18th November 2009

Imagination Technologies announces revolutionary ENSIGMA UCCP320

Programmable radio demodulation and WiFi platform supports worldwide terrestrial cable and satellite digital television


Yokohama, Japan: Imagination Technologies, the leading multimedia chip technologies
company, announces ENSIGMA UCCP320, which uniquely enables the
broadest range of Wi-Fi connectivity, digital radio, mobile TV and TV standards
of any communications and connectivity core. The revolutionary UCCP320 redefines
the cost-effectiveness of integrating multiple programmable radios into high
volume consumer products.

ENSIGMA UCCP320
is based on UCC Series3, the third generation of Imagination’s RPU (Radio
Processing Unit) architecture, which delivers market-leading performance and
ultra low power in a small silicon area, ideal for SoC integration.

UCCP320 builds
on Imagination’s “”Best of Both Worlds”” approach to communications which combines multimode hardware for down conversion and
error correction with a programmable
SIMD complex vector processor for demodulation. This approach gives multi-standard support on a common
configurable core – the UCC. In UCCP320 the UCC can be combined with any of Imagination’s
META processor range to deliver a complete demodulation and connectivity
platform.

By replacing not
only multiple receivers but also Wi-Fi and other radios, UCCP320 sets the pace
for connectivity in embedded devices. UCCP320 allows consumer and mobile
products to be built on common hardware platform while reducing power, footprint, and Bill of Material (BoM) costs compared with
using conventional solutions.

Since UCCP320 is available as an IP platform, chip manufacturers can not
only produce advanced multi-standard communications baseband chipset solutions,
but also now migrate communications functions onto next generation SoCs
(systems on chip), confident that all possible Wi-Fi and other connectivity
standards, as well as all TV, radio and mobile TV receiver requirements can be
implemented with high performance and low power, regardless of region or
market.

Tony King-Smith,
VP marketing, Imagination says: “”UCCP320
is far more than a communications solution – it is an opportunity for industry
innovators to take the next step in systems integration by bringing all forms
of communication on-chip.””

Traditional OEMs
are used to extremely low cost baseband chipsets optimised for each individual
standard, but the sheer number of standards for both receivers and internet and
other forms of connectivity means this approach is increasingly not
cost-effective. Nor indeed is it practical for many mobile form factors. While
some silicon vendors are tackling this by producing ‘combo chips’, these are
often little more than combinations of two or three separate chip designs on a
single die whereas UCCP320 delivers a programmable and future-proof solution in
a small silicon footprint.

Continues
King-Smith: “”We believe that UCCP320 offers a unique value proposition for OEMs
as well as communications and SoC silicon vendors. It delivers a fully
programmable and extensible solution that offers both an unrivalled breadth of
supported standards – all delivering exceptionally high performance at
extremely low power consumption – and the ability to future proof highly
integrated next generation SoCs.””

The ENSIGMA RPU
can be combined with Imagination’s META CPU (Central Processing Unit) and
POWERVR GPU (Graphics and video Processing Unit) families of advanced SoC
Processors to create complete single-chip solutions for a wide range of
entertainment, communications and computing needs, or used with customers’ own IPs
or other SoC designs to create exciting, highly differentiated next generatipn
SoC solutions.

Concludes
King-Smith: “”Imagination’s vision for the future of SoCs tackles every aspect
of SoC design from the lowest level up to applications level system design.
Every one of our IP cores embraces this philosophy to create a unique, highly
scalable roadmap for our partners””.

The UCCP320 platform
is designed to support the ever increasing number of standards for
communications in a proven, highly-efficient and extraordinarily flexible programmable
solution. UCCP320 adds new support to the UCCP family for standards including  DVB T2, DVB-S2/S, worldwide cable (DVB-C
/ J.83B / ISDB-C) and GB20600 Chinese Digital Terrestrial TV. These formats
extend the already broad range supported by the UCCP family, which already supports
the 802.11a/b/g family of Wi-Fi standards, digital TV (ATSC (8VSB), Nordig
Unified 2.0 DVB-T, full-seg ISDB-T), mobile TV (DVB-H, T-DMB, 1-seg ISDB-T) and
digital radio (DAB, DAB+ and FM with RDS and 3-seg ISDB-T).

Other key
features include support for diversity, execution of multiple simultaneous
standards, and expansion bus options. Due to the small silicon area of UCCP320
cores, it is expected that an increasing number of partners will be integrating
two or more UCCPs, further extending the system level flexibility of the
platform.

The UCCP320 is
also designed to support 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and 3.0 on UCCP320,
as well as C-MMB, MediaFlo, DRM,  HD-Radio and other emerging communications and broadcast
standards. Availability of these will be announced together with partners in
due course as the ENSIGMA ecosystem continues to gain momentum.

Within the UCCP320
platform, UCC Series3’s programmable radio technology provides physical layer
demodulation and modulation. The integrated 32-bit META processor performs
system housekeeping, manages data-link processing for DVB-H and 802.11a/b/g,
and distributes data using the platform’s own DMA controller.

The ENSIGMA
UCCP320 IP platform is available for licensing now.

About Imagination Technologies

Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE:IMG) – a global leader in multimedia and communication silicon 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 strong array of software tools
and drivers as well as 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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