Imagination Welcomes MediaTek's Innovation in True Heterogeneous Multi-Processing With New SoC Featuring PowerVR Series6 GPU

Imagination Welcomes MediaTek's Innovation in True Heterogeneous
Multi-Processing With New SoC Featuring PowerVR Series6 GPU

MediaTek and Imagination Working Together to Create Optimal HMP SoCs

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Imagination Technologies
(LSE:IMG), a leading multimedia, processor, communications and cloud
technologies company, recognizes its partner MediaTek Inc. for its unique
deployment of heterogeneous processing. Confirmed by leading industry sources,
Imagination sees the company's new MT8135 SoC as the industry's first publicly
announced mobile SoC enabling heterogeneous multi-processing (HMP) utilizing
asymmetric processor configurations. This innovative SoC features
Imagination's latest generation PowerVR Series6 'Rogue' graphics processor
(GPU).

True heterogeneous multi-processors enable dynamic configuration of the
operating modes of CPUs of varying capabilities, GPUs, and other processing
engines in the system, to ensure ideal task allocation, optimal performance
and minimal power consumption under all real workload conditions. Imagination
believes that by utilizing true heterogeneous multi-processor technologies,
the full potential of all the complex processing resources of an SoC can be
realised. This can be seen in applications such as GPU compute, where
Imagination has demonstrated power savings in excess of 30% with 2x
performance gain when the higher performance and lower power consumption of
PowerVR GPUs are used to augment the CPU compared to a CPU-only solution.

"Heterogeneous processing architectures represent the future of mobile and
embedded SoCs. We have been working with MediaTek to advance their HMP
technology on multiple fronts – as founder members of the Heterogeneous System
Architecture (HSA) Foundation, on development of this new SoC, on future
co-development and more," says Tony King-Smith, EVP marketing at Imagination.
"MediaTek's HMP implementation is a great example of how we see our partners
using their unique expertise combined with our extensive GPU, CPU and SoC
experience to differentiate their products."

MediaTek's HMP solution enables all processors in a multi-processor system to
be individually configured for an optimal balance of power and performance
under variable workloads. The solution is completely scalable and can be
configured from any number of small and large CPU or GPU 'engines.' It is also
flexible and architecturally neutral in terms of what types of processors are
used and how they are connected.

"Within an SoC, HMP works like a hybrid car using a combination of a small
energy saving engine and a high-performance engine depending on 'driver'
demand at any given point in time. Compared with previous types of
multi-processor configurations, MediaTek's HMP architecture enables far
greater flexibility and unprecedented power savings while delivering very high
performance processing," says Johan Lodenius, Chief Marketing Officer for
MediaTek.

Continues Lodenius: "Imagination's PowerVR Series 6 'Rogue' GPU is a great
match with our new HMP application processors. The MT8135 is the first of a
new generation of products using HMP and we will continue to scale this
technology seamlessly across new designs and core configurations. This will
allow us to deliver on two features that we know mobile device users really
appreciate - battery life and performance!"

Says Microprocessor Report (August 12, 2013): "With the MT8135, MediaTek is
leading in innovation with its heterogeneous multiprocessing architecture and
the Rogue GPU."

MediaTek is working closely with Imagination to further optimise CPU-GPU
configurations in its devices, and further optimising MediaTek's HMP
technology to utilise the full capabilities of the PowerVR Series6 'Rogue'
architecture. Additionally, Imagination is collaborating with its leading MIPS
partners on how best to optimise support for its exciting and innovative MIPS
Series5 'Warrior' family of advanced 64/32 bit CPUs in heterogeneous
multi-processor configurations.

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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