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.
Google Android continues to have the lion share of the mobile market, powering around 75% of all smartphones and tablets, making it the most used operating system in the world. Imagination’s PowerVR architecture-based IP and the Android OS are bedfellows, with a host of devices based on Android coming to market all the time. Here we list a few that have appeared in Q4 2020.
With ray tracing on mobile hardware an approaching reality, we wanted to show the world the kind of thing that could be created when mobile gaming meets ray tracing. Imagination Originals initiative is a challenge to the game art community to make gorgeous work but with the added sparkle of ray traced lighting, whilst working strictly within the limits of mobile power budgets.
We all know that 2020 has been quite a challenging year, but we hope you’re doing well. Over the last few months, here in DevTec, we’ve been working hard to get this new release out for you and the time has now come for our second release of the PowerVR SDK and Tools of 2020. So, what’s new with this latest release? Let’s take a quick look at a few of the major changes.
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