Qualcomm is joining a long list of companies doing business with Imagination Technologies, confirming to EE Times that it has licensed the company's PowerVR display intellectual property. Perhaps best known for its GPUs — used in products like the iPad 2, Droid X, and iPhone 4S — Information Technologies is also expected to fuel the graphics performance of many upcoming Windows 8 tablets (Texas Instruments is already a licensee). The Qualcomm deal is not for these same graphics products, however: it is strictly based around the company's display technologies, designed to "ensure the highest visual quality" on a variety of different screens. With Qualcomm struggling to make its own Adreno GPUs competitive in this space, however, it could be the first step towards a much more involved relationship between the two companies. "We really like them as a customer," an Imagination Technologies spokesman said. "We're delighted to have Qualcomm's business and hope it leads to something more."
Qualcomm licensing PowerVR display IP from Imagination Technologies
Qualcomm has licensed Imagination Technologies' PowerVR display IP for use in upcoming products.