The IMGworks group provides comprehensive system-on-chip (SoC) design services, software integration services and support expertise to provide a fast and low-risk path to production for both customer SoC designs based around Imagination's IP cores and system integration of OEM products incorporating chips using one or more of Imagination’s technologies.
With a proven track record in all SoC process technologies down to 65nm, including taping out many complete SoC designs now successfully in production, IMGworks has developed a state of the art design-flow using EDA tools from the leading providers to support designs down to 28nm. The methodology ensures that the SoC implementation is optimized for performance, area and power.
Typical engagements start at design concept and progress through specification, IP customization and integration, chip-level verification, physical design and handoff to manufacturing. To support this activity IMGworks provides a range of SoC IP such as DMA controllers, bus arbiters and standard peripherals. In addition, software device drivers and test applications can be provided to accelerate chip qualification and product development.
As well as fully bespoke solutions IMGworks also offer standardized platform implementations which can be modified to meet specific requirements, thereby accelerating time to market.
These services are used by many of our customers, and in some cases our fabless semiconductor partners use IMGworks as their initial LSI design department during the early stages of growth, enabling them to focus on product support, sales and future product development. IMGworks can also help ramp-up a new design team by transferring a complete working SoC design to them, and advising them on appropriate design flows, libraries, foundries and many other aspects of implementation.
IMGworks also has a team dedicated to helping licensees and OEMs complete and optimize software integration for all major operating systems (OS) and APIs. Our Platform Services team provides software integration services related to our IP to our licensees, OEMs and strategic partners. This team can undertake a wide range of software integration services relating to our IP cores, including device driver porting, integration with OS, adaptation of drivers to new APIs and assistance with system optimization. The Platform Services team is particularly attractive to partners wishing to accelerate timescales for their product roadmaps, enabling them to be first to market with the exciting new capabilities of our IP cores.