24th November 2009

Imagination Technologies introduces ‘Connected Processor’ IP cores

New IP cores enable the era of 'Internet Everywhere'


Tokyo, Japan: Imagination Technologies, a leading multimedia chip technologies
company, says that the next trend in silicon integration will be for ubiquitous
connectivity in all forms of consumer electronics.

Reflecting this
trend, the company has created a new class of embedded Connected Processor™
solutions that will power the ‘Internet Everywhere’ generation of consumer
electronics.

Imagination’s
own research suggests that within five years, more than 70% of all mainstream
consumer electronics products, including TVs, radios, cameras, printers and
more will be connected to the internet. Indeed, several major CE manufacturers
have already committed to integrate internet connectivity across their entire
product lines.

Says Imagination
CEO Hossein Yassaie: “”The world is getting so connected that soon creating any
chip incorporating a processor without connectivity will seem as alien as designing
a chip today without memory or peripherals. Connected devices are now truly
past the ‘What If?’ phase – in the future everything from the smallest,
cheapest electronic device upwards will have an IP address and be connected to
the world via the internet. The most innovative new products being released now
and in the next few years are now all connected, and recognising this we are developing
new low power, connected processor IP cores based on our innovative 32-bit
processor and communications architectures to enable an era of ubiquitous internet
connectivity.””

The META Connected
Processor™ family will combine Imagination’s innovative META multithreaded
processor and ENSIGMA multi-standard programmable communications technologies,
fully optimised for low power and high performance under all operating
conditions.  As a result of this
development, these technologies, which are already successful in consumer
broadcast markets, will now be able to be used in new lower end markets such as
digital photo-frames, media streamers/players, printers, toys and connected
cameras.

For the first
time, chip designers will be able to utilise a state of the art embedded 32-bit
processor IP platform that delivers multi-standard connectivity, alongside a
high performance Linux or RTOS based applications environment as well as
DSP-intensive algorithm execution – all in one fully integrated IP solution.

The META Connected
Processor IP core family will enable high volume consumer products to be connected
not only to the internet but also to each other to make possible a world of universal
connectivity. By delivering programmability both for general purpose
applications as well as communications algorithms, these new IP cores will set
the trend for next generation connectivity and embedded application platforms
in consumer electronics.

Imagination will
further explain its connected processor approach to attendees at Imagination’s
exclusive annual industry event at the British Embassy in Tokyo on November 24th
2009.

Further details
of the new IP core family will be announced in the coming months.

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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