Even those industry analysts most pessimistic about MIPS's chances in the mobile world are more hopeful for MIPS in the wearable device market.
Linley Gwennap, principle analyst of The Linley Group, tells us, "The combination of IP that Imagination offers, particularly with the Bluetooth block that ARM lacks, is well suited to wearable devices... For these wearables as well as for many digital-home (e.g., set-top box, Blu-ray) devices, apps are not important because the device generally ships with all of its software."
Imagination has been proactive in building an enabling infrastructure for IoT device vendors. Earlier this year, the company rolled out an application-independent platform called FlowCloud, designed to enable fast construction and management of machine-to-machine and man-to-machine connected services.
Those who have never built IoT or cloud-connected devices should be able to get help from FlowCloud technology, according to Imagination. FlowCloud services include registration, authentication, association, security notification, updates, and report control.
As for developing IoT devices, Imagination's partners have created several reference platforms with full support for FlowCloud. For one, the chipKIT Wi-Fire development platform from Digilent uses a PIC32 microcontroller (MCU) with a MIPS microAptiv CPU and boasts on-board WiFi.
(Source: Imagination Technologies)
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