Bluntly put, many players in the electronics industry today are not sanguine about the survival chances for MIPS processors in a global mobile market where, in the last decade, ARM has built its formidable ecosystem.
In short, "There's not much [Imagination] can do to move the CPU needle in their direction for mobile," says Mike Demler, senior analyst at The Linley Group.
But that doesn't mean there is no opportunity in the mobile segment for Imagination. In the following chart, Imagination maps out how a variety of IPs offered by Imagination would fit into a range of mobile devices including ultra-affordable devices and high-end smartphones.
Although no single MIPS-based apps processors exist today for mobile devices, Imagination is hopeful for its full IP portfolio to attract new licensees.
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