Imagination GPU selected for VisionFive 2 single-board computer

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Imagination Technologies has announced that its IMG BXE GPU IP has been integrated into StarFive’s latest RISC-V single-board computer (SBC), the VisionFive 2.

The GPU offers a number of advantages in terms of power, performance, and area (PPA) and is intended for cloud, industrial, networking, consumer and automotive applications.

Commenting Thomas Xu, CEO, StarFive said, “Balancing performance and efficiency is a difficult task when designing single-board computers, especially when RISC-V compatibility is added to the mix. By choosing Imagination’s GPU IP we’ve managed to successfully navigate these challenges. The IMG BXE GPU integrates seamlessly with StarFive RISC-V JH7110 SoC, significantly enhancing the SBC’s graphics performance. Imagination is a strong partner in our journey to build out the RISC-V ecosystem.”

“As RISC-V development accelerates, we are pleased to continue our collaboration with StarFive,” said James Liu, Vice President and General Manager, China, Imagination. “Together we recognise this architecture’s importance, and we share a common goal of driving ecosystem growth. We are pleased to see StarFive leveraging our GPU’s compatibility with RISC-V to unlock a wide range of SBC implementations across major markets, accelerating innovation and supporting open-source development.”

The IMG BXE GPU offers up to a 25% area reduction and 35% bandwidth reduction over Imagination’s previous generation of GPUs, and up to 2.5x higher fill-rate than competing IP cores.

The GPU scales from 1 to 16 pixels per clock (PPC), with optimised cores which can easily deliver complex 1080p and 4K UIs for DTV, IoT and smart home devices. The highest specification BXE offers never-before-seen performance for pixel-focused applications, enabling customers to target 8K displays with optimal silicon area.

The VisionFive 2 is the world’s first RISC-V SBC with an integrated GPU and boasts a StarFive JH7110 SoC, running up to 1.5 GHz and featuring a quad-core RISC-V CPU as well as a high-performance GPU.