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Imagination Launches GPU and AI Open Access Program

Imagination Launches GPU and AI Open Access Program

Imagination Technologies announces its Open Access program which offers early-stage companies access to select GPU and AI accelerator IP (Intellectual Property) without licensing costs.

This program is expected to enable early-stage customers to access a choice of silicon-proven IP, reducing the cost of creating a differentiated SoC from the ground up and risks associated with R&D. Imagination also promises to provide help through technical expertise, class-leading tools, and consistent technical support.

“Enabling innovation at scale-up levels is essential in driving technological progress across the industry. Imagination’s class-leading, high-quality IP is silicon-proven – meaning it significantly reduces design risk for those who need it most,” said Jim Wallace, Senior Director of Strategic Business Development, Imagination.

“Our PowerVR Series8XE GPU and PowerVR Series3NX NNAs have shipped in multiple markets from mobile and automotive to consumer devices, DTV and DCD applications. By removing the licensing fee for this IP, Open Access offers a more accessible route to cutting-edge SoC creation.”

As announced, Imagination Open Access provides access to four PowerVR Series8XE GPUs and three PowerVR Series3NX NNAs. A software driver is also supplied by Imagination, and compatible open-source drivers are now also available in the market.

“Imagination and RIOS Laboratory have a strong partnership in growing the RISC-V ecosystem, with our PicoRio™ open-source RISC-V computer being the first to benefit from the early stages of the Open Access program,” said Zhangxi Tan, co-director at RISC-V International Open Source Laboratory, RIOS Lab.

“We are also grateful for the consistent support from the Imagination University Program, offering GPU and RISC-V course material that equips the next generation of talent with the tools for success. We look forward to leveraging the Open Access program with major global partners in the PC space.”

This program further lowers the barriers of entry to SoC design, enabling scale-ups to create advanced IoT and AI products for applications covering smart home, industrial designs for smart cities or smart factories, smart kiosks and signage, healthcare tech and more.