PowerVR Graphics

PowerVR™ Series6 IP Core

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

The innovative PowerVR Rogue architecture, on which Series6 is based, builds on the maturity and unrivalled success of the previous five generations of PowerVR GPUs. It enables Imagination’s partners to deliver amazing user experiences in devices from innovative ‘natural’ user interfaces to ultra-realistic gaming, as well as enabling new applications never before thought of from advanced content creation and image processing to sophisticated augmented reality and environment-aware solutions.

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, DTV and more. Compute clusters are arrays of programmable computing elements that are designed to offer high performance and efficiency while minimising power and bandwidth requirements.

With a growing range of cores optimised for either area (maximising GFLOPS/mm2) or performance (maximising GFLOPS/mW), PowerVR Series6 GPUs can deliver 20x or more of the performance of previous GPU cores targeting comparable markets. This is enabled by an architecture that is around 5x more efficient than previous generations. 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.

The G6200 and G6400 Series6 cores have two and four compute clusters respectively, and are designed to deliver the best performance at the smallest area possible. The later G6230 and G6430 cores ‘go all out’, adding incremental extra area for maximum performance whilst minimising power consumption.

The PowerVR Series6 family delivers a significant portfolio of new technologies and features, including: an advanced scalable compute cluster architecture; high efficiency compression technology including lossless image and parameter compression and the widely respected PVRTC™ texture compression; an enhanced scheduling architecture; dedicated housekeeping processors; and a next 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.

All members of the Series6 family support all features of the latest graphics APIs including OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL 3.x/4.x, OpenCL 1.x (*) and DirectX10 with certain family members extending their capabilities to full WHQL-compliant DirectX11.1 functionality.

*: Current conformance status of products can be found here: http://www.khronos.org/conformance/adopters/conformant-products

  • Most comprehensive graphics IP core family and roadmap in the industry
  • Advanced scalable compute cluster architecture/enhanced scheduling architecture
  • High efficiency compression technology including lossless image and parameter compression and the widely respected PVRTC2™ texture compression
  • Improved shader-driven tile-based deferred rendering (TBDR) architecture
  • Dedicated housekeeping processor based on Imagination’s Meta technology
  • Support for all industry standard mobile and desktop graphics APIs and Operating Systems
  • Fully backwards compatible with PowerVR SGX Series5/5XT
  • Extensive product line supports all area/performance requirements
  • Low risk solution for all embedded graphics applications
  • Shader-based architecture enables near photo realistic image quality and high-density image display resolutions
  • Fully compliant proven implementations of all APIs
  • Lowest power consumption and silicon footprint
  • Low host CPU and memory system bandwidth load
  • Highly latency tolerant architecture consumes the lowest memory bandwidth in the industry
  • Delivers the best graphics performance per mm2 and per mW

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