Imagination Technologies Offering MIPS Advanced Hardware For Free
Imagination Technologies, the creators of Apple mobile phone’s graphic chips and designs, has decided to take the MIPS mainstream in the world, however, this will not be an easy task and people at Imagination are well-aware of that, which is why they are going to offer their latest board to ambitious people for absolutely free.
Imagination Technologies is going to design this chip in Raspberry Pi-style and they have even decided to name it after its design by calling it “Raspberry Pi on Steroids”. As you may know that MIPS is direct rival to ARM, which is why there will be differences in both hardware and architecture of both of these devices, but most important thing is that it will be available for free, which could become a huge advantage for the company going forward.
This hardware is created with CI20 barebones board which can support the growing operating system Linux as well as Android 4.4, and it measures 90.2mm by 95.3mm. Furthermore, it has the power of 1.2 GHz MIPS 32 CPU, 1GB ram and finally a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, which is the same GPU that is being used in the devices such as Kindle Fire, Razr I and Google Glass.
The graphical power is just a start though, as this hardware also comes with dedicated video controllers that will be able to support up to 1080p display with 60 frames per second. In addition to that, you will get 8GB of hard disk storage space alongside a SD card reader (full size) and it will have the support for Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. Finally, it will have two USB ports and an HDMI output port.
Now, all of these features of Raspberry Pi are looking good and I am sure that you are dying to get your hands on it. To do that you will have to visit the official website of Imagination Technologies and get yourself signed up on the online store, where you will have to give details on what are you planning to do with this hardware, and then company will constantly check up on you to see if everything is in order and your project is going fine.
This is a big step from Imagination Technologies as it will bring hopes to people who are not able to afford the hardware like this, and it is also good for the company as it will bring in customers that will stay in touch for a long time and will also provide some goodwill to the organization.
Note: Due to a lot of people trying to get their hands on the hardware, the website has gone down and Imagination Technologies has told everyone to calm down and wait until the website is back online.
Source: Imagination Technologies Blog