Imagination's Ensigma Series4 Universal Communications IP Cores Shipping Now to Multiple Licensees

Imagination's Ensigma Series4 Universal Communications IP Cores Shipping Now
to Multiple Licensees

Ensigma Series4 RPUs (Radio Processor Units) Provide Unprecedented Performance
and Programmability for Advanced Yet Flexible On-Chip Communications
Processing

LONDON, June 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Imagination Technologies (LSE:IMG),
a leading multimedia, processor, communications and cloud technologies
company, announces that its Ensigma Series4 radio processor unit (RPU) IP core
family is now available for licensing, and has already been supplied to lead
partners.

The new Series4 family of RPUs introduces a highly efficient and
high-bandwidth architecture, enabling support for the most demanding
communications standards such as 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO and DVB-T2 in an optimal
and low-power implementation. By adding new highly-specialised data processors
combined with a significantly upgraded internal data fabric, the latest
Series4 RPUs deliver unprecedented performance and throughput ideal for next
generation applications from connected home multimedia to advanced continuous
data roaming.

The Ensigma Series4 family of RPUs provides a unique universal and highly
scalable solution for integrating global connectivity and broadcast
communications capabilities into SoCs. By combining the latest software
programmable radio techniques with an advanced 4^th generation multi-processor
architecture, a wide range of communications standards are fully supported,
including:

  *All 802.11 based Wi-Fi standards up to full 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO and 802.11n
    with 4x4 MIMO as well as Bluetooth
  *All major broadcast TV receiver standards
  *All major digital and FM broadcast radio standards

The flexible hardware architecture of Ensigma Series4 RPUs means that the
engine can be easily scaled to address everything from the smallest most
cost-sensitive embedded connected processors to the most advanced connected
smart TVs or tablets targeting global markets. For optimal deployment, the
Series4 family of Ensigma RPUs comes in four ranges:

  *Ensigma C4xxx cores support connectivity standards
  *Ensigma T4xxx cores support TV standards
  *Ensigma R4xxx cores support broadcast radio standards
  *Ensigma U4xxx cores are universal variants supporting all standards

By supporting multiple standards on a single engine, Ensigma Series4 RPUs
solve the ever-growing challenge of proliferating broadcast and/or
connectivity standards. They also address the issue of 'future-proof'
integration of all communications requirements onto the latest SoCs, while
achieving the lowest system cost, highest performance and lowest power
consumption under all operating conditions. A high level of programmability
means the same SoC can be used across multiple markets and product generations
with only minimal changes.

Tony King-Smith, EVP marketing, Imagination, says: "More and more of our
licensees, from Tier 1 to specialist product suppliers, are showing intense
interest in our latest unique Ensigma Series4 RPUs across a range of markets,
as they see the benefits of integrating highly efficient and advanced
communications processing on-chip. We have stated for several years that
ultimately RPUs will go on-chip just as GPUs have done, and now we're see this
trend being acknowledged by our partners across a broadening range of markets.
Given the increasingly advanced and complex communications requirements of
consumer, industrial and automotive products, the Ensigma RPU is a unique
solution ideally suited today's highly competitive markets.

Availability

Members of the Ensigma Series4 family of RPUs are available now. Contact
info@imgtec.com for more information.

Ensigma Series4 RPUs

Ensigma RPUs are part of the broad range of Imagination IP families, which
also include the industry-leading PowerVR graphics and video IP (GPUs and
VPUs), popular MIPS CPU IP, Flow cloud IP and other solutions for
next-generation SoCs.

Ensigma Series4 RPUs are ideal for markets including global chassis TV and
set-top boxes, consumer and automotive radio, tablets and other connected
consumer products, as well as embedded processors powering the Internet of
Things.

The Ensigma Series4 architecture uniquely combines fully programmable
modulation and coding processors with multi-standard hardware accelerators and
a multi-stream DMA (Direct Memory Access) fabric to yield a power and area
optimised multi-standard baseband solution. The core modulation and coding
processor is complemented by an array of configurable, and in some cases
programmable, hardware accelerators implementing functions less suited to
software, such as signal down-conversion and advanced error correction, and
are themselves re-used between standards.

The Ensigma Series4 IP architecture features a highly-scalable multicore
approach for maximum configurability, combined with an ultra-high bandwidth
programmable bus fabric and an extremely efficient VLIW-based 4^th generation
modulation processor with multi-context capabilities. This enables Series4
RPUs to be configured to 4x4 MIMO, 802.11ac and beyond, as well as more than
30 standards for every major 802.11 profile, TV and radio broadcast, Bluetooth
and many other broadcast and connectivity communications standards.

Ensigma RPUs support all key standards for connectivity including 802.11abg,
802.11n with up to 4x4 MIMO, 802.11ac with up to 2x2 MIMO, as well as
Bluetooth. They also enable global TV products supporting DVB-T2, DVB-T,
ISDB-T, ATSC, GB20600-2006 (CTTB), DVB-S2, DVB-S, ISDB-S, DVB-C, J.83B,
ISDB-C; analogue TV; mobile TV including T-DMB, 1-Seg ISDB-T; and broadcast
radio standards including DAB/DAB+, HD Radio, 3-seg ISDB-T, ISDB-Tmm and FM.

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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