Imagination Tech, noted for its PowerVR graphics processors for mobile devices, have now released a new M200 chip and Newton2 developer platform for wearables.
The M200 chip is a dual-core processor based on the XBurst application processor tailored specifically for wearables. It is unusual in the sense that it does not conform to the standard symmetrical dual-core set up of two cores with equal performance. The M200 instead boasts a 1,2GHz core and a secondary, low-power core clocking in at 300MHz. The obvious advantage of this set up is of course energy efficiency, with the chip consuming a meager 150mW. The chip also features an integrated graphics processing unit complete with OpenGL ES 2.0 support. It is also capable of low power decoding and encoding of codecs such as H.264 and VP8.
The Newton2 platform is the successor to Imagination’s original Newton platform, designed to offer a fully integrated design environment for developers that want to work on wearables or even Internet of Things products that would be powered by the M200. It consists of a main CPU which is the M200, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a 4GB eMCP memory module, connectors for external displays as well as a Ricoh power management system. It runs on either Android or Linux. The Newton2 is also smaller than its predecessor, measuring at 15×30 mm. Like the M200, the Newton2 also boasts more efficient power consumption at 3mW.
It looks like Imagination is set on helping out developers to further expand wearables and its features.
Source: Android Authority