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UNISOC and Imagination Carry Out Strategic Cooperation on AI Based on IMG Series3NX Neural Network Accelerator

LONDON, UK and Beijing, China; 3rd  December 2019Imagination Technologies announces that UNISOC, a leading fabless semiconductor company, has licenced its latest generation of neural network accelerator (NNA), IMG Series3NX for use in future system-on-chips (SoCs) targeting mid-high range mobile devices, TV and other markets.

UNISOC previously integrated Imagination’s Series2NX AI core into its mobile platform. The combination of Imagination’s NNA technology and UNISOC’s chip and system designs capabilities has already resulted in benchmark leading performance.

Steve Evans, executive vice president PowerVR Product, Imagination Technologies, says; “UNISOC has already shown that they are a leader in neural network acceleration in mobile, and we are excited they are taking our technology into the 5G market space.”

Eric Zhou, SVP, UNISOC, says; “Having already integrated Imagination’s Series2NX AI technology into silicon proves that Imagination has leading AI technology. We’re delighted to deepen our strategic partnership and enable artificial intelligence capabilities for commerce, medical care, home, education and more.”

IMG Series3NX is the fastest, most power-efficient embedded solution for hardware acceleration of neural networks in the market. Building on the success of its multi award-winning predecessor, Series3NX provides an unrivalled level of scalability, enabling SoC manufacturers to optimise compute power and performance across a range of embedded markets such as automotive, mobile, smart surveillance and IoT edge devices. Thanks to architectural enhancements, including lossless weight compression, the Series3NX architecture benefits from a 40% boost in performance in the same silicon area over the previous generation, giving SoC manufacturers a nearly 60% improvement in performance efficiency and a 35% reduction in bandwidth.

About UNISOC

As a core subsidiary of Tsinghua Unigroup, UNISOC is a leading fabless semiconductor company committed to R&D of core chipsets in mobile communications and IoT. Its products cover mobile chipset platforms supporting 2G/3G/4G/5G communication standards and various chipset solutions in the field of IoT, RFFE, wireless connection, security, TV etc. With estimated 4,500 staff, 14 R&D centers and 7 customer support centers around the world, UNISOC is dedicated to becoming one of the top 3 mobile chipsets suppliers in terms of global market share, the largest chipset provider for IoT and connectivity devices and the leading 5G company in China. For more information, please visit http://www.unisoc.com/

About Imagination Technologies

Imagination is a UK-based company that creates silicon and software intellectual property (IP) designed to give its customers an edge in a competitive global technology market. Its graphics, compute, vision & AI, and connectivity technologies enable outstanding power, performance and area (PPA), robust security, fast time-to-market and lower total cost of ownership. Products based on Imagination IP are used by billions of people across the globe in their phones, cars, homes, and workplaces. Imagination Technologies was acquired in 2017 by Canyon Bridge, global private equity investment fund. See www.imgtec.com.

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