£50 MIPS is a micro-computer running Android and Linux (Wired UK)

MIPS Creator CI20

Imagination Technologies

Rapberri Pis are all the rage these
days, but now there’s a new kid on the micro-computing block.
Unveiled by British chip design company Imagination Technologies,
the MIPS Creator CI20 is being dubbed as a rival mini-comp to the
venerable Pi.

Running both Android and Linux systems, the MIPS Creator CI20 is an
affordable micro-computer ($65/£50) that packs a micro punch. It
possesses more memory and on-board storage space, as well as a more
powerful processor than Pi. 

For those that want to know the nitty gritty, the development
board has a 1.2GHz MIPS32-based, dual-core processor, video
hardware for low power 1080p decoding at 30fps, and connectivity
options that offer Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection, to
name a few perks. 

The MIPS Creator CI20 was initially introduced in August 2014 as
a limited promotional giveaway for the likes of developers, university students and
hobbyists. Following the popularity of the promotional offer,
Imagination Technologies chose to take its project a step

Commenting on the contribution of Imagination Technologies to
the “choice, affordability, power and variety of Linux development
boards” on the market today, Mike Woster, COO and VP of business
development for The Linux Foundation said: “Whether as a DIY or
design platform, work like this is sure to attract more developers
and help kick off new applications.”

While comparisons between the Pi and the Creator CI20 as fellow
micro-computers seems logical, principal technology analyst at the
Davies Murphy Group consultancy Chris Green says it’s not that
straight forward. 

“It’s very difficult to compare the two, you have to remember
that the Raspberry Pi is a foundation with a charitable aim — it’s
more of a movement,” he told WIRED.co.uk. “The Creator CI20 is a
commercial product.” 

“It won’t make as big a splash as the Pi did, however, I think
it’s a good option for more advanced platform Android developers,”
noted Green. “What is has in its favour is that it runs Linux and
Android, which makes it a cheap way you can play with Android and
potentially produce apps.

“It will be interesting to see how sales of the product [Creator
CI20] go, what commercial support it garners,” commented Green, who
noted that the Pi had been relatively unchallenged thus far in the
market space. 

The MIPS Creator CI20 is available to pre-order and units
will be dispatched at the end of January 2015.

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5 December 2014 | 5:43 pm – Source: wired.co.uk


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