Imagination Technologies

Imagination Technologies penetrates the RISC-V ecosphere

It's RISC, not Risk   Frankwell Lin, Andes Technology Corporation, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO Andes Technology Corporation, founded in 2005, is a Taiwanese supplier of 32-/64-bit embedded CPU cores and a founding Premier member of RISC-V International Association. The company focuses on the embedded market and delivers CPU cores with an integrated development environments and associated software and hardware for … Read more

Imagination gets into the board of RISC-V development

Imagination Technologies announced that Shanghai-based StarFive, a RISC-V developer-board supplier, has licensed the IMG B-Series GPU IP to support its latest RISC-V single-board computer (SBC). Imagination thinks the collaboration will help grow the RISC-V ecosystem. StarFive is including Imagination’s GPU in the production version of its $119/$149 85mm × 70mm BeagleV AI single-board computer, announced in January 2021. StarFive says … Read more

Imagination Technologies new B-series multi-core GPU IP

  Late last year, Imagination Technologies introduced its IMG A-Series. At the time, they said it was their most important GPU launch since the mobile PowerVR GPU, 15 years ago. Now, 11 months later, the company says it has topped itself and announced the IMG B-Series—a new expanded range of GPU IP. Imagination says the B-series multi-core lets customers reduce … Read more

Imagination under UK government scrutiny

When Canyon Bridge Partners, which is owned by China Reforma Chinese state-owned investment fund, sought to buy Imagination Technologies in 2017, Theresa May's government approved the acquisition on the basis that Canyon Bridge was licensed and regulated by US law. When the Trump administration blocked Canyon Bridge’s attempted acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor in September 2017, Canyon Bridge moved its headquarters … Read more

Imagination: Back in Black

Imagination Technologies is on its fourth CEO in three years, is in the process of losing its major customer, and is still dealing with the aftermath of the disastrous acquisition and subsequent fire-sale disposal of MIPS.  A job like that seems nearer the nightmare than the dream job end of the spectrum so I took advantage of the whole world … Read more

First look at the Arm Machine Learning Processor

Arm chose this year’s IEEE Hot Chips Symposium to show off their first-generation Machine Learning Processor claiming a design that delivers ‘massive’ efficiency improvements over GPU, CPU, or DSP implementations as well as the ability to scale from IoT to server applications. Being an English design, it probably serves tea in a porcelain cup, as well. Leaving aside the issue … Read more

Talent Wars

The revolving doors in Silicon Valley are nothing new, but within the last two or so years the migration at the superstar techno level has been particularly intense—especially in the GPU and CPU space. Some recent examples: Martin Ashton served as EVP of PowerVR Multimedia IP at Imagination Technologies Group Plc until December 1, 2016 where he was instrumental in … Read more