December 5, 2011 -- MIPS Technologies, Inc. and Ingenic Semiconductor Co., Ltd. today announced worldwide availability of the world's first tablet based on Android 4.0, known as "Ice Cream Sandwich," that is retailing for less than $100. The tablet is powered by Ingenic's JZ4770 mobile applications processor, which leverages a MIPS-Based XBurst CPU running at 1GHz.
According to Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google, "I'm thrilled to see the entrance of MIPS-Based Android 4.0 tablets into the market. Low-cost, high-performance tablets are a big win for mobile consumers and a strong illustration of how Android's openness drives innovation and competition for the benefit of consumers around the world."
The new Android 4.0 tablet is available in China and online through Ainol Electronics Co., Ltd. It will be available in the United States and other geographies within the next several months under brands from companies including Leader International Inc. and OMG Electronics, Ltd.
The new tablet is available with a 7-inch capacitive multi-touch screen; 8-inch and 9-inch form factors will be available soon. All versions include support for WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, HDMI 1.3 and microSD, as well as 3D graphics with the Vivante GC860 GPU, 1080p video decoding and dual front/ rear cameras. The XBurst processor's power-efficient architecture provides extended battery life, with the 7-inch tablet drawing less than 400mA during active web browsing.
About the Ingenic JZ4770 SOC
The Ingenic JZ4770 SOC inside of the new tablet is one of the first MIPS-based system-on-chips (SOCs) targeted for mobile devices that delivers 1-GHz+ frequency, increasingly a requirement for tablets and other devices that incorporate rich multimedia and high-performance applications/ functionality. The JZ4770 SoC is powered by a MIPS32 compatible XBurst CPU designed by Ingenic. The XBurst CPU core adopts an ultra-low-power pipelining architecture that consumes less than 90mW in 1GHz (with L1 cache), and the entire SOC consumes approximately 250mW with the CPU and video engine operating under full load. In addition to the XBurst CPU, the JZ4770 SOC integrates an optimized 1080p video processing engine, OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics processing unit from Vivante Corp. and numerous on-chip analog and application blocks such as audio codecs and GPS.
Availability and Pricing
Ingenic's JZ4770 SOC for Android 4.0 tablets is available now. The new Android 4.0 tablet is available in China and online through Ainol Electronics Co., Ltd.. The 7-inch tablet retails for less than $100 non-subsidized. The tablet will be available in other geographies within the next several months.
Go to the MIPS Technologies, Inc. website to find additional information.