Imagination’s PowerVR GPU is first to pass OpenVX 1.1 conformance with Khronos

Developers can harness the power of PowerVR to create innovative vision applications

Hertfordshire, UNITED KINGDOM

LONDON, Dec. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) announces that a PowerVR GPU is the first to achieve Khronos OpenVX™ 1.1 conformance. With OpenVX, developers can run fully optimized vision algorithms on the highly parallel, power-efficient PowerVR GPUs that are at the heart of many of the world’s mobile, automotive and embedded devices.

OpenVX is an open, royalty-free standard for cross platform acceleration of computer vision applications. It enables performance and power-optimized computer vision processing, especially important in embedded and real-time use cases such as face, body and gesture tracking, smart video surveillance, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), object and scene reconstruction, augmented reality, visual inspection, robotics and more.

Chris Longstaff, Imagination’s senior director of product and technology marketing for PowerVR, says: “Imagination supports OpenVX including the Neural Network Extension across our PowerVR GPUs and vision IP offerings. Developers can already achieve remarkable performance when running state of the art convolutional neural network (CNN) algorithms on PowerVR mobile GPUs. We’re excited to enable developers to create innovative vision applications on these devices today, and we look forward to seeing the amazing things they will create on the PowerVR platforms of the future.”

Frank Brill, chairman of the Khronos OpenVX working group, says: “The momentum we are seeing with OpenVX is strong and growing, with conformant OpenVX 1.0 implementations and tools shipping from numerous vendors. We congratulate Imagination on being the first adopter member to achieve OpenVX 1.1 conformance, enabling developers creating applications on Imagination’s popular PowerVR GPUs to take advantage of OpenVX 1.1’s expanded range of processing functions and enhanced flexibility.”

To learn more about using OpenVX 1.1 with PowerVR GPUs, developers can join the popular PowerVR Insider community at

Imagination is uniquely positioned to help its partners build innovative vision systems, with its in-depth knowledge of imaging processors, GPUs, video encoders and embedded CPUs, as well as its expertise in heterogeneous processing and compute APIs such as OpenCL™ and RenderScript and emerging higher level APIs for vision applications such as OpenVX.

About PowerVR GPUs
Imagination’s PowerVR graphics processors (GPUs) are the de facto standard for mobile and embedded graphics and GPU compute. The PowerVR GPU family leads the market in technological capability, roadmap breadth and ecosystem, and is by far the most adopted and shipped technology of its kind. PowerVR graphics IP comprises a comprehensive portfolio of the industry’s leading GPUs, supporting a broad range of applications. See:

Editor’s Note:
* Conformance submission was achieved with the Imagination OpenVX DDK on an Allwinner A80 chip with a PowerVR G6230 GPU.

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 multimedia, processor and connectivity technologies 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. See:

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