LONDON, UK: Imagination Technologies (LSE:IMG), a leader in system-on-chip (SoC) Intellectual Property (IP), today announced that it has signed a new licensing agreement with Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) one of the world’s leading global electronics companies, which enables Hitachi to integrate Imagination’s PowerVR MBX Lite graphics core alongside Hitachi’s SH-Mobile (SuperH Mobile Application Processor) series targeting advanced mobile handsets.
The SH-Mobile processor is a high-performance 32-bit application processor core that allows high speed processing of multimedia applications for 2.5G and 3G mobile phone systems. PowerVR MBX Lite is a very compact and efficient 2D and 3D graphics-processing core for the handheld market, which enables the migration of modern content to mainstream mobile devices while minimising power-consumption and memory requirements.
Imagination and Hitachi already have an existing strategic multi-use licensing agreement for the integration of PowerVR graphics and video cores alongside Hitachi’s SuperH family of RISC microprocessors to target a broad range of consumer entertainment and information devices. This relationship has already resulted in content and application developers being highly familiar with the SuperH and PowerVR cores.
Under the terms of the new agreement Imagination Technologies receives license income and will receive royalty revenues when Hitachi ships products incorporating the PowerVR MBX Lite core.