Imagination and TSMC Strengthen Technology Collaboration

Imagination and TSMC Strengthen Technology Collaboration

TSMC Optimising 16nm FinFET Design Flows Using PowerVR GPUs to Drive Mobile
Performance

KINGS LANGLEY, England and HSINCHU, Taiwan, March 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
TSMC (TWSE:2330) (NYSE:TSM) and Imagination Technologies (LSE:IMG), a leading
multimedia, processor, communications and cloud technologies company, today
announced the next phase of their technology collaboration.

As part of this new phase of their relationship, Imagination will work closely
with TSMC to develop highly optimised reference design flows and silicon
implementations using Imagination's industry-leading PowerVR Series6 GPUs
combined with TSMC's advanced process technologies, including 16-nanometer
(nm) FinFET process technology.

Imagination and TSMC R&D teams will also work together to create fully
characterised reference system designs, utilizing high bandwidth memory
standards and TSMC's 3D IC technology capability to demonstrate new levels of
system performance and capabilities while retaining all the essential
characteristics of power, silicon area and small package footprint demanded by
high volume mobile SoCs.

As GPUs increasingly dominate the area, power and performance of next
generation SoCs and the options available to designers using advanced silicon
processes become more complex, design flows and libraries need to be optimally
tuned to enable design teams to achieve the best possible performance, power
consumption and silicon area in ever more demanding timescales. To address
these challenges, Imagination and TSMC are investigating how the
characteristics of the latest processes, such as 16FinFET, influence the
design of high performance IP-based SoCs.

Says Hossein Yassaie, CEO of Imagination: "Many of our licensees rely on TSMC
to provide them with leading edge low power, high performance silicon foundry
capabilities. Through advanced projects initiated under this partnership,
Imagination and TSMC are working together to showcase how SoCs will transform
the future of mobile and embedded products. We are delighted to announce our
strengthening relationship with TSMC, and look forward to seeing the fruits of
these projects benefiting our many mutual customers."

"Just as memory drove silicon processes in the '80s and '90s, and CPUs drove
processes further in the late '90s and '00s, high performance mobile GPUs for
graphics and compute applications are one of the major drivers for our most
advanced process technologies," says Dr. Cliff Hou, TSMC Vice President, R&D.
"We're pleased to be working with Imagination, an established leader in mobile
and embedded GPU IP, to understand how best to use PowerVR GPUs to work with
us to optimize future generations of our most advanced process technologies,
and advanced system design techniques."

Imagination IP cores for next generation SoCs

Imagination is a member of TSMC's Soft-IP Alliance program, through which it
has begun to validate all of its major IP core families so that TSMC's
customers can take full advantage of the results of this collaboration.
Imagination's IP portfolio is unrivalled in its breadth, including:

  *PowerVR GPU (graphics processor) Series5, 5XT and 6 ('Rogue'): the most
    widely shipped for mobile and embedded graphics and GPU Compute
  *PowerVR VPU (video processor) Series3 and 4: the industry's most widely
    deployed range of multi-standard video decoder and encoder cores for
    applications from mobile to ultra-HD
  *Ensigma RPU (radio processor) Series3 and 4: the multi-standard
    programmable communications and connectivity technology for TV, radio,
    Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  *MIPS CPU and embedded processors: advanced processor architectures
    featuring hardware multi-threading that deliver class-leading performance
    from high end Android-based applications processors down to small yet
    highly efficient embedded processors

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.

About TSMC

TSMC is the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the
industry's leading process technology and the foundry segment's largest
portfolio of process-proven libraries, IPs, design tools and reference flows.
The Company's managed capacity in 2012 totaled 15.1 million (8-inch
equivalent) wafers, including capacity from three advanced 12-inch GIGAFABâ„¢
facilities, four eight-inch fabs, one six-inch fab, as well as TSMC's wholly
owned subsidiaries, WaferTech and TSMC China, and its joint venture fab, SSMC.
TSMC is the first foundry to provide 28nm production capabilities. Its
corporate headquarters are in Hsinchu, Taiwan. For more information about TSMC
please visit http://www.tsmc.com.

CONTACT: For Press Inquiries Contact:
        
         TSMC Acting Spokesperson
         Elizabeth Sun
         Director, Corporate Communication Division
         886-3-5682085
         elizabeth_sun@tsmc.com
        
         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