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[January 14, 2013]

Vivante Enters GENIVI Alliance

Jan 14, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Vivante Corp., a company focusing on graphics and GPU Compute technologies for consumer and embedded devices, announced it has joined the GENIVI Alliance, an automotive and consumer electronics industry association driving the development and adoption of an open in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) reference platform.

According to a release, Vivante has expanded its footprint in the automotive market through partnerships with silicon vendors, automotive manufacturers, tier one suppliers, ISVs, and middleware providers that use the latest graphics and OpenCL features. Membership in the GENIVI Alliance allows Vivante to bring GPU experience to the consortium and push forward solutions in IVI HMI displays.

Vivante said IVI design and features are a selling point and key differentiator for automobiles. An IVI becomes an extension of driver and passenger outside the home, creating a comfort zone that combines consumer entertainment with real-time automobile information. IVI encompasses a range of applications like entertainment (games, music, news, movies, internet, and social media), radio, navigation, location services, telephony, gesture, and more.

Genivi's mission is to influence the development, testing, deployment, and field support of IVI platforms and enable time to market of Genivi products. The platform is built on an open source, Linux-based, reusable solution that is unified across an automotive OEMs entire product line, from luxury to compact segments and across different makes and models. In a connected world where the car becomes a node in the IOT (internet-of-things), a standards body like Genivi that facilitates development from concept to production will help accelerate mass adoption.

As a member of the Genivi Alliance, Rightware provides an HMI solution used by some of the top tier automotive OEMs to create visually user interfaces.

"The automotive industry has very high requirements for render quality in HMIs, they are looking for a solution that rids them of artifacts, fixes anti-aliasing issues, and improves the overall image quality. These features are important not only for safety reasons, but also as it strongly reflects to the overall quality image of the car," said Ville Ilves, COO at Rightware. "Rightware's Kanzi Solution, which supports OpenGL ES 3.0, enables designers to take advantage of Vivante's OpenGL ES 3.0 hardware and continue pushing the envelope in graphical HMI quality. By combining these two technologies, automotive OEMs are able to deliver desktop-quality graphics and performance to the screens in your car." Vivante offers a set of GPU IP solutions for mobile, consumer, automotive, and embedded applications.

New features built into their latest GPU solutions, as described by the Company, include: -World's Smallest Licensable GPU Core designed* for OpenGL ES 3.0: 3.5 mm2 total silicon footprint (including memories) in TSMC 40nm process for area sensitive designs that does not sacrifice on features or performance. Cores can be optionally configured with an integrated Composition Processing Core (CPC) which seamlessly accelerates OS level composition tasks at a fraction of the power with only a 10 percent GPU silicon area increase.

-Single/Dual/Quad/Eight GPU Configurations: ScalarMorphic cores scale from highly silicon optimized single GPU cores to performance optimized multi-GPU nodes, all with best-in-class performance and available hardware support for security and OS virtualization.

-Single Software Stack: Single unified software stack supports all Vivante cores across the full range of graphics and compute APIs, features, and performance levels.

-Battery Saving Innovations: Extreme low power microarchitecture and smart grid technologies for mW per MHz/GHz and dynamic power control -Memory Efficient: Memory bandwidth modulation optimized for contemporary vertex intensive applications and pixel rich displays including support for the latest compression standards in OpenGL ES 3.0 and optionally the recently announced Khronos ASTC Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression extension -Heterogeneous Platform Architecture: GC cores designed for hybrid computing systems like HSA using AMBA Ace-Lite (CPU GPU cache coherency) and the latest Stream Interface The Genivi Alliance is a non-profit industry association.

More information: www.genivi.org www.khronos.org/conformance ((Comments on this story may be sent to newsdesk@closeupmedia.com))

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