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The Ingenic Newton platform was designed to fit in devices about the size of a quarter dollar coin

Google wants its Android Wear operating system on a slew of new wearables made by the likes of HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and ASUS "later this year," and now, it has a chip partner that can help accomplish these goals. 

Imagination Technologies (MIPS) has introduced the Newton platform, which is based on its MIPS architecture. The system-on-chip was built by chip-making partner Ingenic and is about the size of an SD card.  

The chip uses Ingenic's 1GHz JZ4775 CPU, which is Android compatible and offers at least 30 hours of battery life for smart watches and other wearables. 

It also features support for up to 3GB RAM for mobile devices; Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11 a/b/g/n at 2.4/5 GHz); Bluetooth 4.0; 720p video; NFC; 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer magnetometer sensors; pressure, humidity and temperature sensors; bio-signal detection and processing sensors, and USB support.

This platform will be useful for Android Wear partners who can choose their features, thanks to the modular design, and create prototypes faster. 

The Ingenic Newton platform was designed to fit in devices about the size of a quarter dollar coin which would be suitable for wearables, home appliances, healthcare, security, industrial control, consumer electronics, etc. 

While Google said many wearables running Android Wear will land "later this year," a few have already had small introductions, including Motorola's Moto G smartwatch. The smartwatch features a circular LCD that can display traditional analog or digital watch faces. 

Source: Imagination Technologies

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MIPS Architecture
By extide on 4/1/2014 5:45:51 PM , Rating: 2
WTF !? Why dive into a whole nother architecture for this? Whats's wrong with ARM stuff? Yeah I know all the user apps on Android are Java based, but this still adds un-necessary complexity! !!

RE: MIPS Architecture
By tayb on 4/1/2014 6:22:54 PM , Rating: 5
Imagination Technologies bought MIPS for $100 million a couple of years ago. I'm sure they would like to capitalize on that purchase by selling MIPS processors.

Also the market needs competition. ARM is far too dominant in the mobile space.

Beyond that, I have a sweet spot in my heart for MIPS and I hope they do well. I learned assembly on a MIPS 2000 back in school. Great fun.

RE: MIPS Architecture
By BifurcatedBoat on 4/1/2014 8:31:31 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't matter as much with Android because most of the applications are Java-based, so as long as you can get the VM to compile on whatever architecture you have, most non-native apps should run.

That said, it's likely that this is *very* low power (and very low performance), so the types of apps you're likely to run on it are probably mostly custom-made with its constraints in mind anyway.

RE: MIPS Architecture
By NellyFromMA on 4/2/2014 8:42:59 AM , Rating: 2
The type of apps that would be run on "wearables" simply won't need much power, and they will have even worse battery sources than phones which are already lack-luster. They will perform probably the most rudimentary of tasks. A clock, a pedometer / speedometer, alerts from your phone.

There are probably going to be some wear-ables that don't even have displays, they'll just Bluetooth data to your phone or watch.

Frankly, I think its very cheesy and has a very limited use. However, I recognize those types of statements can be nullified in about 5 years time.

We'll see.

RE: MIPS Architecture
By bcrules82 on 4/1/2014 10:48:49 PM , Rating: 2
MIPS is an incredibly mature and stable architecture in comparison with ARM, and has had 64-bit support since the 90s. I would worry more about the rest of the IP included.

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