Imagination announces PowerVR G6630 - up to 60 times the graphics prowess of current iPhones and iPads
The Brits from Imagination Technologies, where both Apple and Intel have a minority stake, are at it again, announcing the latest member of their PowerVR Series6 graphics processors, the G6630.
PowerVR-based designs are what ticks inside iPhones and iPads, so Series6 is very much guaranteed to find its way into next year's edition of Apple's mobile devices. The iPad 4, for example, which is the device with the most powerful mobile graphics ever made by Apple, and crushes the competition out there, runs on a modified quad-core PowerVR SGX554 graphics, part of the Series5 processors.
With chips like the newly announced G6630, we are looking at up to 60x the graphics performance of Series5, but now it is all contained within a single core, instead of the dual-, tri- and quad-core designs that we find in iPhones and iPads.
It is an architecture, which allowed for a lot simpler management circuitry, yet still has six clusters inside the core that can be shut down or ramped up depending on the task at hand.
The G6630 GPU can reach over one TFLOPS graphics processing power (iPad 4 maxes out at around 76.8 GFLOPS throughput), and supports all the latest graphics standard editions, including some models which will support Microsoft's latest DirectX 11.1, that we can only find in Windows 8 now. PowerVR is really stepping it up, and with Apple hellbent on making its own chips from scratch now, the investment in Imagination seems to be paying off big time.