Imagination Announces "Catapult" RISC-V CPU Family
Imagination's Catapult is a line of RISC-V CPUs designed for heterogeneous compute and are offered in different versions to fit varying performance / efficiency needs. Catapult CPUs are also available in different families for dynamic microcontrollers, real-time embedded CPUs, high performance application CPUs, and automotive CPUs.
The Catapult RISC-V CPU cores can be paired with Imagination's GPU, AI, and neural network accelerator / EPP cores. Imagination's Catapult SDK will support Windows, Ubuntu, CentOS, and macOS as well as having reference software implementations for FreeRTOS and Yocto-based Linux.
Catapult will be available in up to eight RISC-V cores per cluster. Imagination didn't share any performance claims as part of today's announcement.
As for availability the initial low-power designs are available now while the higher-performance family won't be available until into 2020, "The first family, microcontrollers, are already shipping in high-performance automotive GPUs in SoCs from Imagination customers. Real-time embedded CPUs are available now. High-performance application CPUs and Automotive CPUs will follow from 2022."
More details at ImaginationTech.com.