From digital TVs and set-top boxes, home gateways and network routers, to digital radio and connected audio plus an ever increasing number of smart home appliances, this market covers the wide range of products and technology we find in our homes.
The consumer electronics landscape continues to evolve, with innovation directed towards building fully connected, truly smart and autonomous devices: the dawn of ’Smart 2.0’. With the migration towards UHD (4K and 8K) TV services, the emphasis is not just about increasing TV resolution but also on improved picture quality, from ‘more’ pixels to ‘better’ pixels.
Security of devices is becoming a key challenge in the increasingly connected world of consumer electronics. Devices are expected to become ever ‘smarter’, packing in more technology and wider connectivity, leading to increased software complexity and greater risk of compromise.
The SoCs inside these increasingly ‘smart’ home electronics must offer exceptional performance and be more highly integrated than ever, but also need to be delivered at the aggressive price points that this market demands.
PowerVR: PowerVR video cores, image enhancement and display technologies easily handle the demanding requirements of the widest spectrum of DTV devices including the latest UHD (4K) and HDR (high-dynamic range) displays. PowerVR graphics (GPU) cores open up a whole range of user interface possibilities for TVs and set-top boxes, from entry-level to high-end. And for image capture, PowerVR vision (ISP) cores offer world-leading image pipeline solutions, from CMOS sensor through to video encode and display.
MIPS: MIPS is the leading CPU architecture in home entertainment products today, shipping in millions of TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and home gateways annually. MIPS cores are proven to deliver top-of-the-line performance in nearly half the silicon area of other IP cores. Hardware virtualization is now standard across all MIPS products from high-end down to the smallest microcontrollers, enabling Imagination’s unique multi-domain heterogeneous security, Omnishield. MIPS cores offer the outstanding security and performance essential for the next generation of home entertainment products.
Ensigma: From multi-standard connectivity to crystal clear audio, our embedded processing, DSP and communications technologies are at the heart of hundreds of products from leading brands worldwide. Our Ensigma radio processors (RPUs) support a comprehensive set of both analogue and digital TV and radio standards in addition to Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi. They are also ready for the next generation IEEE 802.11ah Wi-Fi and IEEE 802.15.4-based communications protocols such as Zigbee.