The new MIPS P5600 core delivers 32-bit performance together with low power characteristics in a silicon footprint up to 30% smaller than comparable CPU cores, meaning it could find its way in mobile, consumer and embedded applications.
The MIPS P5600 supports full 128-bit SIMD designed for high performance on data parallel operations (DSP, codecs, image processing, DSP, low-level simple 2D graphics and other). It supports hardware virtualization (as defined in the MIPS r5 architecture announced December 2012), security features (secure content delivery, secure payments, identity protection e.t.c) and up to six cores per cluster with high-performance cache coherency.
In addition, Enhanced Virtual Addressing (EVA) enables more flexible usage of virtual address space, allowing for efficient use of memory for larger footprint Linux implementations. Extended Physical Addressing (XPA) also allows a 32-bit system to access physical memory beyond the 32-bit limit, up to 1 Terabyte (40-bits).
MIPS Series5 cores share a common datapath for execution of all 32-bit and 64-bit code, ensuring that 32-bit binaries for any 'Warrior' CPU will run without change on any 64-bit 'Warrior' CPU. MIPS Series5 64-bit CPUs do not need any separate datapaths to run legacy 32-bit applications, eliminating wasted silicon area and power when migrating to 64-bit.
With the P5600, Imagination has also implemented a range of performance enhancing features compared to earlier generations of MIPS cores, including widened datapaths and buses, increased L2 cache prefetching, enhanced load/store bonding, and optimizations for JIT and browser applications.
Imagination plans to release more MIPS 'Warrior' CPUs over the next 12 months to comprise a portfolio of 64-bit and 32-bit variants.
Tony King-Smith, EVP marketing, Imagination, says: "We are proud to announce this first MIPS 'Warrior P-class' CPU. 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 CPUs 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!"
The P5600 will be available for licensing this quarter.