Tim Mamtora, who just joined Imagination Technologies as CIO, will head up an in-house technology incubator tasked with developing breakthrough innovations and commercializing IP in various areas of advanced technology.
What do you do after spending 14 years in ASIC design? Tim Mamtora provides the answer. He’s just joined Imagination Technologies as chief innovation officer to head up an in-house technology incubator tasked with developing breakthrough innovations and commercializing intellectual property (IP) in various areas of advanced technology.
The new 60-strong IMG Labs is a specialist division whose mission is to understand and accelerate future trends in the semiconductor industry, translating these into new licensable technologies that will enable innovative products for Imagination’s partners. Based primarily at its Kings Langley, UK, headquarters, it will initially focus on artificial intelligence (AI), GPU, heterogeneous compute, and ray tracing.
Asked why he joined Imagination, Mamtora highlighted the desire to make impact. He said, “Imagination has always been a symbol of great British innovation, yet in recent times the UK technology scene has suffered somewhat. The excitement for me is to be at the heart of a UK-headquartered company, delivering market-leading solutions for customers and leading teams of highly-skilled and innovative engineers who are passionate about what they do.”
He said heterogeneous compute is a key element of Imagination’s strategy going forward and a strong focus for IMG Labs. “Increasingly our customers want to accelerate a variety of workloads with flexible arrays of processors, all the while operating within challenging power and bandwidth budgets. With a rich portfolio of processor IP, and highly skilled research teams, Imagination is in a unique position to bring novel solutions to market and deliver clear system differentiation.”
Mamtora is the latest to join Imagination’s senior executive management team over the last 12 months, having spent over 14 years at Broadcom creating and managing technology development and has a decade of experience architecting and designing graphics processors. Mamtora is responsible for IMG Labs and directing innovation efforts across the company. Other senior members of the IMG Labs team include serial inventor Simon Fenney, research fellow, author or co-author of over 50 patents in the field of rendering hardware, texture and image compression, and mathematical operations, alongside industry heavyweights Clifford Gibson, VP GPU architecture; Steve Mackenzie, VP systems and SoC architecture; and Alex Pim, VP of AI research and architecture who leads on applied AI and high- performance computing.
Jon Peddie, president, Jon Peddie Research, said, “Imagination has a pedigree of delivering world-first, best-in-class technologies that have inspired the semiconductor and silicon engineering sectors. These advancements have been at the cornerstone of millions of critically important systems across myriad disciplines with thousands of partners. Those partners have produced revolutionary 3D GPU technology, and multi-award-winning neural network acceleration. The company has also been a leader in advanced automotive GPU IP. IMG Labs will enable Imagination to carry on with its pipeline of innovation while continuing to help their customers to differentiate.”
IMG Labs’ focus areas
A key part of IMG Labs is strategic technology research, a cross-functional horizon-scanning initiative to anticipate trends and identify disruptive innovations for more detailed investigation. Second-level research groups contextualize these trends, establishing how to harness the value of new technologies to meet future customer needs.
Focus areas are:
This article was originally published on EE Times Europe.
Nitin Dahad is a correspondent for EE Times, EE Times Europe and also Editor-in-Chief of embedded.com. With 35 years in the electronics industry, he’s had many different roles: from engineer to journalist, and from entrepreneur to startup mentor and government advisor. He was part of the startup team that launched 32-bit microprocessor company ARC International in the US in the late 1990s and took it public, and co-founder of The Chilli, which influenced much of the tech startup scene in the early 2000s. He’s also worked with many of the big names – including National Semiconductor, GEC Plessey Semiconductors, Dialog Semiconductor and Marconi Instruments.