11th January 2001

Imagination Optimizes its IP Capabilities with TSMC on Latest Silicon Process Technologies


Imagination Technologies, a leading multimedia and
communications technologies company, announced its collaboration with TSMC to ensure that licensees of all of Imagination’s IP (intellectual
property) cores can optimize
speed,
area and power consumption on TSMC’s most advanced 28nm and below processes.

By bringing together engineers from both companies,
this collaboration aims to improve power, performance, and area by co-optimising
TSMC process technologies and foundation IPs with Imagination’s most advanced IP
cores, including its latest PowerVR GPUs.

Imagination, a member of TSMC’s Soft-IP Alliance
program, is making this announcement as part of a closer relationship with
TSMC. Imagination intends to validate its IP cores through the TSMC Soft-IP
Alliance program.

Imagination’s IP core families in this
collaboration include:

·      
PowerVR graphics, the de facto standard for mobile, embedded and
computing graphics

·      
PowerVR video and display, the comprehensive and widely adopted range of
multistandard decoder, encoder and enhancement cores for applications from
mobile to ultra-HD

·      
Ensigma communications, the multi-standard programmable communications
and connectivity technology for TV, radio, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

·      
Meta processors, the advanced 32-bit hardware multi-threaded processor
architecture that delivers the best in both general purpose and signal
processing performance

Imagination is one of the world’s leading semiconductor
IP suppliers, with cores which can be synthesised for a broad range of silicon processes.
As more customers use Imagination’s IP cores to deliver the key high
performance processing on their SoCs (System on
Chip), Imagination plays a key role in the semiconductor IP segment to deliver
the levels of performance demanded by leading edge customers.

Says Tony King-Smith, VP marketing, Imagination: “Many
of our licensees rely on TSMC to provide them with leading edge low power, high
performance silicon foundry capabilities. This strengthening of our
relationship with TSMC reflects our determination to deliver the best possible
SoC solutions on the latest silicon processes for our SoC IP licensing partners.
We believe this initiative will ensure that Imagination’s licensees to continue
to push the boundaries of what is possible for future generations of advanced
SoCs.”

Says Mark Dunn, VP of IMGWorks, Imagination’s SoC
implementation group: “The characteristics of the latest processes such as
28HPM and beyond have to be taken increasingly into account when designing
future high performance IP-based solutions. As major blocks such as GPUs
increasingly dominate the area, power and performance of next generation SoCs,
design flows need to be tuned to maintain the optimum balance between
maximizing IP portability and achieving the best possible performance. We
believe this extensive engineering partnership will greatly benefit all of our
IP partners.”

“We are delighted to be working with Imagination to
deliver the full benefits of TSMC’s latest and most advanced processes for
mobile and embedded applications,” says Suk Lee, Senior Director of Design
Infrastructure Marketing Division, TSMC. 
“By leveraging Imagination’s leadership position in the market, we can
help our customers to ship the most highly optimised SoCs.”

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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