11th January 2001

Imagination announces the Meta LTP210 microcontroller IP core

Strengthens Meta CPU portfolio in deeply embedded 32-bit processors


Yokohama,
Japan: Imagination Technologies, a leading multimedia
technologies company, today announces the smallest member of its successful
Meta CPU IP core family.

While
most Meta processors are multi-threaded to enable highly efficient embedded
CPU-based applications, the LTP210 delivers the efficient Meta architecture in
a single-threaded core, providing the smallest area Meta core available.

Meta LTP210 addresses
complementary markets to the existing Meta CPU range, which is widely deployed
in multimedia devices. Target markets for LTP210 include: sensors, control
systems, connectivity, low energy usage, smart meters, crypto, and 8051
replacement.

Says Tony King-Smith, VP
marketing, Imagination: “Meta is already well known as a compelling multi-threaded
32-bit CPU offering, combining excellent general purpose RISC processing with
extremely efficient DSP capabilities ideal for audio and other embedded
applications. The LTP210 expands our Meta CPU processor family into the deeply
embedded microcontroller space, delivering a compelling solution in terms of silicon
area, performance and code density.

“We’ve been using our
low end Meta processors in many of our leading IP cores for video and
communications for many years, with hundreds of millions of Meta
single-threaded microcontrollers already shipped. With LTP210, we’re now bringing
our smallest Meta processor to a wider audience. And thanks to the binary
compatibility with our larger MTP and HTP Meta IP cores, we believe we now offer
one of the most comprehensive embedded processor families in the market.”

The single-threaded Meta
LTP210 features a large register set, enabling developers to minimise stack spilling,
lowering power (by needing fewer external memory accesses) and higher performance.
Meta LTP210 requires just 9uW per MHz in 40nmLP while delivering 1.23 DMIPS/MHz.

All
Meta CPU IP cores share a common ISA (instruction set architecture), and are fully
programmable in standard C or C++. Meta LTP210 is supported by Imagination’s
full toolchain and Codescape debugger.

The
Meta LTP210 IP core is available for licensing today. and is already in use
with multiple lead partners.

About Imagination Technologies 

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


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