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Imagination focuses on secure, differentiated IP platforms

Posted: 31 Mar 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Imagination Technologies? OmniShield? PowerVR? video encoder? HEVC?

Synopsys' IC Compiler II is a fully functional layout and cabling system based on a new multi-threading infrastructure, capable of handling the designs with more than 500 million instantiated units. In order to fully reflect its "re-thinkable, re-buildable, re-usable" development strategy, IC Compiler II is based on industry-standard I/O formats and familiar interface and technology files, and introduces innovative design storage capabilities.

Developers focus on the full chip-level design from the beginning of the development with IC Compiler II. It deploys innovative design and planning functions, improving performance by 10 times and reducing memory usage by 5 times. This enables the designers to quickly assess a variety of optional chip layout solutions to determine the best starting point for design implementation.

HMI in connected cars

Another Imagination partner is Rightware, which is one of the few enterprises that provides commercial real-time graphical user interface solutions. One of the main advantages of Rightware's Kanzi solution is the performance: it supports high-quality, high-definition, real-time 2D and 3D graphics rendering. Kanzi's real-time rendering enables the use of more realistic materials and provides advanced effects, such as dynamic lighting, that are completely different than the static methods of pre-rendering.

Rightware's Sales Director Pan Kai explained, "To create fresh, modern, captivating and timeless design capabilities, both 2D and 3D graphics need to be utilised together with artistic and visual talent and vision. The current workflow of UI design is: the designer first draws a prototype and delivers it to the engineer for implementation by using code. If there's any problem, the process repeats. Kanzi UI design tools help designers easily create 3D UIs and then deploy them to various platforms. The ideas of designers can be perfectly achieved without writing a single line of code in the whole process."

Audi and Visteon are both Rightware's long-term customers. In addition to the automotive industry, Rightware continues to improve Kanzi and pushes its success in the automotive industry into the smart TV, mobile phone, tablet and other embedded industries. Moreover, the company has developed mobile phone and tablet performance analysis tools. Its Basemark benchmark series products provide comprehensive performance measurements for OpenGL ES, OpenVG, OpenCL, Android, iOS, Linux and Windows Mobile.

Audi TT integrated dashboard

Figure 6: The new Audi TT integrated dashboard uses Rightware Kanzi's user interface solution.


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