3rd March 2014

Imagination and partners deliver products to drive the next generation of mobile lifestyles at MWC 2014

PowerVR, MIPS and Ensigma processors at the heart of the latest devices enabling wearables, smartphones and more


London,
UK – 3rd March, 2014 – Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) reports
notable new silicon devices and mobile products using its range of SoC IP processors
at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 in Barcelona, which concluded on February
27th.

Imagination’s
technologies were at the heart of a broad range of products from the latest
mobile phones and tablets to IoT (internet of things) and wearables, and also enabled
exciting applications for imaging, augmented reality, gaming and more, which
were demonstrated at the show.

New
Imagination IP products unveiled at MWC 2014 included:

  • PowerVR
    V2500, the first imaging processor IP core based on the innovative PowerVR
    Raptor architecture
  • PowerVR
    GX6650, the powerful GPU which redefines performance in mobile with 192 built-in
    processing cores
  • MIPS
    Warrior M5100 and M5150 processors, the world’s first MCU-class CPU IP cores
    with hardware virtualization, which provide advanced security and reliability for
    wearables, IoT and more

Says
Tony King-Smith, EVP marketing at Imagination: “We’ve talked about emerging trends
such as wearables, IoT and smart cameras for some time now, and we have made
considerable investments to develop a complementary IP portfolio that enables
these products to get to market at every possible price and performance point.
By leveraging our industry-leading technologies, our customers are set to drive
the next wave of mobile innovation.”

Powering
the mobile lifestyle of tomorrow

At MWC, Imagination demonstrated an advanced GPU accelerated VP9 software
decoder for its industry-leading PowerVR Series6 Rogue GPUs. With the decoder,
developed in collaboration with Imagination’s strategic partner MulticoreWare,
existing products with PowerVR Series6 GPUs can play content using Google’s VP9,
a high-performance codec that addresses HD and 4K video, and will be used for
YouTube, Google Hangouts and other web-based video applications.

Imagination
also gave the first, exclusive, public demonstration of 3DMark’s Cloud Gate
benchmark test running on mobile hardware with PowerVR Series6 Rogue GPUs.
3DMark Cloud Gate is a new OpenGL ES 3.0 benchmark for mobile platforms from
Futuremark, a leading provider of high-performance benchmarking software.

PowerVR
graphics were also featured in many of the latest mobile application processor
SoCs, including:

  • Broadcom’s
    M320 and M340
  • Intel’s
    Z34xx (Merrifield) and Z35xx (Moorefield) with PowerVR Series6 GPUs with full
    OpenCL support
  • MediaTek’s
    MT8135 and MT6595 which features PowerVR Series6 and an LTE modem targeting
    mobile phone and tablet markets
  • Allwinner
    Technologies’ A80, which packs a PowerVR Series6 GPU with 64 built-in
    processing cores
  • Actions’
    OWL ATM7021, ATM7039 and ATM7029B chipsets which leverage Imagination’s PowerVR
    graphics to deliver compelling performance in devices including the Ramos K6
    and Ainol Spark II tablets

Demonstrations
of new applications on PowerVR included Advanced Augmented Reality (AR) and
Virtual Reality (VR) apps from ViewAR, including novel headgear prototypes that
enable anyone with a PowerVR powered smartphone to experience advanced immersive
AR and VR experiences; as well as Hipix® advanced still image technology that utilizes
existing hardware video support to provide still image users with impressive
performance, quality and efficiency – leveraging PowerVR video processors
(VPUs) for accelerated GPixel image processing and navigation.

Altair
Semiconductor unveiled its newest LTE-Advanced baseband processor, the
FourGee-3802 that features a MIPS CPU and is software upgradable to support
Release 11 specifications. The FourGee-3802 is the third generation of Altair’s
LTE chipsets, following the FourGee-3800 (Category 4), and FourGee-3100
(Category 3) processors. The FourGee-3100 powers many of the world’s
single-mode LTE devices including Verizon Wireless’ Ellipsis 7 tablet, the HP Chromebook 11.6” LTE and the Yota WiFi Dongle.

Sequans
showed its newest LTE platform — the Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced Platform — which
features a MIPS CPU and is fully compliant with 3GPP Release 10 specifications
and is software upgradeable to Release 11. Sequans also teamed with
Alcatel-Lucent S.A. to show carrier aggregation and LTE broadcast on Sequans’
MIPS-based platforms.

Lantiq
showed its Lantiq DSLTE™ technology, which enables carriers to offer combined
DSL and LTE to achieve high data rates. The Lantiq DSLTE technology is based on
a Lantiq reference design incorporating a MIPS CPU, and combines a bonded VDSL
broadband access link with an additional LTE access link in a single
residential gateway.

Nevales
Wireless announced and demonstrated its next generation cloud security gateway
appliance ‘Aquamarine,’ which uses a MIPS-based processor. According to
Nevales, because it is built on the MIPS architecture, the energy efficiency of
the new device has improved over Nevales’ previous generation products,
consuming approximately 140mW per GHz under full load.

Wearables
and IoT

SpeedUp Technology announced its first wearable technology product, the SpeedUp
SmartWatch, a revolutionary wearable device which incorporates an ultra-low power
MIPS-based CPU which enables the new SmartWatch to be highly power-efficient
while running Google’s latest Android 4.4 ‘KitKat’ operating system.

Wearables-focused
startup Ineda, a company bringing together various Imagination IP cores, including
PowerVR GPUs and MIPS CPUs, demonstrated its ultra-low power Wearable Processor
Unit (WPU) SoCs which deliver exceptional low power consumption.

Imagination
also demonstrated Microchip Technology’s new 32-bit PIC32MZ microcontrollers
that feature class-leading performance and code density with the MIPS
microAptiv core, and are ideal for wearables and IoT.

Imagination
showed the new Toshiba TZ5000 series applications processors that integrate
multiple Imagination IP cores including a PowerVR GPU and VPU, as well as
Ensigma Series4 radio communications processor (RPU) for 802.11ac 2×2
functionality. Target applications of the TZ5000 include wearable devices, as
well as over-the-top (OTT) tuners, IP media boxes, digital signage, thin client
terminal devices and more.

Also
on display were Toumaz’ solutions for the SensiumVitals® System, an ultra-low
power wireless patch remotely managed via Imagination’s FlowCloud technology.
The system comprises light-weight, wearable, single patient use patches that
monitor hospital patients’ heart-rate, respiration rate and temperature every
two minutes, and wirelessly communicate those vital signs via a bridge to the
nurse station or via the cloud to any web-enabled device.

Automotive

Imagination and Mobileye announced that Mobileye will leverage Imagination’s
MIPS Aptiv and Series5 Warrior CPU cores in its next-generation designs for advanced
driver assistance systems (ADAS). Imagination’s MIPS multi-threaded interAptiv
cores will provide the real-time response, Quality of Service (QoS) and
reliability needed to efficiently perform multiple simultaneous operations
across the numerous Vision Processors (VP) in the Mobileye system. In addition,
new MIPS Warrior M-class M5150 cores will provide controller functionality
within the system’s various I/O interfaces.

A
number of other products from major brands containing Imagination’s
technologies were shown throughout MWC.

Imagination’s
next major event will be the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2014, where
further product announcements will be made around SoCs and end products using
Imagination’s graphics IP. To arrange a meeting with Imagination at GDC,
contact gdc@imgtec.com.

Imagination’s
SoC IP processors

Imagination’s SoC partners are powering many of the latest products driving the
future mobile lifestyle experience, leveraging the broadening portfolio of
Imagination’s SoC IP which enables ever more innovations in mobile electronics:

  • PowerVR
    multimedia IP cores including graphics processors (GPUs) and video/vision
    processors (VPUs) for smooth UI, rich graphics and high-quality video and
    imaging
  • MIPS
    CPUs which enable ultra-low power wearables and IoT devices, advanced
    networking, smart media players and more
  • Ensigma
    radio communications processors (RPUs) which provide a wide range of
    connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) and broadcast (TV, radio) capabilities
  • FlowCloud
    technology for enabling device-to-device and device-to-cloud applications,
    including solutions for audio and V.VoIP/VoLTE

About
Imagination Technologies

Imagination is a global technology leader whose products touch the lives of
billions of people throughout the world. The company’s broad range of silicon
IP (intellectual property) includes the key multimedia, communications and
general purpose processors needed to create the SoCs (Systems on Chips) that
power all mobile, consumer, automotive, enterprise, infrastructure, IoT and
embedded electronics. These are complemented by its unique software and cloud
IP and system solution focus, enabling its licensees and partners get to market
quickly by creating and leveraging highly differentiated SoC platforms.
Imagination’s licensees include many of the world’s leading semiconductor
manufacturers, network operators and OEMs/ODMs who are creating some of the
world’s most iconic and disruptive products. See: www.imgtec.com.

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