Imagination and Realtek launch image compression DTV SoC

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Imagination Technologies has announced that its IMG B-Series BXE-4-32 GPU, with IMGIC image compression technology, has been integrated into Realtek’s latest System-on-Chip (SoC), RTD2885N.

Currently shipping into significant digital television (DTV) worldwide brands, Imagination’s IMGIC is the latest version of its advanced, lossless, frame buffer compression technology.

IMGIC is able to offer multiple quality levels of real-time image compression without increasing the silicon area. This enables DTV platforms with a BXE-4-32 GPU to configure and optimise image quality and significantly reduce system bandwidth for an ultra-responsive user experience.

Frame buffer compression aims to reduce the bandwidth and power consumption generated by reading and writing render targets to and from system memory in digital TV systems. IMGIC includes a variable lossless compression mode ensuring quality remains perfect, with a typical reduction of 50%.

Commenting Maxwell Lin, Director of Sales, Taiwan, Imagination, said, “Imagination’s relationship with Realtek spans over 12 years of collaboration on a range of innovative SoC solutions. The IMG BXE GPU combined with our IMGIC compression technology is ideal for this type of application as it provides manufacturers with the flexibility to design highly competitive efficiency or performance-focused products. We are keen to develop further market-leading DTV solutions for our partners.”

The BXE-4-32 offers up to 25% area saving compared to the previous generation of Imagination cores, now with up to 2.5x the fill rate density compared to other solutions.

The GPU offers an area-efficient performance of 4PPC (Pixels Per Clock) on top of the added benefits of the B-Series multi-core capable architecture, including advanced features such as cache configurability.