PowerVR Series7 gets introduced: bolder, faster GPUs that support Lollipop's advanced graphics standard


Imagination Technologies, the supplier behind the GPU units found in Apple's in-house chipsets, just announced the debut of a new graphics-crunching silicon in its portfolio, the PowerVR Series7, which relies on Imagination Technologies' Rogue microarchitecture. The current PowerVR Series7 comrpises of the Series7XT and the Series7XE chipsets.

The Series7XE targets "the next billion mobile and embedded GPUs" and is intended for entry-level mobile devices. The Series7 XE has two marginally different chipsets in store – the PowerVR GE7400, which has ½ shading slucter and 16 ALU cores in tow, and the PowerVR GE7800, with 1 shading cluster and 32 ALU cores on board. It's lauded as being the world's smallest GPU that complies to the AEP (Android Extension Pack) graphics-centric standard that got announced along with Android L back in June 2014. 

The Series7XT, on the other hand, is a much more power-laden edition of the manufacturer's latest GPU solutions, which is targeted at upper mid-range/ lower high-end mobile devices. This top-of-the-line GPU family bears a significant performance improvement and "feature upgrade" over its predecessor, the Series6XT silicon line, while retaining its high configurability.

The Series7XT family of GPUs consists of: 

  • PowerVR GT7200: 2 shading clusters, 64 ALU cores; 
  • PowerVR GT7400: 4 shading clusters, 128 ALU cores;
  • PowerVR GT7600: 6 shading clusters, 192 ALU cores;
  • PowerVR GT7800: 8 shading clusters, 256 ALU cores;
  • PowerVR GT7900: 16 shading clusters, 512 ALU cores
All of these come with "HDR rendering, realistic 4K texturing, and physically-based shading in mobile applications", as Imagination Technologies puts it. These chips might not bear a lot of architectural differences in comparison with the Series6, but they are way more efficient, while amping up the overall performance by a fair margin - up to 60% faster, in fact. They are also AEP-compliant, support tessellation, virtualization, and have optional DirectX 11 and HPC (High Performance Computing) support in tow. 

Imagination Technologies also expressed their hope that the first devices with their Series7 GPU chipsets on board will arrive sometime in 2015.


source: Imagination Technologies (1), (2)

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40 Comments

1. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

That's going into the A9 next year

11. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Maybe. Apple has been working on their own GPU, so it is a toss up whether it will be Apple proprietary or IT PowerVR.

24. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

Apple already has a stake in this company , so i think they will keep using their Gpu's to keep imagination technologies Market value up .

27. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

They helped start the company and still own a stake, but that doesn't mean they don't want to do their own thing. They could have just used stock ARM IP for their CPUs, but they didn't.

34. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

because ARM allow for it although i heard it will be much more expensive than just using ARM stock design. but even for Mali ARM only license stock design to licensee. AFAIK they never allow for custom gpu to be made using their gpu IP. so back to apple does imagination technologies offering their gpu IP to apple? or did they only give already made design to apple? so far there are rumor about apple making their own gpu BECAUSE they make their own custom core cpu. but i never heard about IMG licensing their gpu IP so other company can make their own custom GPU design. i only know nvidia did license their gpu IP to other company so they can make their own custom gpu (intel)

18. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

next-gen ipad! hell yeah!

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Thats insane The PowerVR GT7900 has 1 TFLOPS That's 3x more than the A8X and K1, which each have ~0.3 TFLOPS For comparison the Xbox One has 1.3 TFLOPS And the PS4 has 1.8 TFLOPS Though you can't directly compare TFLOPS from different architecture, and there's several other thing that affect performance, especially thermals for mobiles But its still impressive that in a another year or two we may have tablets and phones with better CPUs/GPUs than the consoles

4. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Everyone knows that consoles are jokes, especially the Xbox One. If you want to play real games, just buy a good gaming PC with infinite more power than those other. A console have a life of about 5 to ... 7 years, it is just insane to bet on those systems.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I know the XBox One/PS4 are very underpowered Especially compared to the 360/PS3 (at their release they were on par with high PCs) But its still really impressive since those GPUs aren't going to be fan cool, unlike the consoles which are fan cooled

13. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

PS4 is very strong with the $400 price. It's able to deliver the same graphic quality as a $800 PC.

23. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

No, a $400 PC, and even then it can't beat it.http://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/ Get enlightened my potato packing peasant pal!

32. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The PS4 is $400 + money for online (~$50 a year) A $400-500 PC would be able to play games at 1080p 60 fps, better than the PS4 A $800 PC would be able to play games at 1440p, over 4x what most Xbox One games renders at

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why are you not telling the truth. The latest A8x is rated at a maximum of 172 gflops. The PS4 is rated at 1840 GFLOPS or 1.84 tflops. So the PS4 is over 10 times faster then the A8 processor. The K1 is rated at 326 GFLOPS.

14. loyd112

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 23, 2014

lol its funny how you say this....i have an advanced gaming pc, ps3/4 and an xbox360 and i prefer the ps4 on the rest (5 to 7 years are more than enough for any device what so ever) the ps4 never fails to deliver amazing performance for a cheap price

15. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

For someone who put gameplay before graphics and doesn't want to spend 2k $ year after year consoles are good choice. I agree they're underpowered but for such price it's excellent. But I would rather buy PS4 for 650$ if it had better specs.

26. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

you don't need to speed 2k each year for pc gaming.

28. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

You'll spend the 2k on games instead, they are so much cheaper on PC.

33. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It doesn't though You can build a PC for the price of a PS4, and it will perform better (though depends on country) Also PC doesn't require paying for online and games are much cheaper, which lowers the cost Also you don't have to upgrade your PC every year Only problem is after 1-2 year you'll have to play games at high/med settings instead of ultra, and then in 3-4 years you'll have to play them in medium and maybe the lower res But the same will happen with consoles There's already plenty of games that are running at lower settings, or lower frame rates or resolutions

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

My pc was built for nearly 1200 5yrs ago, and struggles with todays graphics on the older radeon 4900. The nice thing about consoles is they are optimized, meaning that GTX or R9 card you just got, yes it pushes power, but no game is gonna utilize it. Not true for consoles. 200$ for 7yr life span if not 10yrs, with cloud computing is not a very hard pill to swallow when the graphics card i want is 400

30. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Buy a GTX 750ti $140 .and for what you pay and hardware you more than save in games

31. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

And consoles are $400, with the games being more expensive. with inferior graphics, and inferior controls. That and you can use a computer for a lot more than just gaminghttp://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/ if you prefer consoles for their simplicity, that you don't have to mess with them, that I can respect, but don't pretend a console is a superior gaming machine to a PC, it is not.

37. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You can post that link all you want and it wont do anything. That 750ti wont last 7yrs and you are kidding if you think that. Right now my pc game i love to play doesnt even have a chat client, you have to rely on 3rd party. It is something consoles get right. I have 5 pc's one as a gaming rig, i have built and put together hundreds of pcs over the course of years. That doesnt mean jack. That 750ti, pushes 1.7tflops, it will never reach that in a pc architecture, it will most likely be pushing what the xbox one is, and not as efficient either, imo, obviously side by sides are hard to do. I do not find the mouse and keyboard to be superior in anyway except for twitch games that i despise. So lets build our PC, the CPU i want would be 150, the ram? 150, gpu 150, proper psu 150. Crap i still need other stuff and i am past 400. Again if i am building a pc rig, it wont be with no 150 dollar card. Not when i can get an xbox one with a game, and complete system for 200-349. Not everone has a pc monitor, nearly everyone has a tv.

38. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Teamspeak is your friend, my GTS 450 has lasted me years.. a mouse and keyboard are vastly superior in first person shooters to say otherwise you'd be full of crap. The prices you just threw out for those PC components prove you're full of crap, go to that subreddit I mentioned, they have builds that would blow your mind. and you keep sidestepping the fact that console games cost a helluva lot more than PC games do. Steam, Humble Bundle, there are sales all over the place. used console games are still pricey Use your TV!!, hell I use a Sony TV as my computer monitor, I needed all the HDMI inputs. you guys get the idea that PCs can't use TVs and wireless controllers like your consoles can.

9. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Is it faster than Intel HD Graphics 5300 on Broadwell? And from what source you get that information?

19. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

The GT7900 will be about 4x faster than K1 and A8x....

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I would think not. That is a pipes dream to put 1tflop in a phone.

40. vardhman

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 25, 2015

that 1 teraflop perfromance is in application working on FP16 not at FP64 at which the console gpus perfroms. So at FP64, GT7900 will perfrom at around 665 GFLOPS at 650 Mhz which is infact heavy as compared to tegra X1 which will perfrom at around 435 GFLOPS even at 850Mhz so it is the most powerful right now for moblie devices and Adreno 430 is noway near it as performs at 388 GFLOPS at 600 Mhz

3. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Nice thing if GPU makers are creating their hardware for an Open Source, Linux-based, ultra customizable OS. Now we can start talking seriously about the future of technology.

6. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

and imagination technology is the one of the unfriendly gpu maker towards open source driver out there.

10. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

They're trying to target the "next billion mobile and embedded GPUs" and the only way to do it is to support the open source standard.

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