8th January 2013

Imagination pushes the boundary for existing PowerVR Series5XT (SGX) GPUs with new extended API features


International
CES 2013, Las Vegas, USA: Imagination
Technologies, a leading multimedia
technologies company, announces a set of advanced API
extensions for its existing PowerVR Series5XT (SGX) GPUs, giving application
processors using the technology, and mobile and embedded devices based on them,
access to some of the features that would otherwise be only available on future
APIs on next generation GPUs.

Because of the
advanced architecture of PowerVR Series5XT, Imagination is in a rare position,
amongst today’s mobile GPU providers, of being able to offer today some of the
new and advanced features expected from future GPUs on Imagination’s current Series5XT
GPU technology, through API extensions without any hardware changes or additional
cost.

Specifically
OEMs, semiconductor partners and developers using PowerVR Series5XT powered
platforms that have these optional OpenGL ES 2.0 extensions enabled, can have
access to some of the key features of next generation APIs, such as OpenGL ES
3.0, on today’s technology.

The new
extensions can enhance the delivered capabilities of today’s technology and
application processors based on that technology and enable developers to create
apps that can access some of the features of OpenGL ES 3.0, taking them into
the next level of possibilities in visual effects or efficiency. These features
can also enhance the performance and power efficiency of today’s mobile devices
by enabling movement of more workload from the CPU to the GPU.

The API
extensions provide features such as: multiple render targets; occlusion
queries; seamless cube maps; sampler access from vertex shaders; floating point
textures; GLSL full-precision floating point; R and RG textures; min/max
blends; and multisample render buffers.

Says Tony
King-Smith, VP marketing, Imagination: “Looking at the combination of PowerVR Series5XT’s
advanced architecture,  feedback from our
extensive ecosystem of partners and developers, and emergence of new APIs, we
realised now was the time to release the full potential of today’s hardware
with these extensions to PowerVR Series5XT. They are both a valuable differentiator
for our semiconductor licensees and OEM partners and also a viable stepping
stone for developers to next generation GPU technology. Each PowerVR generation
is designed to be capable of a lot more than the baseline of any given
generation of mainstream API. By providing such a rich set of extensions to the
baseline OpenGL ES 2.0 API, PowerVR is enabling developers to create
applications with compelling differences today, while being fully prepared for tomorrow.”

The new
extensions are being delivered to all PowerVR Series5XT licensees as part of
the standard PowerVR graphics DDK (device driver development kit).

About
Imagination Technologies

Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE:IMG) – a
global leader in multimedia and communication technologies – creates and
licenses market-leading multimedia IP cores for graphics, video, and display
processing, multi-threaded embedded processing/DSP cores and multi-standard
communications and connectivity processors. These silicon intellectual property
(IP) solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by platform level IP
and services, a strong array of software tools and drivers and extensive developer
and middleware ecosystems. Target markets include mobile phone, handheld
multimedia, home consumer entertainment, mobile and low-power computing, and
in-car electronics. Its licensees include many of the leading semiconductor and
consumer electronics companies. Imagination has corporate headquarters in the
United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. See: www.imgtec.com.


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