New MIPS Creator CI20 Development Board For Linux And Android Debuts #Creator CI20


Features a 1.2GHz MIPS-based, dual-core Ingenic apps processor that runs Debian 7 and Android 4.4 KitKat

A few weeks ago, when I first published an article titled MIPS CPUs, the perfect Linux machines, the first question I got from a lot of developers from the Linux community was:
When can I get access to a MIPS-based development board capable of running Linux and equipped with ?Today I am able to answer that question: for developers looking to run Linux on a MIPS CPU, we are introducing MIPS Creator CI20, a platform running Debian 7 and (soon) Android 4.4 KitKat.

What is MIPS Creator CI20?

Creator is a new programme from Imagination which will provide low cost development systems for use by the open source community, enthusiast, hobbyist, cross platform developers (i.e. Arduino), and partners looking to create applications using our IP technologies. It covers all our SoC IP processors: MIPS, PowerVR and Ensigma.
MIPS Creator CI20 is the first project – with more to follow, aiming to proliferate the use and visibility of MIPS CPUs in the Linux and Android developer space. It is also a great resource for universities, schools and other academic institutions; in fact, we have several universities already lined up to receive a few hundreds of these boards.
MIPS-Creator-C120_Close-up3_RGBThe new MIPS Creator CI20 development boardMIPS Creator CI20 measures 90.2 mm x 95.3 mm and includes an Ingenic JZ4780 apps processor which is able to support Linux-based operating systems, including Android. Ingenic JZ4780 is a high performance, ultra-low power SoC using a MIPS32-based dual-core CPU clocked at 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.
MIPS Creator CI20 - Ingenic JZ4780 - MIPS Xburst Ingenic JZ4780 is a 1.2GHz+ MIPS-based dual-core apps processor that also includes a PowerVR SGX540 GPUMIPS Creator CI20 has a rich complement of communications and multimedia capabilities. On top of a fast Ethernet connection, CI20 is one of the few development boards on the market to offer both high-speed Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
Additionally, the Creator CI20 dev board is a multimedia powerhouse that has a OpenGL ES 2.0-capable PowerVR SGX540 GPU and dedicated video hardware for a suite of video codecs, including MPEG-4, H.264, VP8, MPEG-2, RV9 and others, making it ideal for HTPC enthusiasts.
You also get two USB ports (EHCI and OTG) and many more peripheral I/Os (GPIO, SPI, I2C, infrared, JTAG, etc.). An HDMI connector is included for connection to a monitor screen and the board comes with an external 5V power supply.
MIPS-Creator-CI20-Raspberry-Pi-BeagleBone-Black_nThe board features numerous multimedia and connectivity optionsThe board can boot operating systems directly from flash memory or from an SD card. OS images are available for Debian 7, Gentoo, Yocto, Arch, and other Linux distros – with Android v4.4 soon to arrive too. The Linux kernel BSP (currently for 3.0.8 and 3.16) is open on github and up-streamed imminently; graphics support includes Xorg-compliant OpenGL 2.1 and OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 drivers.
MIPS Creator CI20 - Running Debian-7MIPS Creator I20 running Debian 7 in our demo roomMIPS Creator CI20 is one of the development boards that will work with many of the software projects hosted by the recently-launched prpl foundation. prpl (pronounced “purple”) is an open-source, non-profit foundation that encourages collaboration among the Linux community. The group is targeting and supporting the MIPS architecture – while being open to others too – so that developers can create portable software for next-generation devices.    

Pre-order your MIPS Creator CI20 microcomputer for $65/£50

Today, I’m extremely excited to announce we are ready to embark on a new adventure. For the first time in the history of computing, MIPS and PowerVR meet in an affordable Linux and Android development board that will be easily accessible to everyone. We will be selling the Creator CI20 boards straight from our store (click the buttons below to pre-order one now). North America and Europe will be the first regions to get it in late January, followed by a gradual rollout to other territories.
Buy Creator CI20$65/£50 gets you a fully connected, high performance microcomputing platform that can be used for a wide variety of applications. Here is a brief list of the key specifications:
Processor: 1.2 GHz dual-core, MIPS32-based Ingenic JZ4780 SoC, 32kB L1 I- and D-cache, 512kB L2 cacheFPU: IEEE754 Floating Point Unit, XBurst MXUMultimedia: PowerVR SGX540 GPU, hardware-accelerated video playback up to 1080p at 60 fpsMemory: 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 4 GB flash memory, 1 x SD cardAudio: AC97 audio, via 4-pin input/output jack and HDMI connectorCamera interface: ITU-R BT.645 controllerConnectivity: 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0Display: 1 x HDMI up to 2K resolutionUSB: 1 x USB host, 1 x USB OTG deviceI/O peripherals: 2 x UART, 25 x GPIO, 2 x SPI, I2C, ADC, expansion headers, 14-pin ETAG connector