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Imagination And TSMC Strengthen Technology Collaboration

"Just as memory drove silicon processes in the '80s and '90s, and CPUs drove processes further in the late '90s and '00s, high performance mobile GPUs for graphics and compute applications are one of the major drivers for our most advanced process technologies," says Dr. Cliff Hou, TSMC Vice President, R&D. "We're pleased to be working with Imagination, an established leader in mobile and embedded GPU IP, to understand how best to use PowerVR GPUs to work with us to optimize future generations of our most advanced process technologies, and advanced system design techniques."

Imagination IP cores for next generation SoCs

Imagination is a member of TSMC's Soft-IP Alliance program, through which it has begun to validate all of its major IP core families so that TSMC's customers can take full advantage of the results of this collaboration. Imagination's IP portfolio is unrivalled in its breadth, including:
  • PowerVR GPU (graphics processor) Series5, 5XT and 6 ('Rogue'): the most widely shipped for mobile and embedded graphics and GPU Compute
  • PowerVR VPU (video processor) Series3 and 4: the industry's most widely deployed range of multi-standard video decoder and encoder cores for applications from mobile to ultra-HD
  • Ensigma RPU (radio processor) Series3 and 4: the multi-standard programmable communications and connectivity technology for TV, radio, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • MIPS CPU and embedded processors: advanced processor architectures featuring hardware multi-threading that deliver class-leading performance from high end Android-based applications processors down to small yet highly efficient embedded processors

About Imagination Technologies

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

About TSMC

TSMC is the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the industry's leading process technology and the foundry segment's largest portfolio of process-proven libraries, IPs, design tools and reference flows. The Company's managed capacity in 2012 totaled 15.1 million (8-inch equivalent) wafers, including capacity from three advanced 12-inch GIGAFABâ„¢ facilities, four eight-inch fabs, one six-inch fab, as well as TSMC's wholly owned subsidiaries, WaferTech and TSMC China, and its joint venture fab, SSMC. TSMC is the first foundry to provide 28nm production capabilities. Its corporate headquarters are in Hsinchu, Taiwan. For more information about TSMC please visit .
CONTACT: For Press Inquiries Contact:
         TSMC Acting Spokesperson
         Elizabeth Sun
         Director, Corporate Communication Division
         Imagination Technologies' Press Contacts:
         UK: David Harold
         +44 (0)1923 260 511
         USA: Jen Bernier-Santarini
         +1 408-530-5178

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