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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?

Deeply embedded performance

The MIPS M6200/M6250, on the other hand, target deeply embedded design areas requiring high performance and large address space, which include wired/wireless modems, GPU supervision processors, flash memory and SSD controllers, packet processing, industrial and motor control and advanced voice processing. Compared with the MIPS microAptiv CPU, the new product can increase the frequency by 30% with the same configuration.

The M6200/M6250 32bit CPUs both have a 6-stage pipeline design, integrate DSP/SIMD functionality and data integrity functionality, including ECC and parity protection, to meet the signal processing requirements of various applications. Support for microMIPS r6 ISA and AMBA APB debug interface can achieve good program code compression, smaller memory footprint, JTAG and multi-core and hybrid core debugging.

Kits for designers

Imagination has also introduced software development kits, Codescape MIPS SDK Essentials (MIPS SDK) and Codescape MIPS SDK Professional (MIPS proSDK). New Codescape tools build on the open source GNU compiler and debugger (GCC and GDB) for MIPS, which are maintained by Imagination. MIPS Codescape SDK covers all the tools and resources needed to develop MIPS software, including boot loader, linker and sample program codes.

MIPS proSDK is a more high-end and feature-rich tool set, providing the tools needed to develop advanced MIPS software for professional software developers. It can be applied to not only low-level bring-up and evaluation of MIPS-based SoCs but also complex application software development for various OS environments from Linux down to bare metal. MIPS proSDK has the latest Codescape features, including the graphical debugging environment Codescape Debugger, Codescape Console, a complete library of resources and the latest processor core model and platform IASim based on the high-speed CPU simulator developed with Imperas.

Ensigma: The complete wireless solution

Ensigma radio processors (RPUs) are not only a complete end-to-end solution covering from software to antenna, but also the only complete wireless IP sub-system on the market, claims Imagination. It integrates Wi-Fi/Bluetooth software, MAC layer, base band, analogue front end (AFE), hardened RF IP, complete host software stack industry certification testing and other system solutions.


Figure 4: Ensigma supports over 30 wireless standards.

In addition to licensing base band IP, Imagination provides RF IP to meet customer demand. Imagination works with partner RF suppliers and customers' own in-house RF to provide a series of RF choices that they can use with the Ensigma base band. Customers without RF capability can license RF from Imagination as hard IP blocks for integration or stand-alone use with Ensigma. They can also use the backend services, such as commercialisation, pre-certification and testing offered by Imagination.

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