Imagination launches first MIPS Warrior P-class CPU core

October 16, 2013

Toni_McConnel-October 16, 2013

The new MIPS Series5 ‘Warrior P-class’ CPU from Imagination Technologies delivers 32-bit performance together with class-leading low power characteristics in a silicon footprint up to 30% smaller than comparable CPU cores. The P5600 supports multicore configurations of up to six cores per cluster with high-performance cache coherency, hardware virtualization, 128-bit SIMD, plus significant microarchitecture optimizations for maximizing SoC system performance. The P5600 is designed for SoCs targeting next-generation mobile phones and tablets, connected consumer products such as set-top boxes, DTVs and multiroom multi-channel audio systems, home and office networking, and micro-servers.

MIPS P5600 by the numbers:

  • Achieves high-end CPU IP performance exceeding 5 CoreMark/MHz with 3.5 DMIPS/MHz
  • Provides 1.2x – 2x performance gains on a wide variety of system-oriented benchmarks, including SPECint2000, Linpack, and Javascript/Browser tests, and 2x – 3x higher data movement on widely-used routines such as MemCopy libraries
  • Silicon footprint up to 30% smaller than competing IP cores
  • Can implement to a very wide range of performance, power and area footprints spanning 1GHz to above 2GHz


Starting with the P5600, MIPS Series5 cores embrace hardware virtualization from the entry level to the high end, with simple, flexible and complete virtualization across the MIPS Series5 range. The P5600 core is optimized to support multiple security contexts, leveraging technology from Imagination and ecosystem partners for mobile, connected consumer, IoT and other segments. The platform scales to support secure content delivery, secure payments, identity protection and more across multiple applications and content sources.

The P5600 is the first MIPS CPU core to feature full 128-bit SIMD support, delivering the highest performance for a wide range of tasks that can exploit the efficiencies of SIMD execution in data-parallel applications such as audio codecs, image processing, DSP, low-level simple 2D graphics and other media-rich applications. The SIMD engine used in the P5600 supports a wide variety of data types from 8-bit integer up to native double precision floating point operations.

The P5600 incorporates Enhanced Virtual Address (EVA) and Extended Physical Address (XPA) features that enable scalability to future generations of products. EVA enhances the effective use of the virtual memory space in the P5600, allowing both user and kernel space to access more than 3GB of space each without the need for HIGHMEM support in Linux. XPA extends the physical addressing capabilities of the P5600 up to 1 Terabyte. In combination with hardware virtualization, EVA and XPA extend the usability of the P5600 well beyond other 32-bit CPUs.

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