2nd August 2013

Imagination and Hardkernel partner to deliver high-performance GPU capabilities on low-cost ODROID-XU development board

ODROID-XU board with Samsung Exynos 5410 Octa processor features advanced graphics and GPU compute support using high-performance PowerVR GPU


London,
UK – 2nd August 2013 –
Imagination Technologies
(IMG.L), a leading multimedia, processor, communications
and cloud technologies company, announced today that Hardkernel,
a hardware supplier specialized in affordable open development platforms, has
released the high-performance, low-cost ODROID-XU development board.

With ODROID-XU, developers can access
the following applications programming interfaces (APIs):

  • Full OpenGL ES 2.0 for Android and
    Linux and OpenGL 2.1 for Linux
  • A range of near OpenGL ES 3.0
    features due to a series of OpenGL ES 2.0 extensions for Android and Linux
  • OpenCL EP 1.1 for Linux
  • Renderscript and Filterscript for
    Android

The combination of all these capabilities
allows developers to create new and compelling applications for mobile, using
the full potential of Imagination’s PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

Says
Amit Rohatgi, VP of segment marketing, Imagination: “The ODROID-XU is an
excellent example of how Imagination, together with key ecosystem partners including
Hardkernel, is delivering on our strategic vision to enable the PowerVR developer
ecosystem with all of the resources they require to achieve market leadership. This
is part of our continued effort to grow the vibrant PowerVR developer community
through programs with silicon partners, tools and middleware vendors, and OEM
and hardware vendors.”

Thanks to the PowerVR GPU, ODROID-XU
developers can now access the full OpenCL EP API feature set in a
production-ready form. The development system also provides a unique set of advanced
features for the PowerVR GPU similar to the ones found in the next-generation
OpenGL ES 3.0 API standard in the form of OpenGL ES 2.0 API extensions,
enabling them to create new and more compelling applications leveraging the
advanced capabilities of the PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

Continues
Rohatgi: “We have been very impressed with Hardkernel’s integration work
utilizing our latest PowerVR Series5XT GPU. As a result, we feel Hardkernel is in
a strong position to deliver affordable, high-quality development boards to the
market, and provide developers with all of the hardware and software resources they
need to design applications for the next wave of mobile computing.”

Says
Justin Lee, CEO of Hardkernel: “We are very excited to offer developers access
to a mainstream, open platform that enables them to write advanced applications
which can take full advantage of the low-power, high-performance graphics and
GPU compute available on Imagination’s PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU.

”Working
with Imagination to optimize the PowerVR software for the ODRIOD-XU has been
very rewarding. By integrating the latest PowerVR Series5XT DDK (Driver
Development Kit), we have increased peak efficiency and lowered power
consumption so that developers can achieve new levels of performance in mobile
gaming, UI development and many other application areas.”

The
Exynos 5410 processor inside the ODROID-XU contains a PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU that
supports a wide variety of graphics and compute API standards such as OpenGL ES
1.1/2.0, OpenGL 2.1 and OpenCL EP 1.1.

The high-performance
Hardkernel ODROID-XU development board comes in a low-cost, micro-size form
factor. With 6x USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (optional), Ethernet, on-board audio
codec, SDIO ports and more, the boards are pre-loaded with the latest version
of the Android 4.2 operating system. Support for various flavours of Linux,
including Ubuntu, is coming soon.

For
full specifications and further information on how to order the ODROID-XU,
please visit www.hardkernel.com.

About Imagination’s OpenGL
ES 2.0 API extensions for PowerVR Series5XT GPUs

Because
of the advanced architecture of PowerVR Series5XT GPUs, Imagination is in a
rare position amongst today’s mobile GPU providers, of being able to offer
today some of the new and advanced features expected from future GPUs on
Imagination’s current Series5XT GPU technology, through API extensions without
any hardware changes or additional cost.

The
new extensions can enhance the delivered capabilities of today’s technology and
application processors based on that technology, and enable developers to
create apps that can access some of the features of OpenGL ES 3.0, taking them
into the next level of possibilities in visual effects and efficiency. These
features can also enhance the performance and power efficiency of today’s mobile
devices by enabling movement of more workload from the CPU to the GPU.

The
API extensions provide features such as: multiple render targets; occlusion
queries; seamless cube maps; sampler access from vertex shaders; floating point
textures; GLSL full-precision floating point; R and RG textures; min/max
blends; and multisample render buffers.

About Hardkernel

Hardkernel
is a worldwide hardware supplier that provides development environments and
platforms, hardware schematics and an open community for platform development.
Developers can design hardware and software for smart devices by using their low
cost, high performance ODROID platforms. For more information on Hardkernel and
ODROID, visit them at www.hardkernel.com.

About Imagination

Imagination Technologies – a global
leader in multimedia, processor, communication and cloud technologies – creates
and licenses market-leading processor solutions including graphics, video,
vision, CPU and embedded processing, multi-standard communications,
cross-platform V.VoIP and VoLTE, and cloud connectivity. These silicon and
software intellectual property (IP) solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are
complemented by an extensive portfolio of software, tools and ecosystems.
Target markets include mobile phone, connected home consumer, mobile and tablet
computing, in-car electronics, networking, telecoms, health, smart energy and
connected sensors. Imagination’s licensees include many of the world’s leading
semiconductor manufacturers, network operators and OEM/ODMs. Corporate
headquarters are located in the United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices
worldwide. See:
www.imgtec.com.

Imagination
Technologies’ Press Contacts:

UK: David Harold                                    david.harold@imgtec.com           +44
(0)1923 260 511

USA: Jen Bernier-Santarini                     jen.bernier@imgtec.com             +1 408-530-5178


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