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.