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MIPS, Ingenic Semiconductor and Karbonn Mobiles Announce Low Cost Android in India

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August 06, 2012

MIPS, Ingenic Semiconductor and Karbonn Mobiles Announce Low Cost Android in India

By Sujata Garud, TMCnet Contributor

A recent study by ABI Research (News - Alert) revealed that the Indian media tablet market is expected to increase with a CAGR of 71 percent from 2011 to 2017. In-cashing on this opportunity, Karbonn Mobiles is making a low-cost Android (News - Alert) available in India. Android lovers in the nation will now have access to the Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean' tablet. Interested customers will be able be own a tablet by just paying INR 6999, about USD 125, via Karbonn website, as well as several online portals and retail outlets like Reliance Digital and Walmart.

The Karbonn Smart Tab 1 tablet is powered with the popular, ultra low-power MIPS-Based JZ4770 SoC from Ingenic. The announcement was made by MIPS Technologies (News - Alert), Inc. (MIPS), a provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for home entertainment, networking, mobile and embedded applications, in conjunction with Ingenic Semiconductor, a China-based CPU provider for mobile multimedia applications, and Karbonn Mobiles, a mobile brand and provider of attractively priced multimedia phones in the nation.

Karbonn announced the launch of the Karbonn Smart Tab 1 tablet equipped with the Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' operating system in early July. An upgrade to Android 4.1 will be available to customers who purchased this earlier version of the tablet. Gideon Intrater, vice president of marketing, MIPS Technologies, said that the company is seeing increasing success for the MIPS architecture in tablets, especially in emerging markets such as China, Indonesia and now India.

In a press release, Qiang Liu, chairman and CEO of Ingenic Semiconductor, said, “This new tablet demonstrates continued adoption of our cost-effective JZ4770 SoC in mobile devices. The JZ4770 SoC leverages the simplicity and elegance of the MIPS architecture, and features extremely low power consumption, 1.2GHz performance, and a high level of functional integration. Millions of tablets are already shipping around the globe based on our design, and we anticipate increasing success as more and more companies recognize the differentiation our solution can enable.”

MIPS has announced that its fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 earnings conference call will be held on August 7th. In conjunction with iPPea Inc., MIPS Technologies recently announced iPPea's new iPPea TV, an Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" dongle that brings the 'smart' Android experience to any HDMI-enabled DTV for $50 (U.S.). The iPPea TV device can be ordered now from iPPea.

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