Imagination and TSMC Partner to Drive Industry-Leading Performance on GPUs

Imagination and TSMC Partner to Drive Industry-Leading Performance on GPUs

Initial Effort Using PowerVR Series6 Cores Achieves 25% Performance Boost; 30%
in Key Blocks

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Imagination Technologies
(LSE:IMG), a leading multimedia, processor, communications and cloud
technologies company, announced today that it is working together with TSMC to
drive next-generation performance to new levels on Imagination's
industry-leading PowerVR GPUs. Initial efforts have already achieved 25%
overall performance improvement for the PowerVR Series6 GPU core, with key
blocks demonstrating as much as 30% improvement compared to existing design
flows.

Imagination R&D teams working with TSMC are developing highly-optimised IP
libraries and fully characterised reference system designs for Imagination's
IP cores on TSMC's advanced processes including 28HPM and 16nm FinFET
technologies. This collaboration will enable mutual customers to achieve
significant performance gains for next-generation applications. Leveraging
extensive analysis of factors affecting performance, Imagination is taping out
a highly optimised next-generation multi-core, multi-cluster PowerVR Series6
GPU design to characterise these performance improvements and plans to
demonstrate a test chip later this year. The resulting reference flow and
optimised libraries will enable SoC designers to significantly accelerate
time-to-market and increase performance for similar implementations of PowerVR
Series6 GPUs.

Says Tony King-Smith, Imagination EVP marketing: "The growing reliance on
graphics processors to power the best user experiences means the GPU has
become the new silicon process driver for the coming decade. It occupies as
much as 50% or more of leading edge SoCs, and demands the highest performance
memory bandwidth while always delivering high performance at low power. These
characteristics are critical to defining the key device parameters of future
generation processes. We're delighted to be working closely with TSMC to
ensure future silicon technologies are fully tuned to the needs of next
generation's most advanced SoCs."

"Imagination is constantly pushing the envelope in graphics technologies,
including exciting new areas such as ray tracing that will help its customers
gain maximum benefit from power-efficient silicon processes," says Suk Lee,
TSMC senior director, Design Infrastructure Marketing Division. "Our
collaboration with Imagination is helping to optimise future generations of
our most advanced process technologies and system design techniques. We are
looking forward to the continued expansion of our relationship with
Imagination to encompass GPUs, CPUs and more."

Imagination is a member of TSMC's Soft-IP Alliance program, through which it
is validating its major core IP families to provide the most optimised
technologies for mutual customers. Imagination's IP portfolio is unrivalled in
its breadth, including industry-leading PowerVR GPUs (graphics processors) and
VPUs (video processors), popular MIPS CPUs and embedded processors; advanced
Ensigma RPUs (radio processors) and other IP families.

About Imagination

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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