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Samsung's Exynos Octa chip has a PowerVR SGX544 GPU

Tipped to appear in the Samsung Galaxy S4
Thu Mar 14 2013, 14:45
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GPU DESIGNER Imagination Technologies has revealed that its PowerVR SGX544 GPU will be in Samsung's Exynos 5410 Octa eight-core system on chip (SoC) that's expected to power the upcoming Galaxy S4 smartphone.

Imagination's GPU technology branded PowerVR has found its way into many SoCs, with the firm boasting customers such as Intel, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments. Now the firm has said that its PowerVR SGX544 GPU will be in Samsung's Exynos 5410 Octa SoC processor.

Samsung's latest Exynos chip is expected to power its Galaxy S4 smartphone that it will launch later today. Imagination said that the PowerVR SGX544 GPU supports OpenGL ES 2, OpenCL 1.1 and Microsoft's DirectX 9 requrements, adding that the chip can be used in both smartphones and tablets.

Imagination's PowerVR SGX544 GPU has already been picked by Intel for use in its Clover Trail+ Atom chip, with Lenovo's K900 smartphone that was shown at CES being one of the first examples of the GPU incorporated into a working device.

Imagination said, "PowerVR Series5XT has been optimized for graphics and compute efficiency, obtaining better real device performance and compatibility. It is a modern GPU family, whose feature set clearly exceed the obsolete capabilities of other competing cores released in the last four years."

Imagination's main competition for SoC GPUs is ARM with its Mali GPUs. Samsung has in the past used ARM's Mali GPUs in devices such as the Nexus 10 tablet, however healthy competition between the two British companies, along with chip designers AMD and Nvidia not being willing to license their GPU technologies, means that the licensed GPU SoC market is likely to remain a two horse race. µ

 

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