Imagination announces new fabric collaboration with NetSpeed

  • 6th Jan 2016


Imagination announces new fabric collaboration with NetSpeed

International CES, Las Vegas – 6th January, 2016 – Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) and NetSpeed Systems Inc., a supplier of on-chip network technology and tools, are working together to deliver next-generation fabric solutions for the most advanced SoC (system on chip) designs.

The companies are developing both non-coherent and coherent fabric solutions for deployment in Imagination’s IP platforms as well as Imagination customers’ SoC designs.

Fabrics are the on-chip connection technologies that are vital to complex IP platforms and SoCs, where several high-performance processors such as CPU, GPU, communications and memory are integrated together. Non-coherent fabrics are ideal for many embedded and mainstream systems. Coherent fabrics are the latest example of moving advanced interconnect technologies traditionally used in high-end servers and networking devices into mainstream mobile, consumer, and also automotive applications.

Designs for today’s sophisticated electronics can include upwards of 10 IP cores for mainstream products and can exceed 100 cores for high-end multicluster networking or compute solutions. This adds tremendous complexity for chip designers and manufacturers who must painstakingly interconnect the many IPs and integrate them in to their designs while meeting tight product development timelines.

NetSpeed has developed on-chip networking technology that greatly simplifies and automates this task, and enables SoC architects to design, configure and simulate on-chip interconnect solutions that are guaranteed to meet power, performance and area requirements in a fraction of the time normally required. Imagination has adopted NetSpeed’s network-on-chip technology and tools and is enhancing and building on these with its IP platform and SoC focused technologies including OmniShield™ capable security components, advanced I/O Memory Management Unit features and state-of-the-art Quality of Service capabilities.

Says Sundari Mitra, co-founder and CEO of NetSpeed: “There are huge advantages to using a cache coherent on-chip interconnect. It is the ideal way to achieve optimal performance in today’s complex, highly integrated SoC designs. We are very excited and honored that Imagination has chosen to collaborate with us and use our technology to revolutionize the way SoCs are developed.”

Says Sir Hossein Yassaie, CEO, Imagination: “The industry has come to rely on a robust IP ecosystem that accelerates the pace of innovation. With a vast array of IPs available, a critical piece is the means to rapidly and reliably interconnect the growing number of IPs or IP subsystems in a manner that enables maximum reuse from one design to the next. We are working with NetSpeed, a leader in this area, to solve this design challenge in a very innovative way that enables next-generation products to come to market much faster, with less risk, and more profitability.”

Other fabrics
Imagination recognizes that SoC fabric is a key differentiator for many semiconductor designers and vendors. Today, Imagination’s MIPS and PowerVR IP cores are compatible with all major commercial and proprietary bus fabrics. Imagination supports all key fabrics including customers’ proprietary solutions, and is working with multiple fabric providers to ensure the best integration of Imagination IP products.

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About NetSpeed Systems, Inc.
NetSpeed Systems provides scalable, coherent, on-chip network IPs to SoC designers for a wide range of markets from mobile to high-performance computing and networking. NetSpeed's on-chip network platform delivers significant time-to-market advantages through a system-level approach, a high level of user-driven automation and state-of-the-art algorithms. NetSpeed Systems was founded in 2011 and is led by seasoned executives from the semiconductor and networking industries. The company is funded by top-tier investors from Silicon Valley. It is based in San Jose, California and has additional research and development facilities in Asia. For more information, visit

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 to 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. See:

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Imagination Technologies’ Press Contacts:

UK: David Harold                     +44 (0)1923 260 511

USA: Jen Bernier-Santarini            +1 408-530-5178

NetSpeed’s Press Contacts:

Pauline Shulman                           +1 415-375-0303

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