MIPS Multi-Threaded CPUs From Imagination Push Performance to New Levels for Altair's New LTE Chipsets

MIPS Multi-Threaded CPUs From Imagination Push Performance to New Levels for
Altair's New LTE Chipsets

Leader in Single-Mode LTE Chipsets Leverages MIPS to Pursue Opportunity in
LTE-Only Devices

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Imagination Technologies
(LSE:IMG), a leading multimedia, processor, communications and cloud
technologies company, announces that two new baseband processors from Altair
Semiconductor, a leading developer of high performance, single-mode LTE
chipsets, are powered by MIPS CPU cores from Imagination. Altair's new
FourGee™-3800 and FourGee™-3802 processors are built on the architecture of
Altair's MIPS-Based Verizon-Certified FourGee-3100/6200 chipset, with enhanced
features and increased performance, supporting the newest LTE standards.

Multi-threading technology within the chips enables better overall throughput,
quality of service (QoS), and power/performance efficiency. The new chipsets
each include multiple multi-threaded MIPS cores controlling various functions,
including the high-performance 700MHz network processor subsystem.

With ultra-low active and idle power consumption, the latest LTE features and
functionality and a broad set of host and peripheral interfaces, the new
Altair chipsets are designed to support a range of applications including
smartphones, tablets, mobile hotspots, routers and M2M. Multi-threading
technology can be a particular advantage in balancing cost, performance and
power for these devices, boosting performance where multiple latency-sensitive
tasks must be handled simultaneously.

Eran Eshed, co-founder and VP marketing of Altair, says: "MIPS cores are at
the heart of all our FourGee product families, which are gaining increasing
traction across the globe. The inherent scalability and efficiency of MIPS
cores, along with their compelling multi-threading technology, help us to
provide the right mix of performance, features and cost. We see a great
opportunity for our single-mode chipsets as carriers look to avoid the high
cost of 3G and multi-mode solutions in a range of applications, including the
'internet of things,' which has the potential to achieve billions of units
over the next decade. We are pleased to work with Imagination to help our
customers achieve success in the market."

Says Tony King-Smith, EVP marketing, Imagination Technologies: "As LTE
networks become increasingly pervasive, OEMs and carriers are looking to take
advantage of the extra speed that 4G provides, while ensuring affordability
for consumers across the globe. This is particularly true for IoT devices,
where high-end functionality meets embedded power constraints and economics.
We are delighted to continue our long relationship with Altair as it powers a
new generation of LTE devices with its innovative and proven MIPS-Based
solutions."

Altair's new FourGee™-3800 and FourGee™-3802 chipsets, together with a new a
new radio chip – the FourGee™-6300 – comprise a new chipset family that
includes support for LTE Release 10 features, Category 4 throughput, support
for Carrier Aggregation (CA), wide frequency band span of 400-3800MHz with six
concurrent LTE bands for both primary and diversity antennas for global band
combinations, integrated IMS/VoLTE with support for HD-Voice, Altair's
proprietary interference cancellation technology, Envelope Tracking (ET)
technology, enhanced Inter-cell Interference Coordination (eICIC) and other
advanced features.

About Altair Semiconductor

Altair Semiconductor is the world's leading developer of ultra-low power,
small footprint and high performance 4G semiconductors. Altair's chipsets can
be found in approximately 30 end-user devices – ranging from USB dongles to
smartphones – built by its more than 15 customers across North America,
Europe, China, India and Taiwan – making it one of the only TDD/FDD LTE
chipset manufacturers in the world with commercially available products.
Altair's comprehensive product portfolio includes baseband processors,
multi-band RF transceivers for both FDD and TDD bands, and a range of
reference hardware and product level protocol stack software. Based on a
novel, proprietary Software Defined Radio (SDR) processor, codenamed "O[2]P™",
Altair's products are the smallest and most highly power optimized in the
industry, offering an unmatched combination of flexibility and performance.
For more information, visit the company's website at
http://www.altair-semi.com. Follow Altair on Twitter: @AltairSemi

About Imagination Technologies

Imagination Technologies - a global leader in multimedia, processor and
communication technologies - creates and licenses market-leading processor
solutions including graphics, video, vision, CPU & embedded processing,
multi-standard communications, cross-platform V.VoIP & VoLTE and cloud
connectivity. These silicon and software intellectual property (IP) solutions
for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by an extensive portfolio of
software, tools and ecosystems. Target markets include mobile phone, connected
home consumer, mobile and tablet computing, in-car electronics, networking,
telecoms, health, smart energy and connected sensors. Imagination's licensees
include many of the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers, network
operators and OEM/ODMs. Corporate headquarters are located in the United
Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. See: www.imgtec.com.

CONTACT: Imagination Technologies' Press Contacts:
         UK: David Harold
         david.harold@imgtec.com
         +44 (0)1923 260 511
        
         USA: Jen Bernier-Santarini
         jen.bernier@imgtec.com
         +1 408-530-5178
        
         Altair Media Contact:
         Finn Partners Israel: Matthew Krieger
         matthew@finnpartners.co.il
         +972-544-676-950