Imagination and TSMC optimise IP
Imagination and TSMC say they have achieved 25% overall performance improvement for the PowerVR Series6 GPU core, with key blocks demonstrating 30% improvement compared to existing design flows.
Imagination and TSMC are developing optimised IP libraries and fully characterised reference system designs for Imagination’s IP cores on TSMC’s advanced processes including 28HPM and 16nm FinFET technologies.
This collaboration will enable mutual customers to achieve significant performance gains for next-generation applications. Leveraging extensive analysis of factors affecting performance, Imagination is taping out next-generation multi-core, multi-cluster PowerVR Series6 GPU design to characterise these performance improvements and plans to demonstrate a test chip later this year.
The resulting reference flow and optimised libraries will enable SoC designers to significantly accelerate time-to-market and increase performance for similar implementations of PowerVR Series6 GPUs.
Tony King-Smith, Imagination EVP marketing, says: “The growing reliance on graphics processors to power the best user experiences means the GPU has become the new silicon process driver for the coming decade. It occupies as much as 50% or more of leading edge SoCs, and demands the highest performance memory bandwidth.”