21st February 2002

Co-Development With STMicroelectronics on Pocket Multimedia Platform for Mobile Multimedia and Entertainment Applications


Imagination Technologies, the leading provider of human-computer interface intellectual property (IP), announces today that it has signed a letter of intent for the co-development of a mobile multimedia entertainment platform with STMicroelectronics, the world’s leading provider of System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions for digital consumer applications.

STMicroelectronics and Imagination Technologies share a vision of the digital convergence requirements for mobile systems and the need to offer competitive low-power solutions to concurrently perform audio, video and graphics features.

The STMicroelectronics Pocket Multimedia (PMM) platform targets handheld entertainment applications such as audio and video playback and 3D gaming with stringent power consumption requirements. By using this platform, OEMs will be able to design cost-effective devices based on a proven set of IP for battery-powered applications and to secure short time-to-volume production. PMM is integrating a SuperH, Inc™ low-power RISC core with Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR MBX 3D/2D and video acceleration mobile graphics technology along with other technologies from STMicroelectronics.

Philippe Quinio, Marketing Director, Consumer and Microcontrollers Groups, STMicroelectronics, commented:

“”;We have been impressed by the performance of the PowerVR MBX, which exceeds the capabilities of any other handheld graphics core despite the stringent silicon and power budgets inherent in mobile consumer devices.””;

Hossein Yassaie, Chief Executive of Imagination, commented:

“”;ST is the world leader in this area. We believe that this co-development will result in a market-leading mobile multimedia platform for this potentially huge market.””;


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