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MIPS Multi-Threaded CPUs From Imagination Push Performance To New Levels For Altair's New LTE Chipsets

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Imagination Technologies (LSE:IMG), a leading multimedia, processor, communications and cloud technologies company, announces that two new baseband processors from Altair Semiconductor, a leading developer of high performance, single-mode LTE chipsets, are powered by MIPS CPU cores from Imagination. Altair's new FourGeeā„¢-3800 and FourGeeā„¢-3802 processors are built on the architecture of Altair's MIPS-Based Verizon-Certified FourGee-3100/6200 chipset, with enhanced features and increased performance, supporting the newest LTE standards.

Multi-threading technology within the chips enables better overall throughput, quality of service (QoS), and power/performance efficiency. The new chipsets each include multiple multi-threaded MIPS cores controlling various functions, including the high-performance 700MHz network processor subsystem.

With ultra-low active and idle power consumption, the latest LTE features and functionality and a broad set of host and peripheral interfaces, the new Altair chipsets are designed to support a range of applications including smartphones, tablets, mobile hotspots, routers and M2M. Multi-threading technology can be a particular advantage in balancing cost, performance and power for these devices, boosting performance where multiple latency-sensitive tasks must be handled simultaneously.

Eran Eshed, co-founder and VP marketing of Altair, says: "MIPS cores are at the heart of all our FourGee product families, which are gaining increasing traction across the globe. The inherent scalability and efficiency of MIPS cores, along with their compelling multi-threading technology, help us to provide the right mix of performance, features and cost. We see a great opportunity for our single-mode chipsets as carriers look to avoid the high cost of 3G and multi-mode solutions in a range of applications, including the 'internet of things,' which has the potential to achieve billions of units over the next decade. We are pleased to work with Imagination to help our customers achieve success in the market."

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