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19 Jan 2015  | Stephen Padilla

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Low-cost MIPS dev kit runs Linux-based OS, Android

MIPS dev kit

Imagination Technologies unveiled MIPS Creator CI20, a 90.2mm x 95.3mm platform running Debian 7 and soon Android 4.4 KitKat.

Aimed at providing a low-cost development system for use by the open source community, the new platform includes an Ingenic JZ4780 apps processor, which is able to support Linux-based operating systems, including Android.

The company says it is giving away the first batch of these boards (a thousand units) for free to application developers that submit interesting projects on its website at

Ingenic JZ4780 is an ultra-low power SoC using a MIPS32-based dual-core CPU clocked at over 1.2GHz and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. The Ingenic XBurst architecture features both SIMD and FPU instruction sets; the FPU supports both single and double floating point, IEEE 754 compatible formats.

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