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Apple returns to Imagination, as mobile graphics become more demanding

Apple’s whims can make or break a supplier, as Imagination Technologies, Dialogic and even Intel’s modem unit know to their cost. However, the iPhone maker’s bid to develop as many components as possible inhouse is not without its own risks, and it looks as though it cannot entirely do without Imagination after all. The UK provider of graphics processor (GPU) IP was forced to sell off several units and refocus its activities in 2017, after Apple said it would no longer need to license Imagination’s technology but would develop its own GPUs for the iPhone and other devices. But now, the companies have signed a new multiyear agreement for Apple to access a “wider range of Imagination’s intellectual property”. There…

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