11th January 2001

Imagination announces first PowerVR Series6 GPU cores


International CES, Las Vegas, USA: Imagination
Technologies, a leading multimedia and communication technologies company, announces
the first IP cores in its ground-breaking PowerVR Series6 GPU core family.

The PowerVR G6200 and G6400 GPU IP cores are the
first in a growing family of PowerVR Series6 GPU cores.

PowerVR Series6 sets 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. The first PowerVR
Series6 cores, the G6200 and G6400, have two and four compute clusters
respectively. 

Delivering the best
performance in both GFLOPS/mm2 and GFLOPS/mW, PowerVR Series6 GPUs can deliver 20x or more of the performance of current
generation 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 PowerVR Series6 family will deliver 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.

Says Hossein Yassaie, CEO, Imagination: “Based on
our experience in shipping hundreds of millions of GPU cores, plus extensive market
and customer feedback, we have been able to set a new standard in GPU architecture,
particularly in the areas of power, bandwidth and efficiency – the key metrics
by which GPUs are now judged. We are confident that with the Rogue architecture
we have a very clear technology advantage and an exceptional roadmap for the
PowerVR Series6 family which our partners can depend on.”

Imagination believes that next generation devices,
utilizing the extraordinary GPU performance that PowerVR Series6 delivers at optimal
power levels, will change the landscape of software development as application
developers start to realise the enormous parallel processing power available to
them via Series6 GPU cores for both graphics and more generalised GPU Compute-based
high performance computing tasks.

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

PowerVR GPU technology is driven by one of the world’s
largest engineering teams dedicated to graphics processor development, complemented
by the industry’s most mature and extensive ecosystem of dedicated third party
developers, who have already created hundreds of thousands of apps optimised
for PowerVR enabled devices to date.

Imagination’s PowerVR graphics technologies are the
de facto standard for mobile and embedded graphics, with over 90 licenses by
leading semiconductor companies, and have shipped in more than 600m devices to
date. PowerVR Series6 has already secured eight licensees, and been delivered
to multiple lead partners. Among the PowerVR Series6 partners announced so far
are ST-Ericsson, Texas Instruments, Renesas Electronics and MediaTek.

PowerVR Series6 GPU cores are available for
licensing now.

PowerVR Series6 GPUs are fully compatible with
Series5 and Series5XT PowerVR SGX GPUs and complement the existing Series5/5XT
families of PowerVR GPUs, which continue to accelerate in terms of design-wins and
new deployments, including many designs using the multi-processing (MP) core
variants of the Series5XT family.

Editor’s
Note

* Product is based on a provisional Khronos
Specification, which may change before final release. Current specification
status can be found at www.khronos.org

About
Imagination Technologies

Imagination
Technologies (LSE:IMG) is a global leader in multimedia and communications
technologies. It creates and licenses market-leading IP (intellectual property)
cores for graphics & video processing; multi-threaded general & DSP
processors; multi-standard communications and connectivity; and video and voice over IP and VoLTE solutions. Target
markets includemobile phones, handheld multimedia, home electronics,
computing, automotive, and emerging markets such as healthcare, security and
smart power.Imagination’s IP is licensed by many leading semiconductor
and consumer electronics companies and supported by extensive developer and
middleware ecosystems.  Imagination has
corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom and offices worldwide. See: www.imgtec.com.


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