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Imagination Technology announces its PowerVR Series6 GPUs, efficient might coming to our gadgets

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Imagination Technology announces its PowerVR Series6 GPUs, efficient might coming to our gadgets
Mobile chips with PowerVR GPUs are consistently beating the competition in graphics performance, a tribute to the engineering prowess of their creator Imagination Technologies. Apple and Intel both have stakes in the company, and the PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU has proven its might in the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S.

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:
Based on our experience in shipping hundreds of millions of GPU cores, plus extensive market and customer feedback, we have been able to set a new standard in GPU architecture, particularly in the areas of power, bandwidth and efficiency – the key metrics by which GPUs are now judged. We are confident that with the Rogue architecture we have a very clear technology advantage and an exceptional roadmap for the PowerVR Series6 family which our partners can depend on.

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

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posted on 10 Jan 2012, 13:52 1

1. baaam (Posts: 61; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

OMIGAD!!! awesomeness!! ZING!!

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 13:53 3

2. baaam (Posts: 61; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

Sammy use this on your SG3!!

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 14:07 1

3. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

I would love to see PowerVR return to desktops. With the exceptional handling of mobile processors they have one, I would see excited to see them go up against Nvidia and ATI in that department.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 14:12 1

4. Daniel.P (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

Imagination seems to be also thinking about it, the press release says:

"PowerVR Series6 sets a new benchmark for high performance, ultra-low power GPU cores, scalable for markets from mobile and tablet to high end gaming and computing."

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 14:35 3

5. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

now I know what gpu to pray for in the quad core exynos sgs3.

holey frikkin crap!!!!

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 15:06 1

6. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Does this mean console quality gameplay?

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 16:41 1

7. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

100 gflops?? yes, most definately console quality possibilities.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 17:48 1

8. thebikerboi2 (Posts: 144; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)

I could see console games like halo and call of duty running on our phones within the next couple of years.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 02:55

9. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


posted on 13 Mar 2012, 15:25

10. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

If one of those fast-moving android tablet makers get this out quick, we could have an iPad killer.

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