London, UK; and San Mateo, California; 13th May 2019 – Imagination Technologies announces that it has joined SiFive’s DesignShare ecosystem, giving system designers easy access to its industry-leading PowerVR GPU and neural network accelerator (NNA) IP cores. The PowerVR GPU will be the first fully-featured GPU supporting the Vulkan® applications programming interface (API) available via the DesignShare ecosystem.
DesignShare reduces the upfront costs of acquiring IP for System-on-Chip (SoC) prototyping. Imagination’s PowerVR Series8XE GPU and PowerVR Series3NX NNA IP will be available for customers to use in their DesignShare SoCs, with the expectation of further Imagination IP being made available in the future to meet market demand. PowerVR’s integrated GPU and NNA software stack will enable customers to achieve the very best performance and flexibility. The PowerVR software has been designed to work with all processor architectures, including the rapidly-growing, open-standard RISC-V that is at the heart of the SiFive DesignShare ecosystem.
Neal Forse, senior director of product management, PowerVR, Imagination, says: “Joining SiFive’s DesignShare ecosystem was an easy decision for Imagination. We understand the challenges customers can face when it comes to designing new SoCs and welcome the innovative approach created by SiFive to address these challenges. By joining DesignShare, we will help customers overcome barriers and ultimately enable them get to market quicker with pioneering products.”
DesignShare provides efficient and pre-integrated IP solutions that make SoC prototyping more accessible to companies and teams of all sizes.
Mohit Gupta, vice president, SoC IP solutions, strategy and business development, SiFive; says: “We’re delighted to welcome Imagination into the DesignShare movement. Imagination is renowned for its industry-leading GPU IP and award-winning NNA IP. PowerVR’s support of APIs such as Vulkan, OpenCL™, Android NNAPI, and SYCL will deliver new opportunities for customer growth for the ecosystem. Together, we hope to inspire customers to challenge the norm and develop groundbreaking custom silicon. We’re excited to see the creativity that our collaboration inspires.”