6th January 2016

PowerVR GPUs from Imagination pass OpenVX conformance with Khronos

Enabling vision application developers to harness the power of the Rogue architecture


International CES, Las Vegas – 6th January, 2016 – Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) announces that its PowerVR Rogue Series6 GPUs have achieved Khronos OpenVX™ 1.0.1 conformance. With OpenVX, developers can run fully optimized vision algorithms on highly parallel, power-efficient PowerVR GPUs that are used in many of the world’s leading smartphones, tablets and other products.

OpenVX is an open, royalty-free standard for cross platform acceleration of computer vision applications. It enables performance and power-optimized computer vision processing, especially important in embedded and real-time uses cases such as face, body and gesture tracking, smart video surveillance, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), object and scene reconstruction, augmented reality, visual inspection, robotics and more. PowerVR Series6 GPUs, which are already shipping in high volumes worldwide, are optimized to enable developers to use OpenVX to access the full processing horsepower of the Rogue architecture.

Says Peter McGuinness, director of multimedia technology marketing, Imagination: “Vision processing is at the heart of numerous innovations across nearly every application area that will fundamentally change the way in which we interact with the world. Imagination’s IP cores including PowerVR multimedia processors and MIPS CPUs are used in an increasing number of vision applications in an array of products. OpenVX 1.0.1 is a valuable starting point for accelerating creation and adoption of vision applications, and we’re pleased to report that we’ve achieved conformance on production silicon.”

Says Victor Erukhimov, president of Itseez and chairman of the Khronos OpenVX working group: “OpenVX provides developers with an out-of-the-box vision acceleration framework optimized for low-power, real-time mobile and embedded use cases. OpenVX is portable across diverse heterogeneous processors including ISPs, dedicated hardware, DSPs and DSP arrays, multi-core CPUs and of course GPUs such as Imagination’s PowerVR. We’re delighted that developers can leverage the power of OpenVX on PowerVR GPUs which are at the heart of many mobile, automotive and embedded devices. This helps to proliferate OpenVX and enable creation of exciting next-generation vision based applications.”

To learn more about using OpenVX 1.0.1 with PowerVR Series6 GPUs, developers can join the popular PowerVR Insider community at www.powervrinsider.com.

Imagination is uniquely positioned to help its partners build innovative vision systems, with its in-depth knowledge of imaging processors, GPUs, video encoders and embedded CPUs, as well as its expertise in heterogeneous processing and compute APIs such as OpenCL™ and RenderScript and emerging higher level APIs for vision applications such as OpenVX.

To access Imagination’s press kit for International CES 2016, please visit: https://imgtec.com/press-kit/. Email tradeshows@imgtec.com to arrange a personal meeting in Imagination’s suite at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

About PowerVR GPUs
Imagination’s PowerVR graphics processors (GPUs) are the de facto standard for mobile and embedded graphics and GPU compute. The PowerVR GPU family leads the market in technological capability, roadmap breadth and ecosystem, and is by far the most adopted and shipped technology of its kind. PowerVR graphics IP comprises a comprehensive portfolio of the industry’s leading GPUs, supporting a broad range of applications. See: http://www.imgtec.com/powervr/graphics.asp.

Editor’s Note:
* Conformance submission was achieved with the OpenVX DDK on an Allwinner A80 chip with a PowerVR G6230 GPU. https://www.khronos.org/conformance/adopters/conformant-products#openvx

About Imagination Technologies
Imagination is a global technology leader whose products touch the lives of billions of people across the globe. The company’s broad range of silicon IP (intellectual property) includes the key processing blocks needed to create the SoCs (Systems on Chips) that power all mobile, consumer and embedded electronics. Its unique software IP, infrastructure technologies and system solutions enable its customers to get to market quickly with complete and highly differentiated SoC platforms. Imagination’s licensees include many of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers, network operators and OEMs/ODMs who are creating some of the world’s most iconic products. See: www.imgtec.com.

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