Imagination: "all out" with PowerVR G6230, G6430 graphics chips

Imagination Technologies has just added the PowerVR G6230 and G6430, two new graphical chips to its cutting edge Series6 “Rogue” platform, both “going all out” with an added extra area that allows the chip to push the performance boundaries and retain relatively low power consumption. PowerVR chips are one of the most popular mobile graphics solutions - and yes, that's the exact silicon you'd find on the iPhone.

The two new chips round up the Series6 lineup so now it has two 2-cluster and two 4-cluster IP cores. 

Right now, there are no specifics about just how much better the new chips will be, but we could assume that with the addition of more clusters, we’ll get smoother graphics and Imagination Technologies has promised that “further cores” will get unveiled. Overall, the PowerVr Series6 graphical processors are designed to perform at more than 100gigaFLOPS and up to a teraFLOPS for the high-end segment.

The new PowerVR chips are made for a wide range of devices, but the focus of course is mostly on mobile with smartphones and tablets being the first in the line to get the chips. 

Imagination adds to PowerVR Series6 'Rogue' family
PowerVR G6230, G6430 extend IP family range of two and four cluster cores
June 14, 2012 -- Imagination Technologies, a leading multimedia technologies company, announces the latest IP cores in its ground-breaking PowerVR Series6 GPU core family.
The PowerVR G6230 and G6430 GPU IP cores are the latest in a growing family of PowerVR Series6 GPU cores and deliver high compute efficiency while minimising power and bandwidth requirements.
Following on from the G6200 and G6400 cores, the PowerVR G6230 and G6430 offer two further design points in the Series6 family, which now includes two 'two-cluster' and two 'four-cluster' IP cores.
PowerVR G6200 and G6400 are designed to deliver the best performance at the smallest area possible for two and four cluster architectures respectively, while the PowerVR G6230 and G6430 'go all out', adding incremental extra area for maximum performance whilst minimising power consumption.
All 'Rogue' architecture cores deliver a power / performance ratio unmatched by competitor solutions, without compromising on feature set.
Says Tony King-Smith, VP marketing, Imagination: "With the four cores announced so far PowerVR Series6 can target a wide range of markets and requirements. PowerVR Series6 has already set a new benchmark for high performance, ultra-low power GPU cores. With G6200, G6230, G6400 and G6430 we deliver power, performance and area that fits the wide range of differentiated designs our licensing partners want to create."
PowerVR Series6 is based on the highly scalable 'Rogue' architecture and further cores will be announced to deliver the widest range of performance for licensing partners seeking to deploy the industry's leading graphics IP solution with the optimal intersection of product differentiation and the shortest time to market.
Inside Rogue
Based on a scalable number of compute clusters, the PowerVR Rogue architecture is designed to target the requirements of a growing range of demanding markets from mobile to the highest performance embedded graphics including smartphones, tablets, PC, console, automotive and TV. Using these arrays of programmable computing elements PowerVR G62xx and G64xx deliver high compute power efficiency while minimising power and bandwidth requirements. The PowerVR G62xx and G64xx, have two and four compute clusters respectively.
PowerVR Series6 GPU cores are designed to offer computing performance exceeding 100GFLOPS (gigaFLOPS) and reaching the TFLOPS (teraFLOPS) range enabling high-level graphics performance from mobile through to high-end compute and graphics solutions. Rogue cores are specified to ensure the fill rates required for the latest smartphones, tablets and TVs, as well as the multiple screen support demanded by the automotive industry.
Rogue meets requirements for compute APIs including OpenCL 1.x and Renderscript Compute, delivering an optimal balance of performance versus power consumption for mobile and embedded devices. All members of the Series6 family are designed to support all features of the latest graphics APIs including the next generation of the OpenGL ES API*, OpenGL 3.x/4.x, and DirectX10 with certain family members extending their capabilities to full WHQL-compliant DirectX11.1 functionality.
The PowerVR Series6 family delivers a significant portfolio of new technologies and features, including: advanced scalable compute cluster architecture; high efficiency compression technology including lossless image and parameter compression and the widely respected PVRTC2™ texture compression; an enhanced scheduling architecture; dedicated housekeeping processor based on Imagination's Meta technology; and a new generation Tile Based Deferred Rendering architecture. These features combine to produce a highly latency tolerant architecture that consumes the lowest memory bandwidth in the industry while delivering the best performance per mm2 and per mW.



1. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

This is very good for Apple. Waiting for ARM Mali T604 vs PowerVR 6 series smackdown in the near future! :D

2. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Yep, it's really looking good for Apple with iOS and about 3 more features that Android already had. Some people won't even get the three new features if they don't have the newest iPhone. Yessiree, sure looking good for Apple here.

10. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

This has nothing to do with iOS 6. JTFC, Stop Trolling!!...

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2528; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You probably won't find that kind of battle in "the near future" unless by near future you mean 2013. I would think that this chipset would perhaps turn up in the next iPad which you most likely won't see til 2013. Also, by that time you would probably see Samsung use the Mali T658 GPU in one of their tablets, or if Mali comes out with a new chipset then they may choose that.

12. AbhiD

Posts: 891; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

ST-Ericsson NovaThor 9600 is equipped with Dual Core 2.5 GHz A15 cores and nxt generation PowerVR ROGUE gpu which has been sampling to diff. manufacturers from a long time and will most likely debut on at least one smartphone this yr itself(and that too most probably on any Sony smartphone bcoz sony has specified that they will be using nxt generation dual core processors from QUALCOMM and ST-Ericsson this yr). So don't take everything to apple or 2013..., you will easily be able to see this battle before this yr's end

15. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2528; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The ST-Ericsson NovaThor 9600 is not suppose to be released until Q1 2013. Just because products have been sampled for a year or two does not mean they are immediately ready for production.

4. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

good to see how fast technology is evolving.nowadays most smarphones have more power than most old PCs

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yo.. hubba hubba... niiice. Now if we could just get more android companies to use powerVR. Screw Adreno.. ugh.

7. thelegend6657 unregistered

Why ? New adrenos actually wasn't that bad

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

place them in order of power... without overclocking PowerVR, Mali 400, Adreno 225, Adreno 220. thats why. I dont want "not that bad". I want "the best". :)

8. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Yeah, maybe some Apple agreement i guess? lol. And i heard that PowerVR is the best mobile GPU designers out there.. Mali series GPU is probably 2nd best GPU out there, just look at SGS 2 (on 2011) and now SGS 3 on how they bested all their competitors on GPU department..

11. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Damn you are a troll, what do this has to do with powerVR. All Motorola use the powervr or the terga

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh yes, please, please, please get into the OMAP5 series 6 PowerVR. O.O

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

TI needs to hurry their booties up and start announcing something. Since I doubt I'll be getting the sgs3 at launch (still trying to figure out a way to afford the import), there is a "Wow" window they could still hit me with and pull me over to an A15 omap5/powerVR combo.

6. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hope samsung make use of their license...and deploy 6series in one of exynos chips.

9. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

They probably will.. Samsung considered SGS III as an "incremental" upgrade to SGS II.. So Galaxy S IV should be packed with a big hardware upgrades and features updates..

14. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Considered incremental? By whom? It's as big a leap from the GS2 as the GS2 was over the GS1...

16. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

if that's an incremental, i wonder what is significant upgrade.. damn..

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Mitchel, companies base their "upgrades" for a 2 year cycle. 50% increase in power is not "incremental" compared to the SGS2. And considering the target audience is the SGS1 owners that are up for upgrade.. its no where near incremental. Its like nearly triple the power. well at least for the exynos quad version. That said, we may see the A15 exynos and the 6xx Mali in the next Note. If not, we will definitely see them (or something better) in the SGS4

20. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

I don't think G-Note 2 will taste the Exynos 5250 / new Mali GPU first, it should be reserved for the next Galaxy S Series.. I'm pretty sure the next G-Note will be very similar to SGS III, probably with higher clocked CPU and improved S-Pen functionality..

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

We'll find out soon enough I think. Though I think the quad core was more of a one shot deal for the SGS3 to hold us over until they had enough A15's to launch products with. They started sampling months ago, so we should see the A15 exynos out relatively soon in tablets, then in phones. The race is on. Exynos A15 or OMAP A15.. which will be better. I really think its going to come down to Mali 6xx or PowerVR as the big difference between them.

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