Imagination Technologies has donated a set of embedded systems development kits to the Electronics & Computer Science department at the University of Southampton.

The development systems, called METAmorphs, are based on a single chip SoC (system on chip) that incorporates both a META HTP multi-threaded processor core from Imagination’s META family, as well as Imagination’s ENSIGMA UCCP (Universal Communications Core Platform) radio-processing unit (RPU) to provide programmable multi-standard broadcast receiver and Wi-Fi connectivity tasks. The META processor is ideal for both running operating systems such as Linux and Imagination’s MeOS™ real-time OS, as well as advanced 32-bit signal processing. This unique highly integrated SoC based development system provides a uniquely powerful research and development platform for students.

Says Professor Neil White, Head of ECS (Electronics and Computer Science), University of Southampton: “We very much value our relationship with Imagination Technologies, which is pioneering innovation in electronics in the UK and internationally. By supporting student projects using Imagination’s latest technology, providing advice on industry needs, and by employing our students on placements, Imagination is helping to ensure that ECS can continue to provide the high level of graduates needed for future UK industrial success.”

The METAmorph systems give students access to the same technologies which have been deployed in millions of shipping products across the TV, set-top-box, digital and FM radio and connected audio markets.

Says Denis Nicole, reader in Electronics and Computer Science at the University: “Third-year students at Southampton are very grateful for these cutting-edge connected processor development systems from Imagination Technologies. Providing these systems has allowed students on the Real-Time Systems course to develop a broad range of multi-threaded DSP programs using Imagination’s Codescape tools which are tightly integrated with the METAmorph platforms. Students are particularly encouraged to be using the same components that are found in the latest high street connected digital radios, and to be associated with one of the world’s most successful UK-based electronics companies, where some hope to make their future careers.”

About the author: David Harold

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David Harold is senior director for marketing communications at Imagination Technologies. David worked for several advertising and PR agencies promoting everything from fashion to valves before specialising in technology. David joined Imagination in 1998 and has been with the company though its rebranding from VideoLogic, its entry into the console and mobile markets, the launch of the Pure brand, and the launches of key products including Pure’s Evoke, Bug and Sensia, Caustic’s R2500 and R2100 ray tracing boards and Imagination’s Ensigma, Meta, PowerVR and Flow IPs.

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