30th August 2013

Industry elite gather at Stanford University to celebrate an important year in Imagination’s history and a new era for the MIPS processor


Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE: IMG, “Imagination”,
“the Group”), a leading multimedia, communications and processor technology
company, announced a number of notable new developments at the Imagination
Executive Reception and Showcase held at the Stanford University Faculty Club
on 28 August, 2013.

Attended by over 250 guests from leading companies of
Silicon Valley and across the USA, the full-capacity event was hosted by
Imagination’s US President Krishna Yarlagadda and featured several speeches.

Sir Hossein Yassaie, Imagination’s Chief Executive, commented:

“This gathering of executives from across the
industry shows the growing relevance and importance of our latest technologies
including our PowerVR Series6 family and the upcoming MIPS ‘Warrior’ family to
many partners and their markets.

“We said this event was dedicated to a new era
in the life of MIPS. We are further convinced by the discussions and warm
response that we will be able to deliver our promise of a vital and compelling
choice in the CPU IP market.”

In a number of high-level presentations, Sir Hossein Yassaie
emphasized the importance of the US market, where Imagination is engaged with
the leading semiconductor and consumer companies as well as major operators,
and now has more than 250 employees.

Stanford University President John Hennessy, co-founder of MIPS
Computer Systems, reiterated the elegance and simplicity of MIPS architecture
that results in the most power- and area-efficient processor designs compared
to alternatives. He welcomed the secured future and growth of the MIPS
architecture under Imagination’s guardianship.

Sanjay Jha, former chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility,
spoke about the challenges of creating low-power designs and the massive potential
of wearable electronic devices. He also shared his positive experiences in
working with Imagination over many years.

A number of wearable devices featuring Imagination’s IP were
on display at the event, including Google Glass and the GEAK smart watch.

Imagination announced a partnership with Ineda Systems, a
developer of low-power system on chip (SoC) technology for use in both consumer
and enterprise applications, and details of Ineda’s soon-to-be-released
Wearable Processor Unit (WPU) SoCs that unite various combinations of
Imagination IP cores in their ultra-low power design. The wearable processor
silicon products will be applicable to a multitude of devices such as smart
watches, health and fitness devices and more.

Imagination also recognized its partner MediaTek Inc. for
its unique deployment of heterogeneous processing with MediaTek’s new MT8135
SoC which enables heterogeneous multi-processing (HMP) and utilizes asymmetric
processor configurations. This innovative SoC features Imagination’s latest
generation PowerVR Series6 ‘Rogue’ graphics processor (GPU). MediaTek’s HMP
solution enables any number of small and large CPU or GPU ‘engines’ in a
multi-processor system to be individually configured for an optimal balance of
power and performance under variable workloads. MediaTek is working closely
with Imagination to further optimise CPU-GPU configurations in its devices, and
further optimising Mediatek’s HMP technology to utilise the full capabilities
of the PowerVR Series6 ‘Rogue’ architecture.

The event also saw the unveiling of first results of
Imagination’s work with TSMC to drive next-generation performance to new levels
on Imagination’s industry-leading PowerVR GPUs. Initial efforts have already
achieved 25% overall performance improvement for the PowerVR Series6 GPU core,
with key blocks demonstrating as much as 30% improvement compared to existing
design flows. Imagination R&D teams working with TSMC are developing
highly-optimised IP libraries and fully characterised reference system designs
for Imagination’s IP cores on TSMC’s advanced processes including 28HPM and
16nm FinFET technologies.

In the area of GPU compute, Imagination announced it has
implemented a set of image and video handling extensions to the EGL Native
Platform Interface which will enable developers to create high-performance GPU
compute applications on the new low-cost Hardkernel ODROID-XU development
system. Imagination is one of the early pioneers of mobile GPU compute, having
been the first mobile IP vendor to achieve OpenCL conformance. To encourage
wider adoption of GPU compute in mobile, Imagination has delivered to its
silicon partners a number of OpenCL extensions related to advanced camera
interoperability.

Imagination also featured a number of other demonstrations
of its broad range of IP:

·
PowerVR GPU
demonstrations including new OpenCL applications programming interface (API)
extensions that enable developers to implement ‘Instagram-like’ functionality
on real-time camera data, including computational photography and video
processing; and platforms using PowerVR Series6 ‘Rogue’ graphics including a TV
from LG

·
MIPS CPU
demonstrations including Android 4.2 running on a Broadcom set-top box, various
development boards including those from Microchip Technology and a
soon-to-be-released low-cost Android/Linux development system for both
professional engineers and hobbyists

·
PowerVR VPU
(video and vision processor) demonstrations including video encoding,
transcoding, and multi-screen decoding for advanced resolutions up to
4K/Ultra-HD

·
Ensigma RPU
(radio processor) demonstrations highlighting the technology’s multi-standard
solution for both connectivity and broadcast applications across a range of
devices

·
Other
Imagination technology including Imagination’s cutting-edge ray tracing
technology with Caustic Visualizer for Maya v1.2

·
Products on
display included the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for 3D gaming which
leverages PowerVR graphics; the new MIPS-Based AirPea HDMI Android TV dongle
that is fully controllable by a smartphone app featuring voice control and
more; and numerous tablets and phones including those from Alcatel and Lenovo
as well as a tablet from Ingenic Semiconductor that combines a MIPS CPU and PowerVR
GPU

·
Products from
Imagination’s Pure consumer electronics division were also on display,
including a full range of wireless Jongo speakers for multiroom connected audio
that benefit from Pure’s excellence in audio, streaming and synchronisation
technology – now available worldwide including the USA

Enquiries

Imagination Technologies Group plcTel 01923 260 511
Sir Hossein Yassaie, CEO
Richard Smith, CFO
College
Hill
Tel:
020 7457 2020
Adrian Duffield / Kay Larsen

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.


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