EETimes.com – TI takes to Imagination’s graphics core upgrade
LONDON — Multimedia processor core licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) has signed a multi-use license agreement with Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas, Texas) for a multiprocessor core version of PowerVR SGX Series5XT graphics engine.This follows a similar deal struck with Renesas Electronics Corp. announcedMay 4.
TI will deploy the graphics technology in future OMAP platform-based SoC designs for smartphones and other mobile devices. Imagination is set to receive license fees and royalties on shipments of SoCs incorporating Imagination’s IP. However, the company did not indicate absolute values or percentage rates for the royalties.
The PowerVR SGX Series5XT graphics processing unit (GPU) IP core family features performance enhancements over the established SGX Series5 architecture. Series5XT SGX cores are based on a second-generation Universal Scalable Shader Engine (USSE2) that delivers higher processing throughput than the earlier Series5 USSE shader engine, as well as other architectural extensions enabling low-power and high-performance for 2D, 3D and general purpose processing in either single-core or scalable multi-processor solutions.
Hossein Yassaie, CEO, Imagination said: “We are delighted to confirm that we have extended our long-standing relationship with TI. Our core technology continues to be vital to the significant and growing success of TI’s OMAP processors, an industry leading mobile and embedded SoC platform. This agreement will help Imagination deliver its latest outstanding PowerVR graphics technologies into the hands of device manufacturers, developers and consumers for years to come.”