Silicon Catalyst welcomes Imagination as an In-Kind Partner

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Silicon Catalyst, the only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating semiconductor solutions, has announced that Imagination Technologies, a supplier of graphics processors (GPU) and neural network accelerator (NNA) IP, has joined the organisation’s In-Kind Partner (IKP) programme.

Imagination has extensive experience in designing and licensing proven IP processor solutions and its compute, graphics and AI intellectual property (IP) delivers security, high-performance and low power consumption.

By joining as an IKP, Imagination Technologies will enable Silicon Catalyst Portfolio Companies to gain access to high-value PowerVR GPU and AI accelerator design Intellectual Property (IP), by waiving the license fee for their System on Chip prototyping needs.

Chris Porthouse, Chief Product Officer, Imagination Technologies said, “By joining the In-Kind Partner programme, we’re aiming to reduce the barrier to entry for start-ups and scale-ups. The cost-effective IMG 8XE GPU and NNA IPs, unlock visualisation and recognition features in a wide range of industrial, consumer and healthcare use cases – including EV charge points, visual recognition, and HMI applications.

“As a leading GPU and AI provider for the programme, Imagination is focused on offering start-ups ease of access to area-effective and high-performing solutions. Our industry-proven IP and software can help accelerate the time to market for innovation-driven scale-ups, while giving them enhanced differentiation points.”

Silicon Catalyst has a created network that lowers the capital expenses associated with the design and fabrication of silicon-based IC’s, sensors, and MEMS devices. With this announcement, the number of Silicon Catalyst IKPs totals 55 companies, offering advanced design tools and services from a comprehensive network of In-Kind Partners (IKPs).

The start-ups in the Silicon Catalyst Incubator are able to access and use IKP tools and services including design tools, simulation software, design services, foundry PDK access and MPW runs, test program development, tester access, along with banking and legal services.

Commenting Pete Rodriguez, CEO, Silicon Catalyst said, “As we build on the success of having admitted in excess of 80 semiconductor start-ups from around the globe, we are continuing to expand our ecosystem for what many are calling the golden age of semiconductors. During our most recent application cycle, we received a record number of applicants to our programme, including SoC start-ups with applications ranging from automotive, gaming, virtual and augmented reality, mobile and IoT devices. Imagination Technologies as our newest In-Kind Partner will enhance our ability to provide flexible and scalable design IP solutions to support the IP needs of the innovative companies in our Incubator.”