Imagination 'Rogue' GPUs to demo at CES
1/4/2013 7:26 AM EST
LONDON – Partners of graphics IP licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc will be demonstrating the first products using the firm's PowerVR Series 6 GPU cores at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company said. Equipment on show that uses Series 6 GPUs – codenamed Rogue – to render its graphics will include televisions, Imagination added.
Imagination's PowerVR Series 6 GPU architecture was announced in early in 2011 with a design win in the Nova A9600 application processor IC for mobile phones in development at ST-Ericsson and aimed at 28-nm CMOS manufacturing process technology. Series 6 was expected to bring about a 20-fold increase in performance over previous generation GPUs.
Imagination said it will also demonstrate the OpenGL ES3.0 and OpenCL capabilities of Series 6 GPUs, its Meta Series 3 multi-threaded processor (CPU/DSP), its Ensigma Series 4 radio processor (RPU) and PowerVR ray tracing graphics.
Will Apple Consider ARM's New Mali GPU in 2013?
To date, Apple has been using Imagination Technologies GPU for iDevices, but that could all change in 2013 if ARM's new Mali GPU delivers on its promises of delivering greater power and a revolutionary new data compression technology called ASTC (Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression). Steve Steele, product manager of ARM's media processing division stated that "From the consumer's point of view it's going to mean better battery life and higher image quality." He went on to state that you'll "be able to download games faster, and it's also been designed to be more efficient at uncompressing data once it's on your device." Yet as tempting as it may be for Apple to make the switch, one has to remember that Apple is still a shareholder in Imagination Technologies that currently develops the PowerVR GPU that's powering today's iPad. Logic says that Apple will pass on this next generation GPU from ARM, but technology in the fast lane could sometimes throw in a surprise of two along the way – and so it's not a sure thing until it is. Only time will tell.
Mobile chips have numerous advantages: they're far cheaper to produce, they produce far less heat, and the whole low power PC platform is still about 2-3x the average power usage of a ARM-based platform.