Imagination Creator

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Creator Ci20
IMG Creator logo.png
Release date November 2014 (2014-11) (Updated May 2015 (2015-05))
Introductory price £50, US$65
Operating system Debian 7, Android KitKat 4.4
CPU Dual-core 1.2 GHz MIPS32 processor, 32k I&D L1 cache, 512k L2 cache
Memory 1 GB DDR3
Storage 8 GB Flash
Graphics PowerVR SGX540 GPU
Website www.imgtec.com/creator

Creator is a family of single-board computers developed by Imagination Technologies to promote educational research and software development based on the MIPS architecture. The first board in the platform, the Creator Ci20, was released in August 2014.[1] A second development kit called Creator Ci40 was introduced through a Kickstarter campaign in November 2015.[2]

Hardware[edit]

Creator Ci20[edit]

The Creator Ci20 board[3] is based on an Ingenic JZ4780 mobile-class application processor, which contains a dual-core 1.2 GHz MIPS32 CPU with 32k I&D L1 cache and 512k L2 cache and an IEEE754 Floating Point Unit, coupled with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. This processor supports MXU, a 32-bit SIMD extension. In addition, the board provides:

  • 8 GB of flash and 1 GB of DDR3 SDRAM memory
  • Video playback up to 1080p
  • AC97 audio, via 4-pin input/output jack and HDMI connector
  • Camera interface – ITU645 controller
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • HDMI output up to 2K resolution
  • 2 x USB – host and OTG
  • 14-pin EJTAG connector
  • 2 x UART, GPIO, SPI, I2C, ADC, expansion headers

Creator Ci40[edit]

The Creator Ci40 board [4] is based on a cXT200 chip optimized specifically for IoT applications which contains a dual-core, dual-threaded 550 MHz MIPS interAptiv CPU with 32k I&D L1 cache and 512k L2 cache and an IEEE754 Floating Point Unit coupled with an Ensigma C4500 Wi-Fi radio processor. In addition, the board provides:

  • 512 MB of NAND flash memory and 256 MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • 1 x micro SD card
  • 802.11b/g/n/ac 2x2 Wi-Fi, 802.15.4 6LoWPAN dedicated chip, Bluetooth 4.1 (Classic + Smart, respectively)
  • Dedicated TPM chip
  • 1 x RJ45 Ethernet port
  • 1 x 3.5mm input/output jack, 1 x S/PDIF input/output connector
  • 32 x GPIO, 2 x mikroBUS i/f, 4 x PWM, 1 x SPI, 2 x UART, 2 x I2C, 5 x ADC, expansion headers, 14-pin EJTAG connector, 9 x indicator LEDs (7 x I/O, 1 x MCU),
  • 1 x micro USB 2.0 OTG

Software[edit]

All Creator boards support the Creator IoT Framework,[5] an open source software package based on the LWM2M protocol developed by the Open Mobile Alliance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New MIPS Creator Ci20 development board for Linux and Android debuts". Imagination Technologies. 27 Aug 2014. Retrieved 27 Sep 2015. 
  2. ^ "Creator Ci40: The ultimate IoT-in-a-box dev kit". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  3. ^ "Creator Ci20 - Imagination Community". Imagination Community. Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  4. ^ "Creator Ci40 - The ultimate IoT-in-a-box dev kit". Imagination Community. Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  5. ^ "Creator IoT Framework - Imagination Community". Imagination Community. Retrieved 2016-06-22.