February 8, 2006 -- Imagination Technologies Group plc ("Imagination") – a leader in System on Chip Intellectual Property ("IP") – reports that its strategic partner ARM (“ARM”) has licensed the PowerVR MBX Lite 3D graphics IP core to Centrality Communications for use in next-generation GPS SoC product.
Imagination Technologies and ARM have a long-term joint development agreement for the integration of PowerVR graphics cores alongside ARM® microprocessor cores. Under the terms of the agreement, ARM markets and licenses the PowerVR graphics and video cores to its customer base, for use with ARM microprocessor families.
Says David McBrien, VP business development, Imagination Technologies: “This collaboration enables Centrality, a world leader in GPS SoC with a reputation for innovation, to access the state of the art graphics capabilities of PowerVR MBX and the ARM architecture and deliver an advanced navigation experience to its customers.”
Says Rob Baxter, president and chief executive officer, Centrality: “We have already positioned our processor family as the most cost-effective silicon platform for high-functional devices. This partnership with Imagination Technologies will enable us to continue to fully leverage our silicon across a wealth of potential markets by including market leading graphics technology.”
Under the terms of its licensing arrangements Imagination Technologies receives license fees and royalty revenues on SoCs incorporating Imagination Technologies’ IP shipped by partners.
About Centrality Communications
Centrality Communications is a fabless semiconductor systems company based in Santa Clara, Calif., and with major facilities in Shanghai and Taipei. Centrality's Atlas™ family of navigation processors delivers the new standard in features and value for the navigation infotainment system (NIS) market. For more information, see: www.centralitycomm.com.
About Imagination Technologies
Imagination Technologies Group plc – a leader in SoC IP – develops, licenses and supplies market-leading graphics, video and display cores, real-time multi-threaded DSP/RISC processors and communication and broadcast technologies for the mobile, consumer, automotive and PC markets. It supplies licensable IP (Intellectual Property) supported by advanced development tools to leading semiconductor and consumer electronics companies worldwide. Imagination Technologies Group plc has its corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange (FTSE:IMG). See: www.imgtec.com.