Now this is REALLY interesting!
Remember that Mobile OS called Android? Remember how we’ve seen a number of Mobile devices running it? Funny that! But now a company has taken Android beyond the Mobile device, and in to the living room! MIPS is making a slew of announcements regarding the company’s Android platform. MIPS is the first company to have ported Android on to processor cores for home entertainment systems.
They’ve got various streams of PR coming out around the CES show:
- MIPS ANDROID @ CES: MIPS will bring Android ‘home’ at CES by demoing the world’s first Android set-top boxes, Android running on a MIPS-based netbook and the world’s first social media center for Android-based embedded platforms. MIPS will be at the Hilton Hotel, Suite 28-128. Suite hours will be from 10am – 6pm from Thursday (1/7) to Saturday (1/9).
- Adobe: MIPS has partnered with Adobe and joined the Open Screen Project to collaborate and optimize Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for the MIPS architecture. The partnership shows MIPS’ commitment to supporting key platforms that will enable the next-generation of connected multimedia devices, and Adobe Flash Player is an essential element of the rich web experience in these products.
- Ecosystem: MIPS is working with key semiconductor IP firms like Chips & Media, Discretix, Tensilica, Vivante Corp. and others to help customers meet cost/performance targets with solutions that optimize performance for devices based on the Android platform.
- MStar: The company has licensed MIPS’ multi-threaded processor for next generation devices, including DTV ICs.
- ViXS: Has partnered with MIPS to enable advanced set-top box, connect TV, Blu-ray disc and video network processor applications using the MIPS 74k and 1004k platforms.
Each of these announcements might not mean that much, but put together, you can see that MIPS has addressed a number of areas which all need to be supported properly, in order to make a success of a product – or as is often termed, ‘an end-to-end approach’. That should mean their Android offering is particularly strong, and could be picked up by CE vendors, as a quick route to a lightweight platform that can natively and easily run internet services.
It’s good to see Android stretching it’s legs and making a dash for other consumer electronics than just the Mobile – in the short to medium term I guess we’ll see what the adoption of it as home entertainment platform is like.