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Imagination puts two-thirds of itself up for sale as Apple IP fight rumbles on

Chip designer Imagination Technologies has opened a formal dispute resolution procedure with Apple after the iPhone giant decided to stop using its intellectual property. Reuters reported this morning that Imagination said it had started the procedure, which is enshrined in the contract between the two companies. Last month …
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British biz Imagination Technologies admits Apple may dump its IP

British chip designer Imagination Technologies is in trouble after Apple told the firm it would no longer be using its graphics processor cores. Apple, the firm’s largest customer, said it would stop using Imagination’s PowerVR GPU intellectual property in about two years’ time. This had a severe and immediate effect on …
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Imagination Tech's chief Hossein Yassaie quits, shares slide

One of the longest-serving tech chiefs in the world, Imagination Technologies’ CEO Sir Hossein Yassaie, has stepped down, with non-exec director Andrew Heath filling his shoes as interim chief. Yassaie headed the British semiconductor company for 18 years. After establishing a global toehold with its PowerVR (formerly …

Team MIPS tries to spoil ARM's party with new 64-bit Warrior, 32-bit microcontroller brains

Imagination Technologies has decided today – right in the middle of its arch rival ARM's annual technical conference in California – is the best day to announce some new chip designs. As a friendly reminder that ARM doesn't have the world of embedded processors completely sewn up, Imagination will unveil the 64-bit MIPS P6600 …
Chris Williams, 10 Nov 2015
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'Soft' market will make Imagination's profits droop, warns firm

British chipmaking biz Imagination Technologies has posted a profit warning for its next financial quarter, blaming "softness" in the chip market. "The semiconductor sector in general had a weak June quarter but the industry expectation is for this to improve in the second half of the year," it said in its interim update for …
Kat Hall, 16 Sep 2015
Mr. Spock goes full 3D

Google to bung next-gen Vulkan 3D graphics spec into Android

Vid Google on Monday said it will support the Khronos Group's Vulkan 3D graphics API in a future version of Android, although it's not clear when mobile game developers will be able to actually use it. Vulkan, a successor to OpenGL, has been in the works for a while now, but the Khronos Group only announced the name at the Game …
Neil McAllister, 10 Aug 2015
Imagination Technologies' MIPS tablet reference design

Imagination touts cheap Firefox OS MIPS slab to Chinese kitmakers

No longer content to cede the mobile processor market to ARM, British chip firm Imagination Technologies has unveiled a new reference tablet design powered by a CPU based on its MIPS architecture. Although designed to cost less than $100, the 9.7-inch device is more demo than actual product. Built by Chinese ODM Ingenic, its …
Neil McAllister, 24 Mar 2015
MIPS Creator CI20 development board

Chewier than a slice of Pi: MIPS Creator CI20 development board

Review Time was when chip-makers’ processor evaluation boards were well beyond the reach of ordinary mortals. That didn't matter, of course: ordinary mortals weren't interested in small, nude motherboards designed to help designers of embedded systems judge a microprocessor's suitability for the application they were working on. MIPS …
Tony Smith, 9 Mar 2015

Meet the 'smallest GPU' for wearable gizmos ... wait, where did it go?

The official launch of Android Wear was less than a month ago, but Imagination Technologies has this week unveiled a tiny graphics processor that it reckons will be just the thing for your snazzy new smartwatch. The single-core PowerVR GX5300 GPU is just 0.55mm2 – apparently the "world's smallest" – and squeezes in full OpenGL …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2014
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MIPS maneuvers for world+dog adoption with open source foundation

A new open source non-profit foundation dubbed prpl (pronounced purple) has been set up in an effort to promote the use of the MIPS architecture in everything from data centers to individual devices. The foundation is the brainchild of Imagination Technologies, which acquired MIPS in February 2013. Imagination has signed up …
Iain Thomson, 22 May 2014

Imagination brings real-time hyper-realistic ray tracing to mobile kit

Imagination Technologies has launched its new PowerVR Wizard GPU series, complete with hardware-accelerated ray tracing, and has also announced the first member of that new product family, the PowerVR GR6500. "This opens up the potential of highly photorealistic, computer generated imagery to a host of new real-time …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Mar 2014
Block diagram of Imagination Technologies PowerVR GX6650

Imagination details mucho macho PowerVR GX6650 mobile GPU

MWC 2014 At last month's Consumer Electronics show, UK chip designer Imagination Technologies unveiled its new PowerVR Series6XT Rogue GPU architecture for SoCs. On Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it released details of what it calls "the shining star of the PowerVR Series6XT," the PowerVR GX6650. Block diagram of …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Feb 2014

ARM Holdings licenses big chunk of MIPS patents

Updated ARM Holdings has helped form a consortium that has bought the rights to the majority of the patent portfolio of rival RISC chip biz MIPS Technologies. MIPS could have been a contender for clients and servers but almost certainly won't be now. MIPS chips have a minimalist, low-power design much like the various ARM processors …
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Raised res iPad 2 to sport four-core chip?

First out of the starting gate this Monday morning: iPad 2 speculation has gone into overdrive, with talk of a dual-core processor and a quadrupling of the 10.1in display's pixel count. That would take the tablet's screen resolution to a whopping 2048 x 1536, higher than a full HD TV. The rumour started with a piece on …
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2011

Apple graphics partner gets Intel cash

The world economy may be in a tailspin and jobless rates worldwide may be rising to unprecedented heights, but there's one happy company that's raising cash and beefing up its staff size: Imagination Technologies. As we reported last week, Apple recently spent $4.8m of its $25bn in cash reserves to acquire 8.2 million shares …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Dec 2008

Apple signals its mobile-graphics future

Word surfaced today in a "Listing of shares" announcement by British SoC developer Imagination Technologies that "Apple Inc. is subscribing for 8,200,000 new shares of Imagination Technologies Group plc." Apple is shelling out around $4.8m for that 3.6 per cent stake in the graphics and video chip designer. In a week when the …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Dec 2008

Pure Digital Evoke 1S DAB digital radio

Review Going back a few years, Pure Digital's parent company, Imagination Technologies, only made chips and wasn't involved in the manufacture of radios in any way. So to come as far as the company has in such a short period of time is surely testament to its ability to deliver desirable and reliable products. To our mind, a good …
Lewis Caliburn, 24 Oct 2007

Imagination licenses PowerVR, won't say who to

Imagination Technologies, the UK technology company behind the PowerVR line of mobile-friendly graphics cores, last week announced its next-gen chip design has been licensed by... er... someone. We can be a little more specific: by "an international electronics systems company", which is all Imagination would coyly reveal. …
Tony Smith, 9 Jul 2007

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