Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE: IMG), the leading provider of human computer interface intellectual property (IP), today announces that it has significantly extended its IP offerings to cover digital signal processing (DSP) technologies with the launch of its new Metagence Technologies division.
Metagence Technologies designs, licences and promotes patented multi-threaded DSP cores that will enable low cost multi-purpose communications and entertainment appliances. The first Metagence DSP processor architecture – the META-1 core is available for licensing now.
Metagence architecture makes it possible to run several real-time tasks on a single processor, rather than resorting to inefficient multi-DSP solutions. This enables devices that can integrate a combination of DAB, Consumer Audio, Digital Hi-Fi, Speech, Advanced User Interfaces, Mobile Communication and Networking applications on a single chip. Metagence technology is already being used by the partnership between Digital One and Imagination Technologies in the development of a low power, low cost, Digital Base-band (DBB) chip and digital receiver module, which will constitute the heart of inexpensive portable digital radio receivers that will be available within the year.
Says Hossein Yassaie, CEO, Imagination Technologies: “”Using true hardware multi-threading and an efficient DSP architecture we can deliver the complex DSP and mathematical capabilities and real-time response that will revolutionise the possibilities for the next-generation of electronic appliances.””
According to World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) during the year 2000 over $6 billion worth of DSP based devices shipped and this annual figure will exceed $25 billion by year 2005.