STMicroelectronics (ST), Europe's leading chip maker, has extended its longstanding architectural licensing deal with Imagination Technologies to include the next two generations of Imagination's PowerVR graphics processing architecture.
The Kyro and Kyro II graphics accelerators from ST are based on the PowerVR Series3, which uses tile-based graphics rendering technology and hidden surface removal to minimise processing requirements.
The two companies say their partnership now includes the development and manufacture of a range of high-performance PC graphics and video accelerators based on PowerVR Series4 and Series5 technology in development at Imagination.
Tim Chambers, vice-president and general manager of ST's graphics product division, said: "The advantages of PowerVR will only increase as future applications increase in complexity, and PowerVR Series4 and 5 will offer users unrivalled performance without the price premium enforced on other graphics solutions by their outdated designs."
Peter Clarke is European correspondent for US sister newspaper EETimes.