Designed for heterogeneous compute

Meet Catapult

Catapult, a RISC-V CPU product line designed from the ground up for deployment in key applications and configurable for any use. Leveraging nearly three decades of experience in delivering complex solutions, Imagination’s new CPU series is backed by the strong and ever-expanding RISC-V ecosystem.

Catapult CPUs are designed for various market applications and also next-generation control, compute and heterogeneous compute needs.

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Catapult at a glance

Catapult CPUs are available in four distinct product groups: dynamic microcontrollers, real time embedded CPUs, high performance application CPUs and functionally safe automotive CPUs. All Catapult CPUs are based on the open RISC-V ISA and are configurable to application needs. The first family of Catapult CPUs (microcontrollers) are already shipping in high-performance Imagination automotive GPUs.

Built on RISC-V

Ground-up design based on RISC-V that can be configured for performance, efficiency, or balanced profiles, making them suitable for a wide range of markets.
Protected by a rich portfolio of hundreds of fundamental CPU patents, giving you peace of mind when you ship.
Part of the heterogeneous solution with market-leading Imagination GPU, AI and Ethernet cores.
Full hardware and software support for heterogeneous SoCs using Imagination IP cores.
Functionally Safe
Accelerating automotive and industrial markets by providing functionally safe and secure CPUs.
Established and proven over nearly three decades of expertise to deliver very complex IP and heterogeneous solutions reinforced by a strong support function.

Supported and tested

Catapult CPUs are fully optimised and tested extensively before reaching the market. In addition, Catapult CPUs are designed to be compliant with the RISC-V ISA as it develops, resulting in a solution that is fully supported by a broad and increasing ecosystem.

As part of Imagination’s heterogeneous compute solution, Catapult CPUs offer full hardware, software and debug support for SoCs using Imagination IP – including the market-leading Imagination GPU, AI and Ethernet cores. This allows SoC manufacturers to increase energy efficiency, free up system resources and improve the performance of their designs.

Highly configurable design

Catapult cores are engineered for markets ranging from 5G modems, storage, ADAS (including safety island) to autonomous vehicles, data-centre, high-performance computing. These are multi-threaded RISC-V cores which come in both 32-bit and 64-bit variants and have a plethora of configuration options. Catapult CPU solutions can be scaled up to eight coherent cores per cluster for enhanced SoC versatility with an option to add custom accelerators.

The automotive cores are systematically developed to ISO 26262 standards and provide a range of CPU solutions for different integrity levels.

The new CPUs are based on industry-proven security concepts. This design enables SoC manufacturers to attain the highest level of security and certification required by their target market.

Catapult SDK and Catapult Studio

Catapult CPUs are delivered with a fully-featured SDK, which includes enhanced versions of industry-standard build, debug tools such as GCC, LLVM and GDB, optimised C libraries, and Imagination’s IDE: Catapult Studio.

Based on Visual Studio Code, the new Catapult SDK empower developers to take full advantage of Catapult CPUs, by offering enhancements for embedded and RISC-V cores and also with close integration to the wide SDK. It is available for Windows, Ubuntu, CentOS and MacOS, while offering full Linux support. Catapult CPUs are also delivered with both fast and performance models, which offer interactive debug and are is compatible with gem5 simulator, unlocking simulation environments for enhanced power- and energy-efficiency testing.


Not all of our RISC-V products are public yet. If you want to know more we are happy to provide a deep dive into our roadmap under NDA.
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