Imagination's ‘heterogeneous inside & out’ cores meet many-core needs

October 13, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Imagination Technologies has added the MIPS Warrior I-class I6500 CPU to its IP offfering; a multi-threaded, multi-core, multi-cluster design that promises increased levels of system efficiency and scalable computing for many-core heterogeneous designs.

Target applications include advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles, networking, drones, industrial automation, security, video analytics, machine learning, and others which increasingly rely on heterogeneous computing.


Today’s heterogeneous SoC designs, Imagination says, require a mix of high-performance CPU clusters and GPU or accelerator clusters all processing common datasets. The I6500 provides a highly scalable solution which can coherently implement optimized configurations of CPU cores within a cluster – this is what Imagination tags ‘Heterogeneous Inside' – as well as a variety of configurations of CPU clusters and GPU or accelerator clusters on a chip depending on the requirements of the system (‘Heterogeneous Outside’).

following pages; further core details; and adoption by Mobileye for ADAS vision processing