News | June 26, 2014

Imagination Reports Increased Traction For Ensigma 802.11ac Wi-Fi IP Cores As More Companies Bring Connectivity On-Chip

Customers using Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Combo IP across a range of applications

Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) reports growing market traction for its Ensigma Series4 ‘Explorer’ radio processor unit (RPU) cores as more companies integrate 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and other connectivity into their Systems-on-Chips (SoCs) for a range of products.

New customers of Imagination’s Ensigma Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo IP cores include Ineda, Toshiba, Toumaz and multiple fabless companies from Korea and China including Rockchip and others from around the world who will be announced publicly at a later time. Among the target applications are streaming media devices, tablets, wearables, IoT devices and standalone Wi-Fi combo chips. The new Ensigma Wi-Fi licensees join the growing Ensigma RPU customer base, which also includes Qualcomm, STMicroelectronics, S2-Tek, Frontier Silicon, Orca Systems and others.

As Imagination continues to expand its portfolio of end-to-end Ensigma Wi-Fi solutions from RF to software, the company’s program of Wi-Fi Alliance certifications ensures interoperability. Imagination has recently achieved Wi-Fi Alliance certification for Miracast and Passpoint, adding to a growing list of certifications including Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, Wi-Fi Direct, WPA, WPA2, WMM and Wi-Fi Protected Setup.

Says Martin Woodhead, EVP for Ensigma Communications, Imagination: “Moving forward, virtually every device will be connected. To address this, the Ensigma RPU offers the flexibility to design for a range of connectivity and broadcast standards using just one on-chip radio system, so customers can create one design for multiple markets and also have a built-in roadmap for emerging standards. With our end-to-end connectivity solutions including RF, baseband, firmware, software, support and certifications, Imagination is uniquely positioned to help customers address new market opportunities quickly and cost-effectively.”

About Ensigma Series4 RPUs

Ensigma Series4 RPUs provide a unique universal and highly scalable solution for integrating global connectivity and broadcast communications capabilities into SoCs. By combining the latest software programmable radio techniques with an advanced 4th generation multi-processor architecture, a wide range of communications standards are fully supported. The flexible hardware architecture of Ensigma Series4 RPUs means that the engine can be easily scaled to address everything from the smallest most cost-sensitive embedded connected processors to the most advanced connected smart TVs and tablets targeting global markets.

Ensigma RPUs support all key standards for connectivity including 802.11abg, 802.11n with up to 4x4 MIMO, 802.11ac with up to 2x2 MIMO, as well as Bluetooth. They also enable global TV products supporting DVB-T2, DVB-T, ISDB-T, ATSC, GB20600-2006 (CTTB), DVB-S2, DVB-S, ISDB-S, DVB-C, J.83B, ISDB-C; analogue TV; mobile TV including T-DMB, 1-Seg ISDB-T; and broadcast radio standards including DAB/DAB+, HD Radio, 3-seg ISDB-T, ISDB-Tmm and FM.

About Imagination Technologies

Imagination is a global technology leader whose products touch the lives of billions of people across the globe. The company’s broad range of silicon IP (intellectual property) includes the key processing blocks needed to create the SoCs (Systems on Chips) that power all mobile, consumer and embedded electronics. Its unique software IP, infrastructure technologies and system solutions enable its customers get to market quickly with complete and highly differentiated SoC platforms. Imagination’s licensees include many of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers, network operators and OEMs/ODMs who are creating some of the world’s most iconic products. For more information, visit www.imgtec.com. 

SOURCE: Imagination Technologies (IMG.L)

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