Imagination Reveals Key Elements of Its New MIPS CPU Roadmap

Imagination Reveals Key Elements of Its New MIPS CPU Roadmap

MIPS Aptiv Generation Updated; New 32/64-bit MIPS 'Warrior' Generation Added
to Roadmap

LONDON, June 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Imagination Technologies (IMG.L), a
leading multimedia, processor, communications and cloud technologies company,
announces new details about its current and future MIPS CPU portfolio.

Imagination has updated its current portfolio of MIPS Aptiv cores, extending
each of the Aptiv families with new core configurations. In addition, later
this year Imagination will start rolling out an entire generation of new MIPS
CPUs, including 32-bit and 64-bit cores. The new MIPS Series5 generation of
CPU cores, codenamed 'Warrior,' will incorporate new architectural features
and provide best-in-class performance and efficiency for a wide range of
applications.

New in MIPS Aptiv

Imagination has extended the award-winning MIPS Aptiv generation of cores,
adding a very small-footprint single-core version to the interAptiv family and
a floating point version to the microAptiv family. The high-performance
proAptiv, multi-threaded interAptiv and compact microAptiv families of cores,
are all available in refined, validated configurations offering
industry-leading low power and efficiency for today's designs.

  *The proAptiv family comes in configurations from single through to
    six-core versions with optional hardware floating point.
  *The interAptiv family includes hardware multi-threading and now comes in
    single-, dual- and quad-core configurations with optional floating point.
    The new single-core version of interAptiv removes the extra logic
    associated with multi-core coherency and L2 cache controller, providing a
    highly-efficient, multi-threaded single-core processor.
  *The microAptiv family is available in versions targeting microcontrollers
    and deeply embedded processors, and now incorporates an optional hardware
    floating point unit for applications including electric metering and motor
    control.

MIPS Roadmap

Imagination will introduce next-generation MIPS 'Warrior' cores later this
year. Details of the cores are already being shared with key MIPS customers.

The 'Warrior' generation of cores will include 32-bit and 64-bit variants with
a focus on superior performance efficiency across the high-end, mid-range and
entry-level/microcontroller CPUs. These cores are based on the heritage of
MIPS, the industry's most efficient RISC architecture, targeted to deliver the
best performance and lowest power consumption in a given silicon area.

Building on the true 32-bit and 64-bit instruction set compatibility of MIPS,
'Warrior' cores will provide binary compatibility from the entry-level to the
high-end. 64-bit 'Warrior' cores have no need for excess 'baggage' to execute
legacy 32-bit code, and the broad range of tools and applications built for
the 64-bit MIPS architecture over the past 20+ years will seamlessly work with
'Warrior' cores.

Key 'Warrior' features will include:

  *Hardware virtualization across the entire range of cores, providing
    compelling benefits for applications from compute-intense enterprise
    environments to energy efficient mobile platforms
  *MIPS hardware multi-threading technology, enabling better overall
    throughput, quality of service (QoS), and power/performance efficiency in
    select 'Warrior' cores
  *Imagination's unique, extensible and highly scalable security framework
    for applications including content protection on mobile devices, secure
    networking protocols and payment services
  *MIPS SIMD architecture (MSA), built on instructions designed to be easily
    supported within high-level languages such as C or OpenCL for fast and
    simple development of new code, as well as leverage of existing code
  *A consistent and comprehensive toolchain across the 'Warrior' series for
    fast, easy development and debugging

MIPS – the choice in CPU IP

Hossein Yassaie, CEO, Imagination, says: "The industry is longing for a choice
in the CPU market, and we are making MIPS a clear and superior alternative. We
have an outstanding range of cores available today and that will be
complemented by our forthcoming 'Warrior' cores, which will provide levels of
performance, efficiency and functionality that go beyond other offerings in
the market.

"As we share Imagination's comprehensive, market-leading MIPS core roadmap
with customers worldwide, we are receiving an overwhelmingly positive
response. With MIPS, we are creating a solution that a wide range of customers
can benefit from and commit to for the long term, across applications ranging
from tiny embedded devices to 64-bit many-core products for networking and
beyond. We are confident that as we roll out the technologies on our MIPS
roadmap, we will change the landscape for CPU IP."

Says J. Scott Gardner, senior analyst, The Linley Group / Microprocessor
Report: "The MIPS Aptiv CPU core portfolio was named the 'Best Processor IP of
2012' in The Linley Group's annual Analysts' Choice Awards, as a broad
portfolio spanning virtually every processor category. The MIPS 'Warrior'
generation is designed to include an even greater range of functionality to
address rapidly changing markets. If Imagination does as great a job with the
new MIPS generation as it has done with PowerVR GPUs, then the industry will
have another strong player in the CPU IP space."

Since completing the MIPS acquisition earlier this year, Imagination has
completed integration of its CPU engineering teams, nearly doubling the
resources working on leading-edge MIPS CPU development. The company is
deploying significant investments in MIPS development, including tools,
compilers, debuggers, operating systems, software and more. Imagination is
developing the MIPS presence in key segments such as mobile by continuing to
grow the MIPS ecosystem, and by exploiting open operating systems and emerging
trends toward architecture neutrality and portability.

About MIPS processors

Imagination's family of MIPS processors are ideal for products where ultra
low-power, compact silicon area and a high level of integration are required.
MIPS processor IP cores and architectures range from ultra-low power 32-bit
microcontrollers to scalable 32-bit and 64-bit multi-core solutions for
advanced application and network processing platforms.

Based on a heritage built and continuously innovated over more than three
decades, Imagination's MIPS architecture is the industry's most efficient RISC
architecture, delivering the best performance and lowest power consumption in
a given silicon area. SoC designers can use this efficiency advantage for
significant cost and power savings, or to implement additional cores to
deliver a performance advantage in the same power, thermal and area budget.

About Imagination Technologies

Imagination Technologies - a global leader in multimedia, processor,
communication and cloud technologies - creates and licenses market-leading
processor solutions including graphics, video, vision, CPU and embedded
processing, multi-standard communications, cross-platform V.VoIP and 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

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