Imagination Technologies is a company that’s probably best known for making PowerVR graphics processors, especially since selling off its MIPS processor division a few years ago. But now Imagination has announced plans to return to the CPU market.

This time the company plans to design chips based on RISC-V architecture.

RISC-V is an open instruction set architecture (ISA) that’s been growing in popularity in recent years with companies including SiFive and Allwinner releasing products based on the architecture.

While RISC-V isn’t as mature as x86 or ARM architecture yet (even the highest-performance RISC-V chips are, at best, competitive with mid-range ARM processors), it’s an attractive option due to its open and royalty-free status.

Imagination says its background in building heterogenous solutions could also help its RISC-V chips stand out: the company could provide designs for a system-on-a-chip that combines a RISC-V processor with Imagination graphics and AI processors.

The announcement of imaginations RISC-V plans comes as part of an update on the company’s progress update for the first half of 2021, and says that Imagination plans to return to the CPU market “this year,” suggesting we could see something by the end of the year.

via Tom’s Hardware

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4 replies on “Imagination plans return to the CPU market with RISC-V chips”

    1. lol it only bought mips because it was dirty cheap, but cheap doesnt mean it was viable. MIPS isnt totally dead, but it needs a very well heeled hard headed owner to push some breakthroughs to that moribund architecture. meanwhile it seems RISC-V is attracting adherents…not a bad thing considering ARM is owned by Softbank still.

  1. It is really good to see imagination technologies are coming back to the scene. They were once the best arm gpu maker. Apple used them and absorbed all the talent the company had and discarded and booted them like some leftover.

    1. I cant vouch for this specific case, but certainly there is a pecking order in Silicon Valley.

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