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Graphics IP cores aim at entry-level handsets

Posted: 23 Feb 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:graphics vector? graphics processor? handset VGX150?

Multimedia processor technology licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc has announced the first core in a family of vector graphics processor IP cores. The series is known as VGX, and the first core is the VGX150. The PowerVR VGX150 extends the reach of Imagination's graphics IP to entry-level handsets and developing markets. The core is intended to support OpenVG, SVG and flash content, as well as composition standards such as OpenWF, Imagination said.

The VGX architecture accelerates OpenVG 1.1, the vector graphics API developed by the Khronos group, taking on processing from the CPU. The VGX150 accelerates all OpenVG applications such as SVG players, Flash Lite 3 and Flash 7 players as well as native OpenVG content, according to the company.

The PowerVR VGX150 can be integrated within SoCs either as a standalone graphics IP core or as part of a graphics subsystem alongside other Imagination technology. The combination of PowerVR VGX and SGX gives power management options for 3D and vector graphics.

The VGX150 delivers vector graphics for the following products: entry-level and feature phones; entry-level STB and TV; personal media players; entry-level personal navigation; radios; electronic dashboards; e-book readers; and other multimedia consumer devices. Imagination did not say what process technology node the core was expected to be implemented in or how much it would cost to license the design.

"We've worked with key partners to define and deliver the next generation of vector graphics, ensuring VGX meets the needs of key OEMs and middleware providers. Whether used in combination with our other IP for comprehensive, power-efficient solutions, or standalone for high volume entry level products, PowerVR VGX is a significant and versatile new family of graphics IP cores," said Tony King-Smith, VP of marketing at Imagination, in a statement.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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