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About a month before CES 2015 I wrote an in-depth blog article about our PowerVR Series7XT GPUs, presenting the industry-leading performance efficiency gains made since Series6XT and giving an overview of their desktop-class features. Today I’m very excited to announce GT7200 Plus and GT7400 Plus, two new GPUs that represent the next evolution of our Rogue architecture. These new graphics … Continued

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At the IoT Design Conference and Exhibition in London last month, a number of high-profile speakers touched upon the potential of the IoT market, and some of its most promising verticals in terms of explosive growth. Bryce Johnstone, senior marketing manager at Imagination, said in his presentation that the number one vertical for IoT/M2M services is automotive but that agriculture, … Continued

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Providing our readers with the latest news and updates from Imagination Technologies and our partner ecosystem has been our mission for the last four years. The list below includes some of the most exciting features published recently, accompanied by a summary that provides additional context or further updates for each item. Without further ado, here are the top 10 articles … Continued

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When someone brings up the topic of open source software, many think of the GNU/Linux operating system and the vast community of developers formed around it. However, there are several other active open source software projects that deserve equal attention; one example is the BSD operating system – a group of popular Unix-like operating systems (e.g. FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD) developed … Continued

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Imagination designed its PowerVR Tile-Based Deferred Rendering (TBDR) graphics architecture more than 20 years ago with a focus on efficiency across performance, power consumption and system level integration. This approach has equally been applied to our integration of compute functionality in our GPU architecture; PowerVR Rogue is the most recent version of our GPU architecture and it fully supports mobile … Continued

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A crisis can, if exploited correctly, kick-start a new phase of growth. And the growth can be quite explosive where financial muscle, innovation, volume demand and national security interests intersect. No, this isn’t a spy novel: it’s a summary of the dynamics at play in the semiconductor industry. The semiconductor industry has changed due to a number of interrelated factors … Continued

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MIPS OCI (On Chip Instrumentation) is a new flexible, modular debug architecture from Imagination for heterogeneous computing systems integrating multiple MIPS CPUs, and systems that combine MIPS CPUs with other CPU architectures. OCI comprises of modular interoperable debug IP components that can be selected to produce an optimal debug solution tailored to the needs of a specific SoC design. The … Continued

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Cloud interfaces In an IoT system, the provision of services by the cloud will depend on several conditions. Security is a concern for device-to-cloud data transactions. An IoT device will need to support data encryption to the cloud via TLS or https. The software stack in the IoT device will need to support these security components. In addition, cloud based … Continued

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One way of looking at the future of consumer electronics is to analyze markets where there is room for disruption. In this article I’d like to focus on two of these markets: home entertainment and automotive – and highlight two examples of how Imagination is working closely with semiconductor vendors, OEMs and other companies in its ecosystem to push the … Continued

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After exploring a quick guide to writing OpenCL kernels for PowerVR Rogue GPUs and analyzing a heterogeneous compute case study focused on image convolution filtering, I am going to spend some time looking at how developers can measure the performance of their OpenCL kernels on PowerVR Rogue GPUs. The performance of scalar code running on a CPU depends upon how … Continued

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I’ve recently returned from a trip to China where I’ve attended the two Imagination Summits organized in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively. Alongside a series of exciting presentations from my colleagues as well many of our ecosystem partners, I also enjoyed seeing several demonstrations and prototypes of next-generation devices using Imagination IP in addition to many real-life products using our technologies. … Continued

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Since their release, the Ensigma Series4 family of Radio Processing Units (RPUs) has been the powerhouse for high-performance connectivity standards such as 802.11ac 2×2 and 802.11n 4×4 as well as many TV and radio broadcast standards supported by Imagination. Multiple customers have licensed these RPUs to integrate more (or all) high-performance connectivity on-chip; examples include S2-Tek, Toshiba, Elvees, Rockchip, and … Continued

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In a previous article we described our PowerVR Imaging Framework, a set of extensions to the OpenCL and EGL APIs that enable efficient zero-copy sharing of memory between a PowerVR GPU and other system components such as a CPU, ISP and VDE. Most flows use EGL to facilitate the sharing of objects between multiple client APIs, requiring the Khronos extension … Continued

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