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It’s hip to be square.

Today Imagination is releasing a new version of the Creator CI20 microcomputer that features an updated design. The square shape improves Wi-Fi performance and makes it easier for makers to mount the board on top of various other components.

I’ve been fortunate to spend a few minutes with a pre-production prototype at our local office in Kings Langley and I must say the new PCB looks really cool; even for an early version, it also feels very well-built.

We took the board for a photoshoot and I noticed that all the chips on the printed board appear to be black. This little detail is sure to raise the board’s popularity among the electro-goth crowd; here is a sample image:

Creator CI20 (top view)The software is getting a substantial reboot too – a big thank you to the team for making it happen. Android 4.4 KitKat now packs more multimedia-focused features (full list here) and Linux is getting updated to a new kernel. Part of this effort involves getting the PowerVR SGX and display drivers ported onto a new Xorg ABI which can be a lot of work.

Next stop is Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo where I’ll be showing Creator CI20 using our FlowCloud API to monitor ambiental temperature and humidity. There may be a remote-controlled robot or two on top of that as well – but nothing to be afraid of.

Because robots are so friendly.