Monday, June 06, 2011

SiS continues to push Android into the home on MIPS

SiS Selects MIPS’ Newest Multicore Processor for Next Generation Internet TVBy Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

Taiwan’s Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) has licensed the new superscalar multiprocessing MIPS32 1074Kf Coherent Processing System (CPS) for next generation designs based on the Android operating system.
“Android is fundamentally changing the embedded world, enabling the industry to move beyond fragmented, proprietary operating systems that use a number of different kernels, to a single framework for application development. SiS and MIPS share a vision of how the power of Android will transform the consumer entertainment experience in the digital home. We are excited to work with SiS and other members of the Android on MIPS ecosystem to help make this vision a reality,” said Art Swift, vice president of marketing and business development, MIPS Technologies.
“We have collaborated closely with MIPS to deliver an ideal user experience through Android in our MIPS-Based internet TV solutions. With our highly competitive products, we are helping to expand the internet TV market segment beyond the high-end into the mainstream. With our next-generation chip based on the 1074K CPS, targeting 1GHz frequency, our goal is to enable more consumers to enjoy cloud entertainment in the digital era,” said Michael Chen, president of SiS.
A new highly-integrated internet TV platform from SiS uses dual core MIPS processors to support customized widgets and support for popular services including YouTube, Facebook, eBay, Flickr, weather and finance, as well as online film rental. It supports high-end graphics and enhanced video processing as well as Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for Flash and video streaming on TV. It also supports video on demand recording and Skype for internet communications. It is designed for seamless interoperability with other Android devices such as tablets and smartphones, which can be used for remote control and video sharing.
With its license of the MIPS32 1074K CPS, SiS will be able to leverage a new level of performance for its next-generation designs. The 1074K CPS was designed to bring multicore performance to the next generation of internet-connected multimedia products such as digital televisions, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes (STBs), as well as home/wireless networking products and tablet computers leveraging the popular Android operating system.

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