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SANTA CLARA, CA, Oct. 2, 2006 -- Imagination Technologies, a leader in system-on-chip intellectual property (SoC IP), is demonstrating a market-leading silicon based reference platform for multi-standard mobile TV on the company's stand at ARM Developers' Conference 2006 from October 3rd - 5th.

Imagination Technologies Mobile TV technology is:

  • Already deployed in high-volume handsets in Asia and Europe
  • Multi-standard, enabling devices to provide multiple standard support in the same country and roam between countries with different standards
  • Highly-integrated, delivering full baseband receiver functionality in a pre-verified subsystem
  • Ultra low power consumption - multi-standard capability at no power penalty

Imagination Technologies' Simon Hambly will present "Kurosawa: The Multi-Standard Mobile TV Demodulation IP Platform", at the conference, illustrating the large system cost savings to be made by integration of ARM cores with Imagination's multi-standard TV solution.

With low system power requirements Imagination Technologies' Kurosawa mobile TV demodulation IP platform provides the foundation of a highly-integrated mobile TV solution, reducing cost, design risk and time-to-market. This platform provides the widest range of multi-standard support for Mobile TV, including, "One Seg" ISDB-T, DVB-H, Enhanced Packet Mode DAB-IP and T-DMB. Each of the standards is likely to succeed in different geographical areas. Imagination Technologies' platform is unique in enabling multiple Mobile TV reception standards on a single device without significant increases in silicon overheads.

Imagination Technologies multi-standard mobile TV technology is already proven in silicon - licensee Frontier Silicon showed its Paradiso FS1030 multi-standard digital TV baseband IC, the first chip using Imagination Technologies' multi-standard mobile TV platform, at IBC 2006.

Kurosawa is a licensable demodulation platform for mobile TV with multi-standard support for single-segment ISDB-T, DVB-H, Enhanced Packet Mode DAB and T-DMB. With low system power requirements Kurosawa provides the foundation of a highly-integrated mobile TV solution, reducing cost, design risk and time-to-market. Kurosawa IP platform deliverables will be available to lead licensing partners later this quarter.

Built around Imagination's UCC Mobile (Universal Communications Core) signal processor, which provides PHY layer demodulation, Imagination Technologies' mobile TV platform also integrates fixed hardware functions to ensure optimum die area, power dissipation and performance. This includes the DVB-H Link Layer and a MTX embedded controller for real-time system housekeeping.

Imagination Technologies also supplies a range of mobile video decoders and encoders supporting a wide range of standards including MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC-1/WMV9, H.263 and H.264 video streams, at resolutions programmable up to HD, offloading the most costly stages in video processing from the CPU. This technology family enables mobile video that matches DVD for quality while requiring low-power consumption for long battery life on mobile video players.

For more information on mobile TV platforms and complementary technologies from Imagination Technologies, including the range of PowerVR video cores, visit:

About Imagination Technologies

Imagination Technologies Group plc - a leader in SoC IP - develops, licenses and supplies market-leading graphics, video and display cores, real-time multi-threaded DSP/RISC processors and communication and broadcast technologies for the mobile, consumer, automotive and PC markets. It supplies licensable IP (Intellectual Property) supported by advanced development tools to leading semiconductor and consumer electronics companies worldwide. Imagination Technologies Group plc has its corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange (FTSE:IMG). See:

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