Chinese Academy of Sciences Selects Vivante as GPU Partner for Netbooks

Sunnyvale, CA, June 29, 2009–(PRNewswire)–Vivante Corporation today announced a collaborative relationship with the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICT).  This long-term, development partnership will enable ICT and Vivante to integrate their respective CPU and GPU designs into a cost-efficient, low-power SoC and advance the state-of-the-art in netbook technology for the next generation.

ICT, which specializes in comprehensive research into computer science and technology in China, successfully produced China’s first general-purpose digital computer and is an R&D base for high-performance, low-power computer technology in China.  ICT research focuses on strategic, advanced, and fundamental contributions toward industry innovation, national needs, and market demands.

“As we look toward making netbooks both more capable and more accessible, we find Vivante GPUs to be the perfect solution for small size and low power while providing robust, fully featured graphics and fast performance,” said Dr. Weiwu Hu, chief architect of the ICT’s CPU division.
  Adds Wei-Jin Dai, President and CEO of Vivante, “Our ability to deliver the highest performing GPU per square millimeter and per milliwatt across the spectrum of mobile computing, handheld, and home entertainment device requirements is once again validated by ICT selecting a Vivante GPU design.  The Vivante ScalarMorphic™ GPU architecture flexes and scales to address a wide range of price/performance requirements and silicon budgets.  We look forward to ongoing collaboration with ICT, as we apply leading edge Vivante technology to power next generation wired and wireless embedded applications in new and interesting ways.”

About Vivante Corporation
  Vivante Corporation is an embedded graphics technology leader, licensing its Mobile Visual Reality to semiconductor solution providers that serve embedded computing markets for mobile gaming, high-definition home entertainment, image processing, and automotive display and entertainment.  The Vivante ScalarMorphicTM architecture brings a PC-quality visual experience to embedded systems.  Vivante GPUs produce the highest performance per square millimeter in less silicon area, compared to other licensable GPU cores.  Vivante delivers silicon-proven, low-power, high-performance graphics conformant with the OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1 and OpenVG API standards.  Vivante GPU IP also fully supports the Android platform.  The Vivante development environment is used by a worldwide network of application developers and ecosystem partners.  Vivante is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with an R&D center in Shanghai, China.

 

Intel and Nokia announce strategic relationship to shape next era of Mobile Computing innovation

Santa Clara CA, U.S. and Espoo, Finland - Further uniting the Internet with mobile phones and computers, Intel Corporation and Nokia today announced a long-term relationship to develop a new class of Intel® Architecture-based mobile computing device and chipset architectures which will combine the performance of powerful computers with high-bandwidth mobile broadband communications and ubiquitous Internet connectivity.

To realize this shared vision, both companies are expanding their longstanding relationship to define a new mobile platform beyond today’s smartphones, notebooks and netbooks, enabling the development of a variety of innovative hardware, software and mobile Internet services.

Taking advantage of each company’s expertise as leaders in their respective fields, these future standards-based devices will marry the best features and capabilities of the computing and communications worlds and will transform the user experience, bringing incredible mobile applications and always on, always connected wireless Internet access in a user-friendly pocketable form factor.

The Intel and Nokia effort includes collaboration in several open source mobile Linux software projects. Intel will also acquire a Nokia HSPA/3G modem IP license for use in future products.

The companies expect many innovations to result from this collaboration over time.

"This Intel and Nokia collaboration unites and focuses many of the brightest computing and communications minds in the world, and will ultimately deliver open and standards-based technologies, which history shows drive rapid innovation, adoption and consumer choice," said Anand Chandrasekher, Intel Corporation senior vice president and general manager, Ultra Mobility Group. "With the convergence of the Internet and mobility as the team’s only barrier, I can only imagine the innovation that will come out of our unique relationship with Nokia. The possibilities are endless."

"Today’s announcement represents a significant commitment to work together on the future of mobile computing, and we plan to turn our joint research into action," said Kai Öistämö, Executive Vice President, Devices, Nokia.  "We will explore new ideas in designs, materials and displays that will go far beyond devices and services on the market today.  This collaboration will be compelling not only for our companies, but also for our industries, our partners and, of course, for consumers."

Open Source Software Collaboration

The effort also includes technology development and cooperation in several open source software initiatives in order to develop common technologies for use in the Moblin and Maemo platform projects, which will deliver Linux-based operating systems for these future mobile computing devices.

The companies are coordinating their Open Source technology selection and development investments, including alignment on a range of key Open Source technologies for Mobile Computing such as: oFono*, ConnMan*, Mozilla*, X.Org*, BlueZ*, D-BUS*, Tracker*, GStreamer*, PulseAudio*. Collectively, these technologies will provide an open source standards-based means to deliver a wealth of mobile Internet and communication experiences, with rich graphics and multimedia capabilities.

Hosted by the Linux Foundation, Moblin is an optimized open source Linux operating system project that delivers visually rich Internet media experiences on Intel® Atom(TM) processor-based devices including MIDs, netbooks, nettops, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), and embedded systems. For more information see www.moblin.org.

Maemo is a Linux operating system, mostly based on open source code and powers mobile computers such as the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet. The Maemo platform has been developed by Nokia in collaboration with many open source projects. For more information see www.maemo.org.

Enabling common technologies across the Moblin and Maemo software environments will help foster the development of compatible applications for these devices - building on the huge number of off-the-shelf PC compatible applications.  The open source projects will be governed using the best practices of the open source development model.

Intel to License Nokia’s HSPA/3G Modem Technologies

Building on today’s announcement, Intel and Nokia have signed an agreement that will enable Intel to license Nokia’s HSPA/3G modem technologies with the aim of developing advanced mobile computing solutions that deliver a powerful and flexible computing experience - combining the best-in-class 3GPP modem technology with the high performance and low power consumption of future Intel Architecture-based platforms.

Intel supports multiple mobile broadband standards on its platforms to address the needs of service providers worldwide, and to provide people with an always-connected experience.

The Nokia modem license complements Intel’s broadband wireless technologies and will enable the company to extend chipset solutions incorporating Nokia’s modem technologies across its mobility offerings in the future.

Nokia is continuing to develop its leading modem technology, which includes protocol software and related digital design for the full suite of 3GPP standards through WCDMA/GSM and its evolution, and then licenses the technology to chipset manufacturers to develop and produce chipsets for device manufacturers.

Nokia’s licensable modem technology is the trusted connectivity choice, providing credible and reliable options for the industry based on Nokia wireless modems’ embedded history and experience. The Intel license of Nokia’s modem technologies is another step in executing Nokia’s chipset strategy to create multiple, competitive chipset choices to the industry.

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About Intel Intel [NASDAQ: INTC], the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom and http://blogs.intel.com. About Nokia Nokia is a pioneer in mobile telecommunications and the world's leading maker of mobile devices. Today, we are connecting people in new and different ways - fusing advanced mobile technology with personalized services to enable people to stay close to what matters to them. We also provide comprehensive digital map information through NAVTEQ; and equipment, solutions and services for communications networks through Nokia Siemens Networks. Intel, the Intel logo and Intel Atom are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others. Note to editors: Media materials can be found at www.intel.com/pressroom and www.nokia.com/press. Audio webcast available at www.intc.com on June 23 at 11:30 a.m. EDT (8:30 a.m. PDT, 4:30 p.m. UK, 6:30 p.m. Finland).

ALT Software selected to deliver DO- 178B certifiable OpenGL Drivers for ATI RadeonTM E4690 GPU

— With support from AMD, ALT Software will enable the Aerospace, Avionics and Military Industries with both Safety Critical and COTS OpenGL Drivers.—

Toronto, Canada – June 22nd, 2009 - ALT Software, the leading provider of advanced graphics software for safety-critical embedded systems, today announced its commitment to deliver DO-178B certifiable OpenGL drivers for the ATI Radeon™ E4690, AMD’s (NYSE: AMD) newest high performance embedded graphics accelerator. As part of its commitment to AMD’s Embedded GPU roadmap, ALT Software will be delivering both OpenGL SC (Safety Critical) and OpenGL ES 2.0 support for the ATI Radeon E4690. Leveraging its success and experience with ATI Mobility Radeon™ X1400 and ATI Mobility Radeon™ 9000 and in collaboration with AMD, ALT Software will be enabled to unlock the power of the ATI Radeon E4690 for today’s embedded system integrators and OEMs to deploy highly complex graphical user interfaces in next generation avionics applications.

The ATI Radeon E4690 from AMD is a fully programmable GPU with a unified shader architecture designed for the embedded market.  It will feature more than three times the performance of the ATI Radeon™ E2400 embedded graphics accelerator, a 128-bit memory interface, 512MB of on-chip memory, and a PCI-E 2.0 x16 interface.  

“We are pleased that ALT Software has chosen to provide the 2D/3D DO-178B certifiable graphics drivers,” said Janet Matsuda, Senior Director of Professional Graphics, AMD. “With the launch of the ATI Radeon E4690 GPU, AMD demonstrates our continued commitment to this market, not only with high performance GPUs, but with support for our software partners like ALT.”

A new initiative involving ALT Software, Channel One and Wolf Industrial Systems is also announced today. These three companies have joined together to form the Advanced Graphics Solutions (AGS) Group whose mission is to provide a total end-to-end solution for ATI Radeon E4690 graphics accelerators.  Each member of the AGS Group plays a vital role in ensuring the success and adoption of this GPU as follows;

  • ALT Software Inc., for delivering 2D/3D OpenGL Drivers for RTOS and DO-178B.
  • Channel One Limited, providing long term availability of electronic components.
  • Wolf Industrial Systems Inc., for rapid design, development and manufacturing of reference hardware.

 “ALT Software is excited to be a founding member of the AGS Group, and we are fully committed with the other members to support AMD’s embedded GPU Roadmap,”,” said Darryl Parisien, President of ALT Software.”With AMD’s support, ALT Software and the AGS Group will unlock the full power of ATI Radeon E4690.”

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About ALT Software
ALT Software is an embedded systems solutions provider whose offerings include device drivers and graphics system development kits. Our products include safety-critical DO-178B OpenGL graphics drivers that support 2D / 3D graphics acceleration in embedded devices. ALT's OpenGL graphics drivers are deployed in automotive, aerospace & defense, avionics, consumer, industrial, and medical devices worldwide. For more information about ALT Software and the ALT Software family of OpenGL solutions and services, please see www.altsoftware.com

About Channel One Limited
Channel One Limited was founded to provide long term storage and financing in support of valuable electronic components. In conjunction with component vendors such as AMD, Channel One provides material solutions that ensure product availability for the lifetime of their customers’ programs.  Channel One Limited allows customers to dictate component life cycles for their mission critical programs, spelling the end of electronic component obsolescence, for more information please see www.ch1group.com
ABOUT WOLF

Wolf is a rapid design, development, and manufacturing company specializing in Video Graphics and embedded computer technology for Aerospace, Navy, and Military customers. Wolf seeks customers wanting unique features and customization specific to their project requirements. Wolf meets all IPC-A-610D Class III Manufacturing and MIL-STD-810F Environmental Standards. Please see www.wolf.ca

Performance is based on the comparison of ATI Radeon E4600 to ATI Radeon E2400 using 3Dmark06 tests run in the similar system configuration: MSI K9A2 Platinum (790FX, SB600), AMD Athlon X2 7850 (2.8 GHz), 2 GB DDR2 800MHz 5-5-5-12, Video Driver: 8.612 RC1 (Catalyst 9.5), Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit SP1 Note graphics components of 3DMark06 are insensitive to system configuration when there is sufficient frame-buffer size.

Vivante Corporation Signs 15th GPU Licensee

Sunnyvale, CA, June 8, 2009—(PR Newswire)—Vivante Corporation today announced the company has expanded to 15 the number of licensees for its graphics processing unit (GPU) cores.  Vivante licensees, which include both established and emerging fabless semiconductor leaders, have taped out more than 20 SoC designs incorporating Vivante GPUs.

Vivante Corporation’s 2D and 3D GPU IP cores are designed specifically for embedded applications, from smart phones to Internet-enabled high-definition home entertainment displays.  Vivante is a privately held company backed by U.S. and Asian investment funds and includes Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702.T) as a corporate investor via its corporate venture capital fund.

Vivante’s graphics technology is differentiated by its robust conformance to Khronos Group standards OpenVG and OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1 and by its remarkably small silicon footprint which enables Vivante licensees to maximize graphics performance delivered per square millimeter of silicon area and per milliwatt of system power consumption.  High-performance, silicon-efficient GPU technology with low system power consumption is a key differentiator for fabless semiconductor companies addressing the growing consumer appetite for 3D graphical user interfaces, acceleration of Internet standards like Flash, as well as gaming on handheld and home entertainment platforms.

“Licensing Vivante GPU’s to 15 SoC companies to power their next generation products validates the strategic importance of the unique, low power graphics technology Vivante delivers to the consumer electronics market,” said Wei-Jin Dai, President and CEO of Vivante Corporation.

About Vivante Corporation

Vivante Corporation is an embedded graphics technology leader, licensing its Mobile Visual Reality and HD Visual Reality IP to semiconductor solution providers that serve the embedded mobile gaming, high-definition home entertainment, image processing, and automotive display and entertainment markets.  The Vivante ScalarMorphicTM architecture brings a PC-quality visual experience to embedded systems.  Vivante GPUs produce the highest performance per square millimeter in half the final silicon area compared to other licensable GPU cores.  Vivante delivers silicon-proven, low-power, high-performance graphics conformant with the OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1 and OpenVG API standards.  Vivante GPU IP also fully supports the Android platform.  The Vivante development environment is used by a worldwide network of application developers and ecosystem partners.  Vivante is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with an R&D center in Shanghai, China.

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