Hit by the loss of major client Apple, Imagination Technologies plans to sell off its MIPS and Ensigma divisions. The move signals a shift away from previous plans to diversify out from graphics processors.
At DAC 2014, some 30 per cent of exhibitors are IP suppliers, offering design services or both, demonstrating how system-level design is about building on what has gone before.
Newton, a MIPS based board from Ingenic, is optimized for Android Gear smartwatches, wearables and IoT designs.
Imagination Technologies' MIPS group has launched processor cores that include support for virtualization and measures to prevent reverse engineering.
Microchip Technology has become the latest company to use easy access to middleware to encourage embedded-systems developers to move over to its platform.
In a deal that pits the company head to head with ARM, Imagination Technologies has decided to buy the business of MIPS Technologies including the CPU architectures and cores. The price tag is $60m cash.
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