Renesas Electronics and Renesas Mobile to License Imagination Technologies' PowerVR Series6 Graphics Technologies
LONDON, UK, and TOKYO, Japan, November 14, 2011 — Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE: IMG; “Imagination”), a leader in System-on-Chip Intellectual Property (“SoC IP”), Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723; “Renesas”), a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, and Renesas Mobile Corporation (“Renesas Mobile”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics and an innovative supplier of advanced cellular semiconductor solutions and platforms, today announced that Imagination and Renesas Electronics signed a multiuse license agreement for IP from Imagination's PowerVR Series6 ‘Rogue’ graphics family.
Renesas Mobile will initially deploy Imagination's technologies in its cellular platforms for high-performance smartphones, tablets, and in-car infotainment, but the technology will also be used by Renesas Electronics in its SoC lineups for other consumer markets.
The PowerVR Series6 GPU family, codenamed ‘Rogue’, enables unrivalled GFLOPS performance per mm2 and per mW for all APIs. These will enable Renesas Mobile's future products to deliver advanced graphics performance including highly featured user interfaces, ultra-fast and exciting gaming experiences and rich applications that exceed the expectations and desires of users.
PowerVR Series6 delivers not only a clear technology advantage and exceptional roadmap, driven by one of the largest teams of graphics engineers in the world, but also an extensive ecosystem of third party developers which has created hundreds of thousands of apps optimised for PowerVR enabled devices to date.
“Needless to say that advanced graphics performance is a key factor in giving users a strong visual impression through intuitive User Interfaces, which are becoming increasingly important for smartphone and future IT system in cars,” said Toshihiro Hattori, Vice President of SoC Business Division, Renesas Mobile Corporation. “Imagination Technologies is a long-standing IP partner of Renesas Mobile and Renesas Electronics for advanced graphics used in SoC products. The new PowerVR Series6 will enable us to provide attractive solutions for many markets and users.”
“We are delighted to continue our strategic partnership with Renesas with this multiuse agreement for PowerVR Series6. Renesas is a long-standing partner of Imagination in graphics, and has consistently delivered outstanding SoCs with advanced and compelling PowerVR-based graphics capabilities,” said Tony King-Smith, VP marketing, Imagination Technologies. “This latest expansion of our partnership will help both companies to further drive and exploit the latest graphics trends.”
Under the terms of its licensing arrangements Imagination receives license fees and royalty revenues on shipment of chips incorporating Imagination's IP.
About Renesas Electronics Corporation
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world's number one supplier of microcontrollers, is a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions and a broad range of analog and power devices. Business operations began as Renesas Electronics in April 2010 through the integration of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723) and Renesas Technology Corp., with operations spanning research, development, design and manufacturing for a wide range of applications. Headquartered in Japan, Renesas Electronics has subsidiaries in approximately 20 countries worldwide. More information can be found at www.renesas.com.
About Renesas Mobile Corporation
Renesas Mobile Corporation (RMC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) and offers advanced and innovative products and services for mobile phones, car infotainment solutions, consumer electronics and industrial applications. Renesas Mobile's mission is to develop, productize and deliver communications centric semiconductor chipsets and complete hardware and software platforms built on these chipsets to meet the needs of our customers in these markets. Renesas Mobile provides complete cellular chipset platform solutions including powerful applications processors, leadership and industry reference cellular modems, highly integrated radio frequency devices and intelligent power management solutions. Renesas Mobile offers our customer complete system and software expertise to develop flagship devices more rapidly.
About Imagination Technologies
Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE:IMG)—a global leader in multimedia and communication technologies—creates and licenses market-leading multimedia IP cores for graphics, video, and display processing, multi-threaded embedded processing/DSP cores and multi-standard communications and connectivity processors. These silicon intellectual property (IP) solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by platform level IP and services, a strong array of software tools and drivers and extensive developer and middleware ecosystems. Target markets include mobile phone, handheld multimedia, home consumer entertainment, mobile and low-power computing, and in-car electronics. Its licensees include many of the leading semiconductor and consumer electronics companies. Imagination has corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. See: www.imgtec.com.
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