A Game of RISC: "Warrior" MIPS CPU Targets Android Smartphones, ARM
June 26, 2013 6:16 PM
New design from Imagination Technologies offers yet another competitor in the booming mobile market
In the world of RISC (reduced instruction set computer) architectures the game is officially on. Imagination Technologies Group Plc (
[press release] its first 32-bit and 64-bit MIPS CPU cores targeting the mobile market, a market in which ARM Holdings Plc's (
) titular RISC core has
for so long
Imagination Tech. has long
licensed graphics processing unit companion cores
to go alongside ARM or Intel Corp. (
) Atom CPU cores. In a sense both ARM and Intel have historically been more diversified as
they produce GPU cores
, as well. But with its
acquisition of MIPS Technology Inc. last November
, Imagination Tech. looked to level the playing field.
Before, the mobile market looked like a race between Intel and ARM. Now Imagination Tech. is determined to make it a three-man race.
The new MIPS CPU cores, dubbed Series5 "Warrior" cores will offer some unique perks. First, they bring support for single instruction multiple data (SIMD) programming APIs like OpenCL (NVIDIA Corp.'s (
) CUDA is another proprietary SIMD API). Second, they offer built-in security features, including processing units designed to accelerate content protection, secure networking protocols and payment services.
MIPS roadmap [click to enlarge]
Lastly, Imagination Tech. is plugging built in hardware and software virtualization support in the upcoming core series. The company says its aiming to target "a wide range of markets, from mobile and networking to embedded and microcontroller applications."
In other words, expect some OEMs to potentially test the waters with Android-driven Warrior core
smartphone and tablet designs
Just how valuable is the mobile CPU market? Consider that ARM
pocketed $136M USD
on a gaudy 50.5 percent operating margin in Q1 2013. Imagination Tech. is likely salivating at the potential for that kind of licensing loot.
The one thing that's unclear is when exactly the "Warrior" cores will hit the market. Imagination Tech. offered no release schedule. Imagination Tech. is also winding up to the release of a new GPU core, the
PowerVR Series6 core
, which offers support for OpenGL ES 3.0 for the first time.
Imagination Tech. [press release]
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
Déjà vu? ARM Destroys More Analyst Predictions With $136M USD in Profit
April 23, 2013, 11:40 AM
Imagination Tech. Acquires MIPS, Aims to Battle ARM in Mobile Market
November 7, 2012, 1:02 PM
MIPS Looks to Challenge ARM in Mobile Device Dominance
May 16, 2012, 4:01 PM
Whoever Wins, We're Winning Too: ARM Holdings Posts Record Earnings
February 1, 2012, 11:43 AM
CES 2012: Imagination Tech Brags Smartphone GPU is 20 Times as Fast
January 11, 2012, 3:00 AM
What is Flagship Sony’s XperiaX Smartphone?
October 25, 2016, 5:00 AM
The Galaxy C9 Pro Samsung Smartphone Has 6GB RAM
October 24, 2016, 4:29 AM
The Unlocked Moto Z Play Launches for $449.99 Today.
October 22, 2016, 5:00 AM
Nintendo Announced Next Game Machine to be Portable “handheld”.
October 21, 2016, 5:00 AM
Do you hate to do yard work?
October 20, 2016, 5:00 AM
Smart Technology Mood Collar To Understand Your Dog’s Emotions
October 17, 2016, 5:00 AM
Most Popular Articles
Car Insurance - The Hidden Discriminatory Practise
October 18, 2016, 5:00 AM
Cyber Hackers Threaten Security of Lifesaving Medical Devices
October 19, 2016, 8:09 AM
8 Days to Apple's October Event
October 19, 2016, 8:22 AM
Is Razer Blade Stealth Laptop For You?
October 16, 2016, 5:00 AM
Tesla Announces Level 5 Autonomous Driving
October 19, 2016, 8:30 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Medical Council of India Makes Generic Medicines Mandatory
Oct 25, 2016, 5:00 AM
MacBoo Pro 2016: Release date Oct. 27
Oct 24, 2016, 7:16 AM
Mac Users, Try this if Your Mac is Infected?
Oct 23, 2016, 7:00 AM
Tips to Prevent Smartphones From Overheating:
Oct 22, 2016, 5:00 AM
Nasa Flies Drones at Nevada Airport
Oct 21, 2016, 8:21 AM
T-Mobile Data Problems
Oct 20, 2016, 10:17 AM
Annoying Apple Watch Problems and How to Fix Them
Oct 20, 2016, 5:00 AM
Your Mail May Soon Be Delivered By Robot
Oct 19, 2016, 9:34 AM
2018 Jeep Wrangler Prototype Sells At Junkyard
Oct 18, 2016, 5:00 AM
Samsung Shines with Gold Edition Tablet
Oct 17, 2016, 9:24 AM
Tesla Hints Mysterious Product Debut for October 17th
Oct 16, 2016, 10:14 AM
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones on US flights
Oct 15, 2016, 5:00 AM
Comcast Fined $2.3 Million For Unconfirmed Services Charged To Customers
Oct 14, 2016, 5:00 AM
“American singer / songwriter “Bob Dylan is awarded 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Oct 13, 2016, 10:33 AM
Battery Defect in Medical Device
Oct 12, 2016, 5:00 AM
IBM Bolsters Social Services Sector With Technology Grants
Oct 11, 2016, 5:00 AM
Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate but US Still Toys With Skepticism
Oct 10, 2016, 5:00 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information