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Think Silicon and Ambiq enable IoT devices

Firms collaborate with smartphone-class, 3D-like graphics

May 23, 2021  EP&T Magazine

Think Silicon S.A., a leading provider of ultra-low power GPU IP for embedded systems, and Ambiq, a technology leader recognized in ultra-low power microcontrollers (MCU), System-on-Chips (SoC) and Real-time Clocks (RTC), are working together to bring high-end graphics capabilities to designers of everyday wearable devices.

To provide high-performance, low-power graphics, Ambiq’s newest Apollo4 SoCfamily now incorporates Think Silicon’s NEMA pico GPU and NEMA dc display controller IP. The Apollo4 SoC family is the fourth-generation processor solution built upon Ambiq’s proprietary Subthreshold Power-Optimized Technology(SPOT) platform. The Apollo4’s complete hardware and software solution enables the battery-powered endpoint devices of tomorrow to achieve a higher level of intelligence without sacrificing battery life. The Apollo4 is purpose-built to serve as both an application processor and a coprocessor for battery-powered endpoint devices, including smartwatches, children’s watches, fitness bands, animal trackers, far-field voice remotes, predictive health and maintenance devices, smart security devices, and smart home devices.  

Source: Think Silicon and Ambiq

 NEMA|pico XL/XS Series is a SoC-optimized GPU with display controller IP in a feature-complete design targeting the most rigorous power, performance and area requirements for mid to high-end wearables and embedded IoT display devices. The scalable multi-core GPU IP platform has the ability to run on bare metal / RTOS, which requires only a small amount of on-chip memory and system resources, making it ideal for memory and powerlimited SoCs. The NEMA|pico XL/XS Series is designed to reduce overall system power by minimizing memory and display access without sacrificing battery life, graphics quality and performance.

 Allows our customers to build ultra-low power wearables

“Adding the NEMA GPU and display controller widens the application space for the Apollo family of SoCs. It allows our customers to build ultra-low power wearables with industry-leading graphics performance, delivering feature-rich and uncompromising user interfaces,” said Dan Cermak, the VP of Architecture and Product Planning at Ambiq. “The flexibility of the Think Silicon IP gives our customers a wide range of options for display, allowing them to support multiple end-product tiers with few changes to the underlying design.”  

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“Incorporating the NEMA Pico GPU IP with the Apollo4 SoC family allows us to push the limits of what’s possible in high-performance, low-power graphics,” said Ulli Mueller, Director of IP Licensing and Marketing at Think Silicon. “Together, our solution provides stunning graphics in a power / performance envelope with battery life measured in weeks instead of days, all on the smallest silicon footprint.”

 

 


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