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Imagination takes on ARM and x86 with free MIPS CPU access

UK processor designer Imagination Technologies is offering a free and open access complete MIPS CPU to universities. While this initiative is positioned as a boost to computing and electronic engineering studies, it could also serve to boost the adoption of MIPS architecture as it battles giant rival microarchitectures ARM and Intel’s x86.

NXP says industry needs to ensure IoT is both simple and secure

Jeff Fonseca, the Regional Sales Director, Americas at chip vendor NXP has told Telecoms.com the entire telecoms industry needs to focus on ensuring the IoT delivers real value to consumers. Talking at the Mobile World Congress 2015, Fonseca said that while IoT has become an industry buzzword, the security and user simplicity of connected devices should be of paramount importance.

ARM, IBM partner to help IoT startups

ARM and IBM have jointly announced an Internet of Things starter kit that will enable developers to rapidly prototype mbed-based IoT applications using IBM’s platform-as-a-service offering Bluemix and a development board from Freescale, powered by an ARM Cortex-M4 processor, reports Business Cloud News. The companies are aiming the kit at startups, which hasn’t traditionally been IBM’s nor ARM’s target demographic.

Qualcomm gets off lightly with near $1bn Chinese antitrust fine

Mobile chip giant Qualcomm has announced it will pay a fine of 6 billion yuan, which currently equates to just under a billion dollars, that has been imposed on it by a Chinese antitrust authority having concluded Qualcomm violated anti-monopoly law.

ARM launches fastest mobile CPU core yet

UK low power chip designer ARM has announced the launch of its latest flagship CPU design – the Cortex-A72 – which promises almost double the performance and the energy efficiency of the previous high-end CPU design, the Cortex-A57.

Intel makes its wearables move

The US chip giant unveiled its Curie wearable module at CES 2015, based on its Quark SoC and intended for the nascent wearables market. However, with a bunch of ARM-based wearables already launched at the show, Intel is once more playing catch-up in mobile.

Intel launches IoT platform to take the fight to ARM

IT chip vendor Intel has launched an IoT (Internet of Things) platform, which it said will unify gateway, connectivity and security components thus also simplifying IoT deployments. The silicon giant has also announced integrated hardware and software products based on the Intel IoT Platform.

Qualcomm unveils Cat 10 LTE modem, announces server move

Mobile chip giant Qualcomm has unveiled its latest LTE modem, announcing that the Gobi 9×45 modem is the first Category 10 LTE modem. It is manufactured on the 20nm process, supports carrier aggregation across the TDD and FDD spectrum, and promises notional download speeds of up to 450 Mbps.

We finally understand operators, says Intel

An Intel executive has admitted that the company’s historical inability to win a share of the mobile space stemmed from its failure to properly understand the operator community. Herbert Weber, EMEA marketing director for mobile and communications at Intel, told Telecoms.com that the firm has since taken the time to understand the nuances between the PC and mobile business models and has adjusted its offerings and features accordingly to appeal to operators and consumers alike.

Android to be optimised for Intel’s Atom chips

Chip manufacturer Intel is teaming up with Google to ensure that future releases of the Android operating system are optimised for Intel’s Atom processors. Intel said that it wants to step up its efforts in the lucrative smartphone arena at the opening keynote of the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

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