imagination Technologies for less than $200 in single unit quantities, the company said.
The Minimorph development platform includes tools and peripherals derived from Imagination's Codescape SoC development tool suite.
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