Brazilian smart city power chip maker choses MIPS

March 06, 2017 // By Nick Flaherty
Unitec Semiconductores in Brazil is using a MIPS M-class CPU as a controller in a new power management chip for smart city applications.

The MIPS microAptiv MCU IP core is a highly efficient, compact core ideal for microcontrollers (MCUs) and embedded applications that have real-time requirements with a high level of performance efficiency and security needs. It is the smallest, lowest power CPU family available from Imagination Technologies in London, which says the core has a higher performance than competing converged MCU/DSP cores. The power management chip will be used in products from its equipment subsidiary, Unitec Solutions.

Unitec Semicondutores is the biggest and the most modern semiconductor fab in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in Brazil, the company is working to improve the technology sectors in the country and in Latin America. Unitec has wide capability to design and develop products by acting in the whole integrated circuits production process for smart cities, smartcards, industrial applications and life sciences. The company has IoT as an important business focus for its technologies. Unitec has as shareholders the Brazilian National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES), Corporación America, Minas Gerais Development Bank (BDMG), IBM, Matec and WS In Tecs. 

"Through our combination of semiconductors and solutions, Unitec is developing highly competitive products for smart cities, IoT, industrial applications, life sciences and other exciting areas," said José Vidal, Unitec’s vice-president. "Our goal is to make people’s lives better through innovation. We’ve had a very positive experience with Imagination, from the high quality and performance of its MIPS CPU IP to the great support the company provides. We look forward to future strategic collaboration with Imagination.”

“Many factors are coming together in Brazil including ecosystem development, industrial policies and the emergence of new growth markets such as IoT and smart cities, which are all combining to create a great opportunity for semiconductor enterprises. MIPS M-class CPUs are ideally suited for many embedded CPU applications, and we’re delighted that an innovative company like Unitec has selected MIPS for its forthcoming chip,” said Jim Nicholas, EVP MIPS Processor IP, Imagination