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Sony Pens Licensing Agreement With Imagination Technologies

Sony has announced that it will license Power VR graphics IP technologies from British-based Imagination Technologies, more specifically the SGX Series5XT graphics series, currently the top of the range iteration from ImgTec.

Sony says that it will deploy the technology in system on chips targetting consumer markets but did not provide any more information as to when the roll out will begin.

Imagination Technologies will receive licence fees and royalty revenues based on the number of semiconductor parts shipped with ImgTec IP.

It is not known whether the agreement will be extended to PowerVR's next generation graphics solution, codenamed Rogue, which will be used in ST-Ericsson's next generation Cortex-A15 based SoCs.

Obviously, it opens the door to speculation about how Sony will use the technology and whether the Japanese tech giant will follow in the tracks of Samsung & Apple and release its own SoCs.

It's worth remembering that the PS Vita, Sony's next generation portable gaming console, comes with a four core PowerVR SGX543MP4+ graphics solution, which is part of the Series 5XT Family.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.