11th January 2001

Imagination’s Ensigma Series4 universal communications IP cores shipping now to multiple licensees

Ensigma Series4 RPUs (radio processor units) provide unprecedented performance and programmability for advanced yet flexible on-chip communications processing


London, UK – 27 June 2013 – Imagination Technologies (IMG.L),
a leading multimedia, processor, communications and cloud technologies company,
announces that its Ensigma Series4 radio processor unit (RPU) IP core family is
now available for licensing, and has already been
supplied to lead partners.

The new Series4 family of RPUs introduces a highly efficient and
high-bandwidth architecture, enabling support for the most demanding
communications standards such as 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO and DVB-T2 in an optimal and
low-power implementation. By adding new highly-specialised data processors
combined with a significantly upgraded internal data fabric, the latest Series4
RPUs deliver unprecedented performance and throughput ideal for next generation
applications from connected home multimedia to advanced continuous data
roaming.

The
Ensigma Series4 family of RPUs provides a unique universal and highly scalable solution
for integrating global connectivity and broadcast communications capabilities
into SoCs. By combining the latest software programmable radio techniques with
an advanced 4th generation multi-processor architecture, a wide
range of communications standards are fully supported, including:

·        
All 802.11 based Wi-Fi standards up to full
802.11ac 2×2 MIMO and 802.11n with 4×4 MIMO as well as Bluetooth

·        
All major broadcast TV receiver standards

·        
All major digital and FM broadcast radio
standards

The
flexible hardware architecture of Ensigma Series4 RPUs means that the engine
can be easily scaled to address everything from the smallest most
cost-sensitive embedded connected processors to the most advanced connected smart
TVs or tablets targeting global markets. For optimal deployment, the Series4
family of Ensigma RPUs comes in four ranges:

·        
Ensigma C4xxx cores support connectivity
standards

·        
Ensigma T4xxx cores support TV standards

·        
Ensigma R4xxx cores support broadcast radio
standards

·        
Ensigma U4xxx cores are universal variants
supporting all standards

By
supporting multiple standards on a single engine, Ensigma Series4 RPUs solve
the ever-growing challenge of proliferating broadcast and/or connectivity
standards. They also address the issue of ‘future-proof’ integration of all
communications requirements onto the latest SoCs, while achieving the lowest
system cost, highest performance and lowest power consumption under all
operating conditions. A high level of programmability means the same SoC can be
used across multiple markets and product generations with only minimal changes.

Tony
King-Smith, EVP marketing, Imagination, says: “More and more of our licensees,
from Tier 1 to specialist product suppliers, are showing intense interest in
our latest unique Ensigma Series4 RPUs across a range of markets, as they see
the benefits of integrating highly efficient and advanced communications processing
on-chip. We have stated for several years that ultimately RPUs will go on-chip just
as GPUs have done, and now we’re see this trend being acknowledged by our
partners across a broadening range of markets. Given the increasingly advanced and
complex communications requirements of consumer, industrial and automotive
products, the Ensigma RPU is a unique solution ideally suited today’s highly
competitive markets.

Availability

Members
of the Ensigma Series4 family of RPUs are available now. Contact info@imgtec.com for
more information.

Ensigma Series4 RPUs

Ensigma
RPUs are part of the broad range of Imagination IP families, which also include
the industry-leading PowerVR graphics and video IP (GPUs and VPUs), popular
MIPS CPU IP, Flow cloud IP and other solutions for next-generation SoCs.

Ensigma
Series4 RPUs are ideal for markets including global chassis TV and set-top
boxes, consumer and automotive radio, tablets and other connected consumer
products, as well as embedded processors powering the Internet of Things.

The
Ensigma Series4 architecture uniquely combines fully programmable modulation
and coding processors with multi-standard hardware accelerators and a
multi-stream DMA (Direct Memory Access) fabric to yield a power and area
optimised multi-standard baseband solution. The core modulation and coding
processor is complemented by an array of configurable, and in some cases
programmable, hardware accelerators implementing functions less suited to
software, such as signal down-conversion and advanced error correction, and are
themselves re-used between standards.

The
Ensigma Series4 IP architecture features a highly-scalable multicore approach
for maximum configurability, combined with an ultra-high bandwidth programmable
bus fabric and an extremely efficient VLIW-based 4th generation
modulation processor with multi-context capabilities. This enables Series4 RPUs
to be configured to 4×4 MIMO, 802.11ac and beyond, as well as more than 30
standards for every major 802.11 profile, TV and radio broadcast, Bluetooth and
many other broadcast and connectivity communications standards.

Ensigma
RPUs support all key standards for connectivity including 802.11abg, 802.11n
with up to 4×4 MIMO, 802.11ac with up to 2×2 MIMO, as well as Bluetooth. They
also enable global TV products supporting DVB-T2, DVB-T, ISDB-T, ATSC,
GB20600-2006 (CTTB), DVB-S2, DVB-S, ISDB-S, DVB-C, J.83B, ISDB-C; analogue TV; mobile
TV including T-DMB, 1-Seg ISDB-T; and broadcast radio standards including
DAB/DAB+, HD Radio, 3-seg ISDB-T, ISDB-Tmm and FM.

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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