6th December 2010

Imagination announces POWERVR SGX554 MP multi-processor graphics IP

Highly efficient and truly scalable multi-processing graphics technology delivers 8-pipelines for ‘best-in-class’ performance


Imagination Technologies, a leading multimedia and communications technologies
company, announces POWERVR SGX554, a high performance graphics core for
embedded and mobile applications with full multi-processor capability.

POWERVR SGX554 can be implemented as a
high-performance 8-pipe single core, or in multiprocessor (MP) configurations
of between 2 and 16 cores (16 to 128 pipes).

POWERVR SGX554 is the latest member of
Imagination’s POWERVR Series5XT family which is poised to bring new levels of
performance to mobile and embedded graphics. [Series5XT is being demonstrated
in silicon for the first time today (December 6th) at Imagination’s
exclusive annual industry event at the British Embassy in Tokyo.]

SGX554 provides full support for DirectX 9
Feature Level 3 with maximum hardware acceleration, making it ideal for
tablets, computing devices and smartphones. SGX554 delivers all the benefits of
POWERVR SGX cores, delivering the best industry metrics in performance per mm2
and performance per mW.

Tony King-Smith, VP marketing, Imagination,
says: “This latest POWERVR Series5XT core will deliver new levels of embedded
graphics capabilities. SGX554 pushes the upper boundaries of performance in
power and cost-constrained embedded environments, while building on our
unrivalled portfolio of APIs across every significant embedded and desktop
operating system. What’s more we have been shipping DX9 level parts for more
than three years, in millions of units, so SGX554 will benefit from the
maturity of our DX9 drivers.”

SGX554 also provides comprehensive market
proven support for desktop OpenGL 2.1 (including X11 integration with DRI2, EXA
and DRM support), OpenGL ES 1.1 & 2.0, OpenVG 1.1 and OpenCL 1.1 Embedded
Profile, offering the widest ranges of supported APIs of any mobile or embedded
graphics IP core available today.

POWERVR SGX software stacks have passed
rigorous Khronos and Microsoft conformance tests, guaranteeing fast time to
market with high confidence across the widest range of embedded and desktop
operating systems. Software configurations for Linux, Android, MeeGo, Palm’s
WebOS, Nokia’s Maemo, Symbian, Windows Mobile, Samsung’s Bada, and a variety of
other operating systems are all shipping with POWERVR SGX powered devices
today.

About POWERVR
Series5XT

Members of the POWERVR SGX Series5XT
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) IP core family feature significant performance
enhancements over the highly successful Series5 architecture used in the
earlier SGX family of IP cores. All Series5XT SGX cores are based on a
second-generation Universal Scalable Shader Engine (USSE2) that delivers
significantly higher processing throughput than the earlier Series5 USSE shader
engine, and include architectural extensions enabling low-power and
high-performance for 2D, 3D and general purpose (GP-GPU) processing in either
single core or scalable multi-processor (MP) solutions.

About Imagination Technologies

Imagination
Technologies Group plc (LSE:IMG) – a global leader in multimedia and
communication technologies – creates and licenses market-leading processor
cores for graphics, video, multi-threaded embedded processing/DSP and
multi-standard communications applications. These silicon intellectual property
(IP) solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by platform
level IP and services, a strong array of software tools and drivers and
extensive developer and middleware ecosystems. Target markets includemobile phone, handheld multimedia,
home consumer entertainment, mobile and low-power computing, and in-car
electronics.Its licensees include
many of the leading semiconductor and consumer electronics companies.
Imagination has corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom, with sales
and R&D offices worldwide. See: www.imgtec.com.


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