The MIPS Creator CI20 is a single-board computer aimed at developers and hobbyists. In other words it’s a lot like a Raspberry Pi… but while the Raspberry Pi has an ARM-based processor the CI20 features a MIPS-based processor.
Since unveiling the device, the folks at Imagination Technologies have made two changes: there’s now 8GB of built-in storage (twice as much as originally planned), and the board is now purple instead of green.
Other features include a dual-core 1.2 GHz Ingenic JZ4780 MIPS32-based processor with PowerVR SGX540 graphics, 1GB of RAM, an SD card slot, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100 Ethernet, HDMI output, and USB and USB OTG ports.
The device ships with Debian 7 Linux, but it also supports Android 4.4 KitKat and other Linux-based operating systems.
The CI20 is aimed at developers interested in creating hardware and software projects based around MIPS processors, and it features GPIO, UART, I2C, ADC, and other connectors.
Imagination’s dev board costs about twice as much as a Raspberry Pi. But it has built-in storage, wireless capabilities, and other features which could make it worth the extra money… especially for folks interested in developing for MIPS hardware.