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Imagination Technologies launches dual-core processor for smartwatches and other wearables

Imagination Technologies launches dual-core processor for smartwatches and other wearables

Imagination Technologies launches dual-core processor for smartwatches and other wearables

Imagination Technologies launches dual-core processor for smartwatches and other wearables

Above: Ingenic Newton2 will power wearable devices.

Image Credit: Imagination

Imagination Technologies is unveiling a dual-core processor for wearable devices such as smartwatches today.

The MIPS-based Ingenic Newton2 platform and Ingenic M200 wearable chip offer an easy way for device makers to create the electronic innards of a wearable device, such as a smartwatch. The new module reduces the area and power required by 50 percent, and it has a MIPS-based processor that is specifically designed for wearable devices, which need enough performance to power a display but also need to operate on low battery consumption.

One MIPS central processing unit (CPU) runs at 1.2 gigahertz, while the other one runs at 300 megahertz for low-power operations. It has a full multimedia subsystem with graphics, video, and imaging engines. The Ingenic chips are used in the new GEAK Watch 2 (pictured at top), a wearable that has 15 days of battery life.

The new platform is a successor the Ingenic Newton, introduced earlier this year. The Newton2 is even more powerful, yet it fits in hardware that measures 15 millimeters by 30 millimeters. Target applications include smartwatches, augmented reality headsets, smart glasses, smart cameras, healthcare monitors, fitness bands, activity trackers, smart clothing, and sleep sensors. The platform runs the latest versions of the Android and Linux operating systems.

Ingenic Newton2 wearable platform

Above: Ingenic Newton2 wearable platform

Image Credit: Imagination

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