11th January 2001

Imagination reveals key elements of its new MIPS CPU roadmap

MIPS Aptiv generation updated; new 32/64-bit MIPS ‘Warrior’ generation added to roadmap


London, UK – 26 June, 2013 – Imagination Technologies (IMG.L),
a leading multimedia, processor, communications and cloud technologies company,
announces new details about its current and future MIPS CPU portfolio.

Imagination
has updated its current portfolio of MIPS Aptiv cores, extending each of the Aptiv
families with new core configurations. In addition, later this year Imagination
will start rolling out an entire generation of new MIPS CPUs, including 32-bit
and 64-bit cores. The new MIPS Series5 generation of CPU cores, codenamed ‘Warrior,’
will incorporate new architectural features and provide best-in-class
performance and efficiency for a wide range of applications.

New in MIPS Aptiv

Imagination
has extended the award-winning MIPS Aptiv generation of cores, adding a very
small-footprint single-core version to the interAptiv family and a floating
point version to the microAptiv family. The high-performance proAptiv, multi-threaded
interAptiv and compact microAptiv families of cores, are all available in refined,
validated configurations offering industry-leading low power and efficiency for
today’s designs.

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The proAptiv family comes in configurations
from single through to six-core versions with optional hardware floating point.

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The interAptiv family includes hardware
multi-threading and now comes in single-, dual- and quad-core configurations
with optional floating point. The new single-core version of interAptiv removes
the extra logic associated with multi-core coherency and L2 cache controller,
providing a highly-efficient, multi-threaded single-core processor.

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The microAptiv family is available in
versions targeting microcontrollers and deeply embedded processors, and now
incorporates an optional hardware floating point unit for applications
including electric metering and motor control.

MIPS Roadmap

Imagination
will introduce next-generation MIPS ‘Warrior’ cores later this year. Details of
the cores are already being shared with key MIPS customers.

The ‘Warrior’
generation of cores will include 32-bit and 64-bit variants with a focus on
superior performance efficiency across the high-end, mid-range and
entry-level/microcontroller CPUs. These cores are based on the heritage of MIPS, the industry’s most
efficient RISC architecture, targeted to deliver the best performance and
lowest power consumption in a given silicon area.

Building
on the true 32-bit and 64-bit instruction set compatibility of MIPS, ‘Warrior’
cores will provide binary compatibility from the entry-level to the high-end.
64-bit ‘Warrior’ cores have no need for excess ‘baggage’ to execute legacy
32-bit code, and the broad range of tools and applications built for the 64-bit
MIPS architecture over the past 20+ years will seamlessly work with ‘Warrior’
cores.

Key
‘Warrior’ features will include:

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Hardware virtualization across the entire
range of cores, providing compelling benefits for applications from
compute-intense enterprise environments to energy efficient mobile platforms

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MIPS hardware multi-threading technology,
enabling better overall throughput, quality of service (QoS), and
power/performance efficiency in select ‘Warrior’ cores

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Imagination’s unique, extensible and highly
scalable security framework for applications including content protection on
mobile devices, secure networking protocols and payment services

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MIPS SIMD architecture (MSA), built on instructions
designed to be easily supported within high-level languages such as C or OpenCL
for fast and simple development of new code, as well as leverage of existing
code

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A consistent and comprehensive toolchain
across the ‘Warrior’ series for fast, easy development and debugging

MIPS – the choice in CPU IP

Hossein
Yassaie, CEO, Imagination, says: “The industry is longing for a choice in the
CPU market, and we are making MIPS a clear and superior alternative. We have an
outstanding range of cores available today and that will be complemented by our
forthcoming ‘Warrior’ cores, which will provide levels of performance,
efficiency and functionality that go beyond other offerings in the market.

“As
we share Imagination’s comprehensive, market-leading MIPS core roadmap with
customers worldwide, we are receiving an overwhelmingly positive response. With
MIPS, we are creating a solution that a wide range of customers can benefit
from and commit to for the long term, across applications ranging from tiny
embedded devices to 64-bit many-core products for networking and beyond. We are
confident that as we roll out the technologies on our MIPS roadmap, we will
change the landscape for CPU IP.”

Says
J. Scott Gardner, senior analyst, The Linley Group / Microprocessor Report:
“The MIPS Aptiv CPU core portfolio was named the ‘Best Processor IP of 2012’ in
The Linley Group’s annual Analysts’ Choice Awards, as a broad portfolio
spanning virtually every processor category. The MIPS ‘Warrior’ generation is
designed to include an even greater range of functionality to address rapidly
changing markets. If Imagination does as great a job with the new MIPS
generation as it has done with PowerVR GPUs, then the industry will have
another strong player in the CPU IP space.”

Since
completing the MIPS acquisition earlier this year, Imagination has completed
integration of its CPU engineering teams, nearly doubling the resources working
on leading-edge MIPS CPU development. The company is deploying significant
investments in MIPS development, including tools, compilers, debuggers,
operating systems, software and more. Imagination is developing the MIPS
presence in key segments such as mobile by continuing to grow the MIPS
ecosystem, and by exploiting open operating systems and emerging trends toward
architecture neutrality and portability.

About MIPS processors

Imagination’s
family of MIPS processors are ideal for products where ultra low-power, compact
silicon area and a high level of integration are required. MIPS processor IP
cores and architectures range from ultra-low power 32-bit microcontrollers to
scalable 32-bit and 64-bit multi-core solutions for advanced application and
network processing platforms.

Based on
a heritage built and continuously innovated over more than three decades,
Imagination’s MIPS architecture is the industry’s most efficient RISC
architecture, delivering the best performance and lowest power consumption in a
given silicon area. SoC designers can use this efficiency advantage for
significant cost and power savings, or to implement additional cores to deliver
a performance advantage in the same power, thermal and area budget.

About
Imagination Technologies

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

Imagination
Technologies’ Press Contacts:

UK: David Harold                         david.harold@imgtec.com         +44
(0)1923 260 511

USA: Jen Bernier-Santarini         jen.bernier@imgtec.com            +1 408-530-5178


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