11th January 2001

Scalable PowerVR Series7 GPUs target applications from wearables to servers, reaching teraflop performance


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Highly efficient Series7
architecture scales from 20+ GFLOPS to near 1.5 TFLOPS

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Series7XT GPUs offer up to
512 cores for next-generation servers and 3D gaming consoles

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Series7XE GPUs range from 16
to 32 cores with a high degree of configurability

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Support for hardware
virtualization and multi-domain security across the lineup

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Full Android Extension Pack
(AEP) features including hardware tessellation for maximum performance under
Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’; plus DirectX 11 and OpenCL FP64 feature packs

London,
UK – 10th November, 2014 –
Imagination Technologies
(IMG.L) introduces PowerVR Series7, the latest generation of the PowerVR Rogue GPU
architecture and an entire line-up of GPUs which scale from 16 to 512
arithmetic logic unit (ALU) cores, providing unprecedented scalability,
efficiency and performance.

PowerVR Series7 is
architected for the broadest range of next-generation products from wearables
and IoT through automotive, mobile and consumer electronics devices, up to high-performance
GPU compute. Highly configurable, scalable GPUs address market requirements
across these segments, with new features such as full hardware virtualization
and Android Extension Pack (AEP) support with hardware tessellation, as well as
proven features such as geometry shaders, PVR3C™ triple compression technology for
bandwidth/power savings, and full ASTC (adaptive scalable texture compression)
support. Series7 also includes Imagination’s advanced PowerGearing™ technology
for dynamic core and cluster level power management.

Tony King-Smith, EVP
marketing, Imagination, says: “With graphics-enabled devices entering all
aspects of everyday life, it is no longer possible to offer just point solutions.
Each new generation requires a wavefront of GPUs from low to high end, to
address the broad spectrum of applications. With PowerVR Series7, we have not
only honed our architecture but also our IP support with tools such as our
Design Optimization Kits for rapid physical and performance optimization. These
allow our partners to choose right-sized solutions based on the optimum balance
of power, performance and area for every segment.”

Says Jon Peddie,
president, Jon Peddie Research: “With PowerVR Series7, Imagination is offering
advanced new features such as hardware tessellation that will enable the
company to make aggressive inroads into a broad range of new markets. With
virtualization in the new cores, Imagination is looking beyond providing
powerful graphics and compute performance toward providing even more value in
helping to secure their customers’ SoCs.”

Superior
multi-cluster scalability

The
PowerVR Rogue architecture is scalable via threads, cores and clusters. Rogue
uses clusters of up to 32 multi-threaded ALU cores, working in close cooperation
with dedicated texture units on the same region of the screen. This approach
ensures that all accesses to memory are correlated and efficient, unlike older
multi-core approaches where many cores all work in an uncoordinated way on
different regions of the screen which results in many distributed accesses to
memory and inefficient DRAM usage. With their highly scalable and efficient
architecture, PowerVR Series7 GPUs provide unrivalled performance and
efficiency.

Significant
architectural performance improvements

Series7XT
and Series7XE GPUs achieve up to a 60% architectural performance increase on
the latest industry standard benchmarks compared to equivalent configurations
of previous generation PowerVR Series6XT/6XE GPUs, maintaining and extending
PowerVR’s reputation as the most efficient, highest performance, lowest power
GPU. Application developers can take advantage of the significant parallel
processing power in Series7 for both graphics and GPU compute tasks. Series7
architectural enhancements include:

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Instruction set enhancements
including added co-issue capability, resulting in improved application
performance and increased GPU efficiency

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New hierarchical layout
structure that enables scalable polygon throughput and pixel fillrate
improvements in addition to increased clock frequencies

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GPU compute setup and cache
throughput improvements resulting in up to 300% better parallel processing
performance

Series7XT:
dramatically scalable performance from 100 GFLOPS to 1.5 TFLOPS 

The
PowerVR Series7XT family of GPUs is designed to provide the best possible performance
and user experience for next-generation user interfaces, 3D gaming and GPU
compute. Series7XT targets mid-range to high-end applications including
smartphones and tablets, UltraHD TVs and set-top boxes, gaming consoles and
high-performance server compute. Featuring AEP and 10-bit YUV support as
standard, Series7XT GPUs are based on two to sixteen clusters, each containing 32
multi-threaded multi-tasking ALU cores, with high-end configurations capable of
achieving teraflop level performance. GPUs include the two cluster GT7200, four
cluster GT7400, six cluster GT7600, eight cluster GT7800, and 16 cluster GT7900,
with other configurations available.

Series7XE:
optimized for area, efficiency and feature configurability

Series7XE
GPUs are based on a single scalable cluster of up to 32 multi-threaded
multi-tasking ALU cores, enabling the latest games and apps on power and cost constrained
devices such as entry-level to mid-range mobile devices, TVs, set-top boxes and
wearables, as well as a broadening range of products such as photocopiers,
printers, consumer and other enterprise devices which increasingly require high-quality
UIs at competitive price points. Series7XE are the smallest GPUs that are AEP
compatible, yet like the high-performance Series7XT family can be configured
with options such as 10-bit YUV support for HEVC, making them ideal for
applications like entry level UltraHD TVs. GPUs include the GE7400 with 16
cores and the GE7800 with 32 cores.

Hardware
virtualization and multi-domain security

In
an increasingly connected world, security is a growing concern, with any system
only as secure as its weakest link. This is true at the macro level, device
level and SoC level. Within the SoC, especially as the industry moves to
heterogeneous processing architectures, each processing unit must have built-in
security. Imagination’s forthcoming heterogeneous
security architecture is designed to address the privacy and security needs of
evolving and emerging connected applications. As part of this, PowerVR Series7
joins the MIPS Warrior CPUs in supporting full hardware virtualization, and is optimized
to support multiple independent security contexts and execution domains.

CPU-agnostic hardware
virtualization in the GPU enables customers in segments such as automotive to
build systems where the dashboard and infotainment system can run independently
and reliably on the same platform. For Android phones and tablets, hardware
virtualization can keep a user’s personal banking data separate from other data
such as health information collected by a wearable device.

Feature
scalability for optimized designs

With
Series7, users can select the specific features they need for their design, and
avoid the cost of including features they don’t need:

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Android Extension Pack (AEP): customers targeting Android applications can
leverage the AEP with full hardware tessellation and
native OpenGL® ES 3.1 support* in the new GPUs. The new pack ensures maximum
content compatibility with the Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’ release.

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DirectX 11 Feature Pack: for
customers targeting Microsoft operating systems, this pack for Series7XT GPUs provides
a full DirectX 11.2 feature set,
building on Imagination’s many years of market-proven support for DirectX.

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OpenCL™
FP64 Feature Pack:
for
customers leveraging Series7XT for high-performance server
compute, this pack provides a scalable 64-bit
floating point co-processor per cluster.

Software
and tools support

Imagination
provides developers with free access to the cross-platform PowerVR SDK,
designed to support all aspects of 3D graphics application development; as well
as tools and utilities that ease development of 3D graphics and GPU compute
applications. Developers can join the PowerVR Insider community, download the
SDK for free and interact with the community of 50,000+ members through developer
forums at http://community.imgtec.com/developers/powervr/.

Hypervisors
for any SoC using PowerVR Series7 GPUs will be able to utilize the virtualization
in the GPUs to implement true heterogeneous security.

Availability

PowerVR
Series7XE and Series7XT GPUs are available for licensing now. Imagination is already engaged with multiple PowerVR Series7 licensing
partners including two tier-ones. Physical Design Optimization Kits (DOKs)
for Imagination’s PowerVR Series7XT and Series7XE GPUs will also be available,
offering customers the flexibility to optimize for power, performance and area
(PPA). Imagination DOKs are comprised of optimized reference design flows,
tuned libraries from partners, characterization data and documentation. Contact
info@imgtec.com for
more information.

About
PowerVR GPUs

Imagination’s
PowerVR graphics processors (GPUs) are the de facto standard for mobile and
embedded graphics and GPU compute. The PowerVR GPU family leads the market in
technological capability, roadmap breadth and ecosystem, and is by far the most
adopted and shipped technology of its kind. PowerVR graphics IP comprises a comprehensive
portfolio of the industry’s leading GPUs, supporting a broad range of
applications. See: http://www.imgtec.com/powervr/graphics.asp.

Editor’s Note:

* PowerVR Series7 based GPUs are
designed to pass the Khronos Conformance Testing Process for all identified
graphics, compute and vision APIs. Current conformance status can be found at www.khronos.org/conformance.

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