Designers of neural network accelerator (NNA) IP have a Herculean task on their hands: making sure that their product is sufficiently general to apply to a very wide range of current and future applications, whilst guaranteeing high performance. In the mobile, automotive, data centre and embedded spaces targeted by Imagination’s cutting-edge IMG Series4 NNAs, there even more stringent constraints on bandwidth, area and power consumption. The engineers at Imagination have found innovative ways to address these daunting challenges and deliver ultra-high-performance and future-proof IP.
The ISO 26262 Digital Conference is a not-for-profit functional safety event organised by safety practitioners heavily involved with ISO 26262 and is designed to provide opportunities for those in the industry to network, share knowledge and engage in discussions. For obvious reasons, the event this year is taking place entirely online and will run between 24th – 25th March 2021.
We are saddened to report the passing of Dr Mike Carey, founder of Ensigma, which innovated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology and was owned by Imagination between 2000 and and late 2020. Mike was a brilliant and generous leader and a pleasure to know and work with. Mike was from Chepstow in Wales and Ensigma continued to have offices in the town throughout its history.
Development boards are cool and the BeagleBone® Black (BBB) is one of the more interesting ones around. This widely available tiny board costs around £35 and will boot Linux is only 10 seconds so anyone interested in development can get stuck in quickly. The Introduction to Mobile Graphics course has been recently revamped for 2020 for the Imagination’s University Programme and the widely available, low-cost BBB is an ideal platform for student teaching and exercises based on OpenGL® ES2.0, instead of an expensive standard PC.
Towards the end of last year, Apple released the latest version of its Apple MacBook Pro and Macbook Air laptops. This release was notable as with these brand-new laptops Apple made a significant change – the processor inside was based on its own M1 chip rather than the Intel architecture that it had been using since 2006. Since its release, the Apple M1 has been widely hailed for its performance, outstripping Intel in all the major benchmarks and all in a cool, quiet package with low power consumption.
Imagination pioneered hardware-based ray tracing technology several years ago with a focus on an ideal blend of performance, quality power efficiency and the IP is available for licensing. Its efforts have been recognised by the 5G Cloud Gaming Industry Alliance (5GCGA), a new cross-industry collective that aims to develop the 5G cloud game industry worldwide.
Bought a new gaming console or PC graphics card recently? You may be responsible for someone else wait for the brand-new car they wanted. While these things may seem unrelated on the surface, they are in fact connected by the realities of global manufacturing and supply and demand.
It is with great sadness that we heard the news that Geoff Shingles, an important part of this company for many years, has died. Geoff was a highly experienced chairman and his advice to us was always to be bold, to innovate, and to be unafraid to work with even the biggest companies in the world.
Speech recognition has become more relevant in recent years: it enables computers to translate spoken language into text. It can be found in different types of applications, such as translators or closed captioning. An example of this technology is Mozilla’s DeepSpeech, an open-source speech-to-text engine, which uses a model trained by machine learning techniques based on Baidu’s Deep Speech research paper. We are going to provide an overview of how we are running version 0.5.1 of this model, by accelerating a static LSTM network on the Imagination neural network accelerator (NNA), with the goal of creating a prototype of a voice assistant for an automotive use case.
Earlier this month Imagination Technologies picked up two awards for its recently launch IMG Series 4 neural network accelerator (NNA). Our NNA is no stranger to awards, with the design team behind the Series2 NX and the NNA itself picking up gongs for its groundbreaking performance. The Series 4 takes things to new levels, with its scalable architecture offering 500 TOPS of performance, and even beyond.
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