Imagination’s GPU selected by SemiDrive for automotive chip

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Imagination Technologies has announced that Nanjing SemiDrive Technology (SemiDrive) is using the company’s PowerVR Series9XM GPU in its smart cockpit chip X9, which has been taped out and been brought up successfully.

SemiDrive specialises in automotive grade chips and provides intelligent connected vehicles with highly reliable and high-performance automotive SoC products used in smart cockpit and core gateways.

SemiDrive is one of the few fabless semiconductor companies in China to have passed the ISO 26262 functional safety management system certification. It is also the first Chinese company receiving the ISO 26262:2018 functional safety management system certificate from TÜV Rheinland. SemiDrive’s products can meet the national automotive grade and risk control standards.

The chip has been taped out successfully in a new smart cockpit chip and is part of SemiDrive’s vehicle on chip strategy. It meets the demands of automotive electronic cockpits for computing power and multimedia performance. It has hardware virtualization capability for the smart cockpit. Imagination’s PowerVR GPU has significantly improved the display efficiency of the virtual subsystem, being close to the efficiency of hardware transparent invocation.

The PowerVR 9XM GPU used by SemiDrive's smart cockpit chip is part of Imagination's PowerVR Series9 GPU family. This series implements comprehensive optimisation of power, performance, and area (PPA), and its high-performance density makes it suitable for the automotive market.

Commenting Maggie Qiu, CEO, SemiDrive, said,: “Imagination's GPUs have powerful performance. For example, its hardware virtualization can provide good isolation capability among various apps/operating systems. This could maximize the utilization of underlying GPU hardware while improving security. In addition, Imagination has rich experience in automotive industry, and has a deep understanding on the demands and challenges of automotive market with its cooperation with global leading automotive chip companies for many years."

Ray Bingham, CEO, Imagination Technologies, added “’Intelligentization’ is a hotspot in the development of automotive industry, and automotive chips have a self-evident importance in this aspect. We will continue to provide high performance products and comprehensive support services for SemiDrive and more Chinese companies, to help them develop more powerful automotive chips.”

Imagination has also announced that it will also collaborate with SemiDrive on more applications such as AI acceleration and high-performance hybrid computing, and smart cockpit chips.