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11-Components of a modern vision processor

Deep dive: Hardware IP for computer vision [part 2]


Modern mobile application processors are highly heterogeneous, combing a variety of different hardware components optimized for different tasks. As shown in the figure below, a processor designed for vision might include an Image Signal Processor (ISP) for acquiring image sensor data, a vector processor such as a GPU for efficient data-parallel operation on pixels and […]

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03-Vision software pipeline implemented on top of hardware

Increasing performance and power efficiency in heterogeneous software


Heterogeneous architectures in embedded computing are fast becoming a reality – we indeed see many leading IP and semiconductor companies today building heterogeneous computing hardware. In the article below, I’m going to describe one typical use case for heterogeneous computing and the challenges that result from moving to a heterogeneous programming model. Running a beautification […]

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Imagination, TSMC IP platforms - SoC IP (0)

Imagination, TSMC collaborate on a wide range of IoT subsystems


If you look at the semiconductor landscape today, the number of companies that have the ability to design advanced SoCs is shrinking rapidly. Industry consolidation/verticalization and rising manufacturing costs are creating an environment where true differentiation is difficult to achieve using generic solutions. In addition, integrating high performance CPUs, GPUs, coherent fabrics and other hardware […]

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ELVEES goes full purple: MIPS, PowerVR and Ensigma united in one vision chip


If you follow this blog closely (and I hope you do), you may have read several articles recently about the great work Imagination is doing to help silicon vendors get to market quickly. One example is the creation of IP platforms that can easily be integrated on chip. In addition, these IP platforms support customizable […]

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Toshiba TZ5000 chip

Toshiba TZ5000 processors combine PowerVR, Ensigma for IoT, wearables and streaming devices


In a recent blog article, I covered a few announcements from MWC related to chips using MIPS CPUs for IoT and M2M applications, a market that is set to continue growing exponentially in the next decade. Executives at Cisco are predicting that the IoT phenomenon will be worth $19 trillion over a ten year period […]

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Imagination joins with industry leaders to drive open security


Every day we hear some new horror story about security, whether it’s consumers impacted by phishing or other intrusions in their own applications and devices, or via enterprise breaches in an increasingly long list of corporations. Security matters While we would hope that consumers and enterprises are paying attention (and doing something about it), some […]

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HSA Foundation

New HSA Foundation specification brings us closer to heterogeneous computing


When the HSA Foundation was officially introduced back in 2012, I remember being on a conference call with our EVP of marketing Tony King-Smith and Patrick Moorhead*, founder and president of Moor Insights & Strategy. Patrick was working on a whitepaper (you can read it here) and was talking to the founding members to get […]

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PowerVR Series5 video: H.265 vs H.264 quality comparison

PowerVR Series5 video encoders scale from wearable to professional markets


Jeff Bier wrote in his monthly column that CES 2015 marked the year when the Internet of Things (or what I’d like to call connected devices) began to see. Whether it’s a sports camera, smartphone or a professional DSLR, most video content of the future will be encoded using formats such as H.265 or VP9, […]

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Miracast running on PowerVR video processors

Miracast streaming using PowerVR video processors


When it comes to multimedia streaming, people tend to think about YouTube, Netflix and many other services that deliver your favorite clips on smartphones, tablets and laptops. But thanks to a series of smarter technologies, users can also stream videos between devices over wireless protocols. One example is Miracast, a peer-to-peer wireless screencasting standard that […]

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Wearable - smart glasses

Chipsets for smart glasses and other high end wearables


Smart glasses are an example of high-end output wearables; whether they’re used in industrial applications or to augment our everyday life, smart glasses are the poster child for computer vision applications and require significantly more horsepower than a traditional smartwatch. Smart glasses can be used for industrial applications or to augment everyday life activities Designing […]

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