Today Imagination announced at CES its next, Series 6, generation of mobile GPUs, and it is the stunner we all expected it to be. In layman's terms, Series 6 promises to be 5x more efficient in terms of power consumption than the Series 5 that is in the iPad 2, but providing the whopping 20x its performance. We'll let this one sink in for a bit.
Called PowerVR G6200 and G6400, the two new GPU models surpass the 100GFLOPS performance, and even break the 1TFLOP barrier, assumingly in the most powerful configuration. Imagination's engineers are understandably proud with this performance, and say that the G6200 and G6400 deliver best-in-class performance per mm2 and mW. In addition, the chips support all the OpenGL and DirectX standards you can imagine, including DirectX 11.1 in certain configurations. In the words of Hossein Yassaie, the CEO of Imagination:
We'd say bring it on, Imagination, and usher us into the era of highly sophisticated graphics, both for user interfaces, 3D apps, and gaming, all without breaking the battery bank. We are curious who will be the first to incorporate the Series 6 GPUs in their SoCs. Apple is a given, but the chips are ready for sampling right now, so we also hope to hear about Android handsets with the new PowerVRs sometime this year. Samsung used PowerVR SGX540 in the original Galaxy S line, then went with ARM Mali-400 for the SII, but it recently licensed back PowerVR's tech, so hopefully Series 6 will be in the cards for the next generations of its Exynos chip.
source: Imagination via TheVerge