Imagination launches first Warrior cpu core

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Imagination Technologies has taken the wraps off its new MIPS P5600 central processor core, its first Warrior P-class cpu design for mobile devices.

Featuring 128bit SIMD and hardware virtualisation with 'leading' 32bit performance, the Series5 generation core will be offered with as many as six cores and a clock speed of 2GHz or more. As well as being 30% smaller than comparable cpu cores, Imagination says the P5600 provides twice the performance of the current proAptiv MIPS chips at the same clock speed and manufacturing process. Tony King-Smith, Imagination's executive vp marketing, commented: "This is about much more than the arrival of yet another cpu IP core. This is the start of something much bigger – the rollout of a comprehensive family of next-generation cpu s that will change the cpu IP landscape forever. "As we continue to roll out MIPS Series5 products to address the applications spectrum from entry level to the high end, we will provide levels of performance, efficiency and functionality that surpass other offerings in the market. Many more Warriors are coming." Imagination announced in June that it would be launching a 'new generation' of 32 and 64bit MIPS cpus later this year. The devices, according to ceo Hossein Yassaie, "will provide levels of performance, efficiency and functionality that go beyond other offerings in the market."