Imagination Tech reveals Warrior CPU core to fight (uphill) battle against ARM
This news isn’t remotely surprising, given Imagination Tech’s recent acquisition of CPU designer MIPS, but reporting it still gives us a little flutter of excitement. And for good reason: Imagination has just revealed that its first MIPS-based CPU core, which should be able to run Android, will be introduced by the end of this year, and that it’ll go by the totally appropriate codename of Warrior (or, less dramatically, “MIPS Series5″). The core’s first battle will be to prove that the MIPS architecture really can be a competitive alternative to ARM (which uses a similar low-power RISC architecture) and that Imagination didn’t just blow $100 million on hot air. Speaking of which, the attached press release comes with plenty of bold claims, including a statement that the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Warrior will offer “best-in-class performance and efficiency,” and a promise that Imagination “will change the landscape for CPU IP.” We have no idea how all of this is going to play out, but we fully intend to be ringside when it does.
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