Ingenic JZ4780 is a dual-core MIPS CPU for Android tablets

Chip designer MIPS and manufacturer Ingenic have introduced a new dual core system-on-a-chip called the Ingenic JZ4780. It’s designed for low power mobile devices, and the companies plan to show off a 10 inch Android 4.1 tablet featuring the new processor at CES.

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The JZ4780 is a 1.3 GHz dual core MIPS Xburst processor with a 40nm design. It can handle 1080p HD video playback and encoding thanks to a PowerVR SGX 540 graphics ad a video processing unit.

The chip also supports HDMI, LVDS, and GPS.

MIPS doesn’t get as much attention in the mobile space as competitor ARM, but the company has been making low power chips for decades, and chip designs from MIPS Technologies are popular with makers of embedded systems such as set-top-boxes, modems, and telecommunications equipment.

We’ve seen a handful of Android tablets featuring MIPS chips in recent years, and with the introduction of the JZ4780 and a tablet reference designs, it seems like the company is making a push to get into the growing tablet space.

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via CNX Software

  • brian

    talk about not getting it! Last one had a vivante gpu, this one a powervr? These guys could carve out an extremely profitable niche if they used modules which have fully open drivers!

    • Jml

      The Company that makes powervr bought MIPS that’s why. I wish they would have better drivers.

      • raddude9

        Either way, now that AMD produce impressive low power x86 chips, there’s no need for this kind of alternative.

  • Jimbo75

    Sadly, I had a tablet [Novo7 Paladin] with a single core MIPS processor. It will not run 40-50% of the things in Google’s Play Store.