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Imagination China sees 2020 out in award-winning style with IMG Series 4 NNA

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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The Android Invasion: Imagination GPU IP buddies up with Google-powered devices

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.

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Introducing Imagination Originals: a new 3D art competition for all

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.

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PowerVR SDK and Tools 2020 Release 2 now available

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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Back in the high-performance game

My first encounter with the PowerVR GPU was helping the then VideoLogic launch boards for Matrox in Europe. Not long after I joined the company, working on the rebrand to Imagination Technologies and promoting both our own VideoLogic-branded boards and those of our partners using ST’s Kyro processors. There were tens of board partners but only for one brief moment did we have two partners in the desktop space: NEC and ST.

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IMG B-Series – a multi-core revolution for a new world

B-Series uses multi-core to deliver an incredible 33 core variations for the widest range of options at all levels of performance points. From the smallest IoT cores up to the mid-range desktop equivalent B-Series an outperform mid-range next-gen consoles. Learn more in this blog post.

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The long and winding road to autonomous cars

The past has a habit of making promises that the future struggles to keep. By 2001, we were supposed to be encountering black monoliths around the orbit of Saturn, but, in reality, we’re only just getting close to returning to the moon after a 50-year absence. Where we were going, we were supposed not to need roads, but in reality, the only flying cars we have are the ones that took a wrong turn off a cliff because the driver was slavishly looking at the sat nav instead of looking out of the window.   The 1980s, of course, gave us KITT, the four-wheeled, driverless, talking Knight Rider car and with a rumoured film remake in the works, this is still something that fascinates us. Of course, while we can talk at our cars, they don’t yet talk back – but the driverless thing? Well, that is certainly on the cards.

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Introducing the Ray Tracing Levels System – and what it will mean for gaming

Not all hardware marketed as ray tracing enabled is created equal. To help the industry understand the differences between the various solutions on offer, we have created the Ray Tracing Levels System – ranging from Level 0 through to Level 5. Read on to discover the six levels of ray tracing.

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Why electric cars matter for the IP electronics industry

What does the impending EV revolution mean for companies that create semiconductor electronics IP? We speak to several key executives at Imagination to discuss what this transition to EV means for suppliers of automotive GPU and AI IP.

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