Imagination Announces XS, an Advanced GPU IP for the Automotive Industry

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

July 09, 2020


Imagination Announces XS, an Advanced GPU IP for the Automotive Industry

Delivering safety-critical graphics, ADAS compute acceleration, and ISO 26262 conformance

Imagination Technologies announced the XS GPU product family for automotive, enabling ADAS acceleration and safety-critical graphics workloads. According to the company, the XS represents the most advanced automotive GPU IP created to-date and is the first licensable IP in the industry that is ISO 26262-capable.

The XS design employs a new safety architecture with mechanisms for compute and graphics delivering performance for critical workloads, enabling graphics that are functionally safe.

Key features include:

  • ADAS compute acceleration: The XS family is optimized to accelerate advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS);
  • Safety-critical graphics: XS is a GPU class designed for safety-critical graphics applications, where the GPU is responsible for critical tasks such as digital dashboards, surround view, and camera systems;
  • ISO 26262 conformance: XS is an ISO 26262-capable GPU IP. OEMs, Tier 1s, and semiconductor vendors can integrate the IP knowing that ISO 26262 is achieved.

The new safety architecture contains patent pending technology that enables Imagination to secure and verify the correct execution and delivery of data from the GPU. Going beyond lockstep mechanisms, XS includes hardware mechanisms that carry out safety-critical workloads across compute and graphics while maximizing performance.

Imagination recently announced that following a successful audit of its Functional Safety Management System by HORIBA MIRA, it has received a statement of ISO 26262 process conformance. In addition, it has also announced its OpenGL Safety-Critical 2.0 driver for automotive GPUs, enabling its customers to benefit from GPU acceleration in safety-critical applications.

To learn more about XS you can register for our webinar.

Imagination XS family is available for licensing now.

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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