Imagination Technologies & DENSO to Collaborate on Vehicle Processors

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【Summary】Imagination Technologies announced it is stepping up its collaboration with DENSO, a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components, in the development of enhanced processing technologies for future in-vehicle systems.

Original   Eric Walz  ·  Aug 09, 2017 12:00 PM PT
author: Eric Walz   

LONDON, — Imagination Technologies (LSE:IMG) announced it is stepping up its collaboration with DENSO, a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components, in the development of enhanced processing technologies for future in-vehicle systems.

Imagination's broad range of silicon intellectual property (IP) includes the key processing blocks needed to create the SoCs (Systems on Chips) that power all mobile, consumer and embedded automotive electronics.

Imagination Technologies unique software IP, infrastructure technologies and system solutions enable its customers to get to market quickly with complete SoC platforms. The company licenses its technology to many of the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers, network operators and automotive OEMs.

DENSO is Licensing Imagination's SoC Technology for Automotive Applications

As part of the collaboration, DENSO has licensed the MIPS I6500 CPU and PowerVR Series8XT GT8525 GPU from Imagination to create a test chip to exploit the capabilities of technologies such as hardware multi-threading and virtualization for automotive electronic systems, including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving.

Next-generation in-vehicle electronic systems are becoming increasingly complex, and require high-performance yet highly efficient processing. The MIPS I6500 CPU provides a high-performance, highly efficient backbone for these many-core designs, scaling to 64 clusters of multi-threaded multi-core MIPS CPUs, and providing an efficient platform for interfacing with other hardware accelerators in a vehicle's system.

The PowerVR GT8525, based on Imagination's new Furian GPU architecture, is designed to enable a new generation of consumer devices, including automotive systems, to deliver high-resolution, immersive graphics content and data computation for sustained time periods within mobile power budgets. Both processors implement hardware virtualization technology, which is a foundation for increased reliability and security in complex SoCs.

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Hideki Sugimoto, General Manager, Semiconductor IP Department, Basic Electronic Technology Unit at DENSO, said in a statement, "We're excited to work closely with Imagination as we explore the highly differentiated technologies built into its MIPS and PowerVR processors which we believe can have a significant positive impact on the performance, efficiency, and reliability of next-generation in-vehicle electronics. We are undertaking this project with the goal of accelerating industry innovation around enhanced processing for automotive systems."

"DENSO is a highly innovative automotive supplier investing in technologies, from the semiconductor to the system level – which will enable it to provide leading-edge products with advanced efficiencies. This agreement is a testament to Imagination's vision of future processing architectures for AI – heterogeneous, high performance, highly efficient, and secure." said Jim Nicholas, EVP MIPS Processor IP, Imagination.

Mark Dickinson, Executive Vice President of PowerVR GPU IP at Imagination, says, "We are delighted to collaborate with one of the leading automotive technology suppliers in DENSO. This underlines the position of the PowerVR Series8XT GPUs as the graphics and compute processor of choice for automotive applications. The PowerVR Furian architecture provides the required performance and advanced features – such as hardware virtualization – in a constrained power envelope that other GPUs cannot match."

Over nine billion units containing Imagination's technology have been shipped in key markets such as mobile phone, computing, home electronics, hand-held multimedia, automotive and networking.

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