The iPad and iPhone graphics processor maker buys MIPS' CPU tech, ARM bags its patents
posted by Daniel P. / Nov 06, 2012, 8:13 AM
Imagination makes the PowerVR graphics processors that have rocked quite a bit of benchmarks in the iPad and iPhone, and now for $60 million it has bought CPU technology in the form of 82 patents, complete with 160 engineers from ARM's smaller UK rival, MIPS.
MIPS does RISC processors, just like ARM, that go into set-top boxes and routers, instead of mobile phones and tablets. but can probably be scaled for that task as well.
ARM didn't stand still and bid for MIPS patents, too, fetching access to a number of them for $160 million. If Imagination manages to pair its monster PowerVR GPUs to processor cores with the performance and frugality of ARM-based designs, Apple can only benefit, as it is a minority owner in the British company.
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What Apple can do if it happens, divorcing ARM CPUs (which they called the CPUs "designed" by themself) or divorcing PowerVR GPUs (which made Apple SoCs be the best in graphic benchmark results)? Quite hard huh?
posted on Nov 06, 2012, 8:20 AM 3
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Can't be that hard. Apple's frenemy, Samsung, is still making screens and processors for Apple.
posted on Nov 06, 2012, 9:19 AM 0
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saaay what??? no seriously, I've read it like 4 times and I have no idea what your saying. Apple and Imagine will never separate. Apple has leaned very heavily on PowerVR to be able to keep its CPU needs low. It would have to have an OS paradigm shift at this point to break away from its simple OS (not CPU intensive) and its high quality games (very GPU intensive) routine.
posted on Nov 06, 2012, 10:41 AM 0
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Why the hell do you refer to Imagination Tech as "The iPad and iPhone graphics processor maker". Can't you post an article without referring to iCrap ?
posted on Nov 06, 2012, 11:12 AM 1
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Thanks for pointing that out too. I couldn't believe author couldn't just say MIPS instead. I love PA pictures and stuff, but probably will just scan through writing in the future..
posted on Nov 06, 2012, 12:14 PM 1
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