MIPS Creator CI20 Now Available, Costs $65 USD
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 4 December 2014 at 02:04 PM EST. 21 Comments
While many Linux users still cringe over hearing Imagination Technologies due to their shoddy Linux graphics driver history with the PowerVR series and lack of open-source friendship, their MIPS Creator CI20 development board just became available for sale and in the months ahead we'll see how their Linux support evolves.

The MIPS Creator CI20 is a MIPS-based development board to take on the likes of all the low-cost ARM development boards from the Raspberry Pi to BeagleBone. The MIPS Creator CI20 features a 1.2GHz dual-core MIPS32 SoC, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB of DDR3 system memory, 4GB of flash memory, and one SD card. For connectivity there's Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100 Ethernet, and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi.

This MIPS development board was announced back in August but only today it's going up for sale with shipping to start in January. This dual-core MIPS board will set you back $65 USD with the first regions getting this board being the US and Europe. Imagination proclaimed today, "for the first time in the history of computing, MIPS and PowerVR meet in an affordable Linux and Android development board that will be easily accessible to everyone."

Both Linux and Android operating systems are to be supported. Sadly, Imagination Technologies made no announcement concerning the open-source support for this board with the PowerVR OpenGL driver surely to be a binary blob and no information on the driver state of the board's other components.

More details can be found via the Imagination blog.
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