LONDON – Vivante Corp., a supplier of graphics processing unit (GPU) IP cores, has announced that 40 companies have licensed Vivante GPU cores, and multiple customers having integrated Vivante's GPUs into semiconductor products due to launch in 2011.
The company, founded in 2004, did not announce the names of any of its licensees but it is known to have worked with Fujitsu on developing SoC silicon and with design houses VeriSilicon and Global Unichip.
Earlier this month Vivante (Sunnyvale, Calif.) announced that licensees' of multicore silicon implementations of its GC series architecture had reached clock frequencies of over 1-GHz in silicon are now sampling. The company also announced that it had received royalty revenue from multiple customers on shipments of licensed SoC products, during 2010.
Demand for GPU IP cores has increased in 2010, Vivante said, It includes smartphones and tablets; gaming consoles and home entertainment; automotive instrumentation, navigation and rear seat entertainment as well as cost-sensitive applications such as printers, cameras and cordless phones; and non-graphical computing applications.
"In 2010, we saw a number of factors combine to drive healthy increases globally in both the quantity and quality of our GPU IP licensing business," said Wei-Jin Dai, president and CEO of Vivante, in a statement. "The rapid consumer acceptance and demand for Google's Android environment across a range of platforms. The industry's standardization on OpenGL ES 2.0 in application content, as well as the web infrastructure provided by WebGL, Adobe AIR/Flash and HTML5 is driving healthy growth in demand for both our highest performance multicore and established single-core GPUs. We are starting to see our existing customer base migrating to the top end of our product line, and in 2010 we have been successful winning new customers based on the common selection criteria of highest performance in the silicon budget and power consumption envelope."
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