Imagination goes Android for META Linux kernel

Imagination Technologies has announced Android support for its META multi-threaded processor family, including META connected application platform solutions.

The complete Google Android OS (Operating System) has been ported to run on the META Linux kernel and offers full SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processor) and hotplug features. Android for META runs standard binary Android apps and features an optimised port of the Dalvik VM (Virtual Machine) written especially for META.

“Only META-based SoC platforms can combine Android over one or more hardware threads with demanding real-time and native DSP algorithms all on the same SoC processor platform,” says Tony King-Smith. Marketing director of Imagination.

“This makes META an increasingly unique and attractive for end product designers wishing to combine the flexibility of Android applications with demanding real-time DSP or communications tasks in a highly optimised cost engineered single-chip based solution, especially when combined with IP from our ENSIGMA and POWERVR IP portfolio.”
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META multi-threaded processor and META connected application platform solutions, which combine META processor and ENSIGMA connectivity technologies, are designed to power the ‘Internet Everywhere’ generation of consumer electronics.

META provides a scalable Android solution from very small footprint and highly-efficient processors up to very high performance SoCs.

Imagination is demonstrating an entry level META connected application platform suitable for enhanced embedded devices such as connected radios, smart photo-frames, information terminals, thin client devices, internet edge appliances, tablets and set-top-boxes.

The META family of 32-bit SoC processor IP cores is a range of embedded processors that use hardware multi-threading to combine both general purpose and DSP capabilities with exceptional tolerance to SoC system latencies while also delivering extremely fast and deterministic real-time response, which makes them ideal for SoC applications.

David Manners

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