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China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’

At stake is Ingenic's survival and future of MIPS
4/10/2014 09:00 AM EDT
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junko.yoshida
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China's quest for MIPS
junko.yoshida   4/10/2014 9:44:25 AM
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Ingenic's commitment to "providing another computing platform other than ARM" is real. Do you agree that China regards MIPS as the nation's crown jewel?

Michael.S_94
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Missing MIPS major chip supplier ???
Michael.S_94   4/10/2014 2:51:37 PM
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Its MIPS-based processing core's low-power profile aside, Imagination's MIPS technology "will need to get adopted by a major chip supplier in order to have the best chance of breaking in," says Francis Sideco, senior director of Consumer, Mobile, and IT Electronics at IHS.

I would certainly consider Microchip (which uses MIPS cores in multiple product lines) to be a "major chip supplier" !

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Re: Missing MIPS major chip supplier ???
junko.yoshida   4/10/2014 7:11:55 PM
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@Michael.S_94, yes, I would definitely include Microchip, too.

In the context of this story, however, we focused only on MIPS in mobile (including wearable and IoT devices.)

But of course, now that Microchip is also interested in IoT, we are looking forward to how this will all pan out.

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Re: Missing MIPS major chip supplier ???
alexvoica   4/11/2014 2:47:57 AM
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I would say MIPS and PowerVR-based solutions from Ineda are becoming a force to be reckoned with in wearables too.

Your colleague Jim McGregor wrote about them earlier this week:

http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1321810

The company recently announced that Samsung and Qualcomm have invested in it.

Furthermore, MIPS is used in mobile for 4G modems by companies like Altair or Sequans.

Best regards,

Alex.

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Re: Missing MIPS major chip supplier ???
rick merritt   4/11/2014 10:22:59 AM
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Yes Ineda with its investing and cores from Imagination could also help drive MIPS into Mobile 2.0...but its a tough road

rick merritt
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Competition of countries
rick merritt   4/11/2014 10:25:15 AM
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A GSA panelist yesterday talked about silicon foundry as becoming a "competition of countries" where players include NY State, China, Mideast etc.

Maybe a similar dynamic will emerge in cores, too.

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What about power?
AZskibum   4/11/2014 2:46:00 PM
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A MIPS-based big.little SoC in 65nm and their target market is smart watches? What's wrong with this picture? How much battery capacity can you put in a wristwatch?

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Real challenge is support foundation
y_sasaki   4/11/2014 3:19:49 PM
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When we pick a SoC for a product, we pay more attention to peripheral support, low power mode support, supply chain stability and price, rather than core architecture difference. As long as good devtool (compiler/debugger) and middleware (RTOS / device drivers / protocol stacks) are supported, core architecture difference do not mean much.

And as you know, ARM/Cortex chip manufactures / middleware providers / devtool providers have established great ecosystem for embedded applications. I think it is a major challenge for chiniese MIPS manufactures if they can provide such support foundation, rather than just to provide (even cheap, highly integrated, high-performance) silicon.

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Re: Real challenge is support foundation
junko.yoshida   4/12/2014 12:34:36 AM
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@y_sasaki, you raise an interesting point. Yes, perhaps, what the core achitecture won't matter that much.

If so, I am wondering that some system vendors prefer a particular SoC because that particular SoC vendor might offer a lot of support (and handholding). Then, the decision on an SoC rests on the amount of [free] support OEMs can get...

 

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Liu - Bold as Branson
_hm   4/13/2014 7:44:50 AM
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That is wonderful effort by Liu and wish him deserved breakthrough. Quite proud of him for his jauggernut.

@Junko: Company is name is very special. Is it possible to get meaning and etymology for word - Ingenic?

 

 

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