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CHIP DESIGNER Imagination Technologies has announced the PowerVR G6230 and PowerVR G6430 GPUs.
Imagination, which has seen its PowerVR GPUs implemented by vendors such as Apple, has found increasing competition from ARM with its Mali GPU, Qualcomm with its Adreno GPU and Nvidia with its Geforce GPU core in its Tegra chip. Now Imagination has announced that it will extend its PowerVR Series 6 range of GPUs with the G6230 and G6430 GPUs.
According to Imagination, the two new GPUs are intended for performance rather than holding back for battery life. The firm claims it has "gone all out" for performance and supports OpenCL, Renderscript and Direct Compute.
Imagination wrote in a blog post what it meant by going all out, claiming, "With a 20x increase in performance compared to current GPU cores targeting comparable markets, the Series6 architecture is able to offer amazing computing horsepower (think in the range of 100s of GFLOPS to even the magnitude of TFLOPS), making it the perfect choice for handling complex user-interfaces and ultra-realistic gaming as well as applications like image processing or augmented and virtual reality."
While Imagination said that it had kept an eye on energy consumption, given its statement that its goal with the G6230 and G6430 GPUs is performance, they are likely to see more favour in tablets rather than smartphones. µ
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