AMD announced that Qualcomm has joined the HSA Foundation as a founding member. HSA stands for Heterogeneous System Architecture, a project to optimize software to take full advantage of the computing power offered by the CPU as well as the GPU.
The HSA Foundation is on a roll, with Qualcomm being the latest big name company to join the industry-standard body as its newest Founder member. This exciting news comes only weeks after Samsung was named a Founder member. In less than six months, the HSA Foundation has more than doubled its membership. A strong group of industry leaders are all committed to developing an innovative computing architecture that is optimized for power efficiency and performance. Major benefits of Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) for developers include ease of programmability and broad portability across computing devices.
The Founder members include AMD, ARM, Imagination Technologies, MediaTek, Qualcomm, Samsung and Texas Instruments. Six additional companies have pledged their support to HSA Foundation and joined as supporter, contributor and associate members, including: Apical, Arteris, MulticoreWare, Sonics, Symbio and Vivante. Together these member companies are part of a growing ecosystem of System-on-Chip (SoC) vendors to independent software vendors (ISVs) to OEMs that support HSA.
The HSA vision for enabling heterogeneous computing across a wide range of devices is compelling. It requires the collaboration of device manufacturers, developers and semiconductor manufacturers working in concert to develop a robust HSA architecture that is open, spurring future innovations for years to come in the PCs, mobile, server, HPC and cloud computing markets.