11th January 2001

Imagination METAflow connected processor links embedded systems to the cloud

IP platform powering next generation of cloud-connected embedded devices


Imagination
Technologies, a leading multimedia and communications technologies company, is
now licensing its METAflow family of connected processors.

The highly integrated licensable METAflow IP platform is based on
Imagination’s market leading silicon IP and supporting software solutions.

METAflow embodies all that is best about Imagination’s META processor
and ENSIGMA communications technologies combining multithreaded processing and
always-available connectivity.

METAflow’s tight integration of communications and multithreaded
processing in a single mature IP solution is made possible thanks to key
technologies already being deployed as part of Imagination established
multi-threaded META processor family and ENSIGMA UCCP multi-standard
connectivity and broadcast IP platform, and are already supported by a rich and
growing set of middleware and tools.

Imagination’s METAflow Connected Processor family combines the META
multithreaded processor, which boasts real-time, general-purpose and DSP
capabilities, with ENSIGMA UCCP connectivity solution which includes Wi-Fi
technology.

The availability of power and silicon efficient ‘always-on’ Wi-Fi
connectivity will enable embedded devices to deliver their functionality using
an optimal mix of local and internet resources. METAflow will enable the growth
and acceleration of markets for products featuring connectivity across an
increasingly diverse range of applications such as home automation, security,
entertainment, toys, and health care as well as the more established markets of
consumer electronics, mobile media and automotive.

Says Tony King-Smith, VP marketing, Imagination Technologies: “The
increasingly broad array of highly portable applications platforms such as
Linux, Android and sophisticated RTOS means that our partners are now
re-evaluating how best to create the next wave of connected embedded products.
A growing number of our semiconductor partners, as well as OEMs, OS, middleware
and service providers are excited by our unique METAflow ’connected processor
proposition. They recognise that when METAflow is combined with our innovative
and enabling FlowWorld portal technology and Flow APIs, Imagination has come up
with a totally new concept in solution-oriented IP. There’s simply nothing else
to compare with what this unique new IP platform has to offer.”

METAflow supports a range of operating systems including full Linux,
Android and the MeOS embedded RTOS from Imagination.

Imagination’s MeOS is a compact real-time operating system (RTOS) ideal
for small memory footprint, highly cost-optimised embedded systems. MeOS
delivers a comprehensive set of facilities for multi-tasking software designs,
while avoiding complex features that increase code size and reduce performance.
It has been successfully deployed in hundreds of products and millions of
shipped systems.

Continues King-Smith: “”Imagination revolutionised the use of
graphics across the mobile and embedded markets with POWERVR and intends to do
the same for connected embedded devices with METAflow. METAflow will enable the
next wave of ubiquitous connectivity in all manner of embedded products across
consumer, industrial and enterprise segments.”

METAflow and FlowWorld

METAflow connected processors are designed to be used with FlowWorld,
Imagination’s configurable portal technology enabling the connection of devices
to the cloud, to enable an end to end solution for delivery of services and
content between service providers and users through the cloud.

The METAflow processor and FlowWorld underpin Imagination’s Flow
Technology, a comprehensive and unique IP platform that establishes a new
benchmark for connecting devices to the Cloud utilising both internet and
broadcast channels.

Unlike other portal technologies, FlowWorld’s unique ‘fit’ to the METAflow
connected processor enables a much higher degree of efficiency, consistency and
utility for developing devices delivering real-time and ‘always connected’
services. Flow Technology’s powerful and growing, yet simple to implement, APIs
enable a diverse range of embedded applications supported by web services to be
rapidly developed and deployed by Imagination’s Flow ecosystem partners.

FlowWorld delivers both baseline and enhanced services using a series of
APIs through which partners can centrally control and manage service
configurations for any METAflow based connected product. METAflow IP platform technology
is available for licensing from Imagination now.

About Imagination Technologies

Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE:IMG) – a
global leader in multimedia and communication technologies – creates and
licenses market-leading multimedia IP cores for graphics, video, and display
processing, multi-threaded embedded processing/DSP cores and multi-standard
communications and connectivity processors. 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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