Think Silicon and Ambiq Empower IoT Devices with Smartphone-Quality, Three-Dimensional Graphics
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Think Silicon and Ambiq Empower IoT Devices with Smartphone-Quality, Three-Dimensional Graphics

By CIOReview | Friday, June 4, 2021

Think Silicon S.A. and Ambiq collaborate to leverage high-end graphics’ performance for users of everyday wearable devices.

FREMONT, CA: Think Silicon S.A., the market leader in ultra-low power GPU IP for embedded systems, and Ambiq, a technology leader in ultra-low-power microcontrollers (MCU), System-on-Chips (SoC), and Real-Time Clocks (RTC), announces their collaboration to bring high-end graphics capabilities to designers of everyday wearable devices.

Ambiq's newest Apollo4 SoC family now incorporates Think Silicon's NEMA® pico GPU and NEMA dc display controller IP to deliver high-performance, low-power graphics. The Apollo4 SoC family is Ambiq's fourth-generation processor solution. It is based on the company's proprietary Subthreshold Power-Optimized Technology (SPOT) platform. Apollo4s's integrated hardware and software solution enables the next generation of battery-powered endpoint devices to achieve a higher level of intelligence without sacrificing battery life. The Apollo4 is explicitly designed to act as an application processor and coprocessor for battery-powered endpoint devices such as smartwatches, children's watches, fitness bands, animal trackers, far-field voice remotes, predictive health, and maintenance, smart security devices, and smart home devices.

The NEMA|pico XL/XS Series is an SoC-optimized GPU with integrated display controller IP that meets the most stringent power, performance, and area requirements for mid-to-high-end wearables and embedded IoT display devices. The scalable multi-core GPU IP platform supports bare metal / RTOS execution, requiring minimal on-chip memory and system resources, making it ideal for memory- and power-constrained SoCs. The NEMA|pico XL/XS Series is designed to conserve system power by minimizing memory and display access while maintaining battery life, graphics quality, and performance.

“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,” says 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.”

“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,” says Ulli Mueller, Director of IP Licensing and Marketing at Think Silicon. “Together, our solution provides stunning graphics in a power/performance envelope.”