Texas Instruments has licensed a high performance multi-core graphics processor from UK company Imagination Technologies.

The chip is from Imagination's Power VR SG Series 5XT GPU family and will be used in platform based system on a chip designs for smartphones and for other mobile gizmos.

Imagination - which is part owned by Apple - said that the GPU will be used for mobile devices operating at extremely low power.

Imagination CEOHossein Yassaie, the CEO of Imagination, said that the deal was an extension of its long standing relationship with TI. "Our core technology continues to be vital to the significant and growing success of TI's OMAP processors."  The deal means that Power VR graphics technology will be delivered to device manufacturers, developers and consumers for years to come, he said.

Earlier this month, Imagination licensed the same series to Renesas, which will also use it for system on chip (SoC) designs for mobile devices.