What we don't know is how much Ineda is paying to use MIPS, or is being paid to use MIPS?
If Imagination is willing to cut a great deal to get you to use MIPS and be a poster boy/girl for ultra low power maybe it is the way to go. Especially if you think the real power saving is going to come in the rest of the circuit and how you write the sofware.
ARM CPUs would have been a better choice, considering the eco system.
"What this product may address is the desirabiity to have the wearable satellite equipment as power-efficient as possible so that charging it can be kept to a minimum or may even allow energy harvesting from movement."
Even then you might need to connect the device to the cloud to accumulate the data.. ie still needs a bluetooth/wifi connection?
The approach that has been standard for a few years now is to either write an application that can be hosted on the smartphone OR, if additional hardware is required, put it in a separate unit that links to the mobile phone via Bluetooth.
In this way new applications can piggyback off the reasonable chance that users will have a phone with Bluetooth that can connect you back to the Internet.
The downside is that the wearable product (various counters and meters for medical, sports, wellness) must rely on the ability of users to turn on and use the Bluetooth attributes of their phone....and it may require a separate piece of software on the phone to collate data and upload.
By the time you have split and complicated your product this way you can turn off a lot of consumers.
What this product may address is the desirabiity to have the wearable satellite equipment as power-efficient as possible so that charging it can be kept to a minimum or may even allow energy harvesting from movement.
I'm really curious to see what they put out. It seems like after years and years of wearable devices being the "next big thing", we might be seeing a drastic rise. Then again, our cell phones are filling the niche that many expected from wearables.
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