According to the new agreement, Apple will be able to use Imagination’s broader intellectual property rights and pay licensing fees.
It is worth mentioning that before A11, the GPUs integrated in Apple’s mobile phone processing chips were all designed with technology and IP from Imagination. In 2017, Apple announced that it would abandon all Imagination’s technologies within two years and switch to self-developed GPUs. This caused the latter to get into trouble for a while-the revenue from Apple’s business previously accounted for more than half of Imagination’s revenue.
Some analysts believe that Apple’s renewal of the licensing agreement with Imagination may be due to the existence of a large number of technical patents in the GPU field that are difficult to avoid in the short term.