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Android OS supports processor family

Posted: 15 Dec 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multi-core processor  Android OS 

Multimedia processor IP licensor Imagination Technologies plc says its Meta multi-threaded, multi-core processor family, including Meta-connected application platform solutions now have Android support.

The complete Google Android OS has been ported to run on the Meta Linux kernel and offers symmetric multi-processor and "hot-plug" features. Android for Meta runs standard binary Android apps and features an optimised port of the Dalvik virtual machine.

Meta enables a scalable Android approach that handles the Internet of things to Internet everywhere, according to Imagination. The company has demonstrated an entry-level Meta-connected application platform designed for embedded devices such as connected radios, smart photo-frames, information terminals, thin-client devices, Internet edge appliances, tablet computers and STBs.

Android OS held 25.5 per cent of the worldwide smart phone market share in Q3 2010, according to Gartner Inc. However, Android is intended to be deployed in a broad range of CE equipment beyond smart phones.

Imagination said it plans to add features to Android for Meta including integration of the PowerVR SGX graphics, VXD video decode, AXD audio and Engsigma communications and connectivity cores.

"The rich application environment offered by Android ensures that our Meta partners can take full advantage of the growing Android-based community of developers, middleware and content," said Tony King-Smith, VP of marketing for Imagination, in a statement.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times

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