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Mediatek releases first Big Little chip that uses PowerVR Series 6 GPU

Touts OpenCL and DirectX 10 support
Mon Jul 29 2013, 13:10
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CHIP DESIGNER Mediatek has revealed that its MT8135 system on chip (SoC) will use the PowerVR G6200 GPU for graphics rendering and GPU computing.

Mediatek, which has won business in Asia with Asus, Acer and Lenovo, is trying to break into the more lucrative mid to high-end market. The firm's MT8135 SoC will use Imagination Technologies' PowerVR G6200 GPU, which supports OpenCL GPU computing.

Mediatek's MT8135 SoC uses ARM's Big Little configuration with four cores, two of which are based on ARM's Cortex A15 architecture and two that are Cortex A7 designs. Mediatek's previous generation SoC relied on four ARM Cortex A7 based cores and an older PowerVR GPU.

Imagination Technologies said the PowerVR Series 6 GPU used in the Mediatek MT8135 SoC uses its tile-based deferred rendering architecture. The firm also touted support for Miracast, giving tablets that use the chip the ability to stream content to supporting televisions.

Mediatek could in theory use the MT8135 SoC to power Windows tablets, especially since the PowerVR Series 6 GPU supports DirectX 10.1. However it is far more likely that the chip's OpenGL ES and OpenGL support will be used along with OpenCL and Renderscript.

Mediatek's MT8135 SoC could finally bring ARM's Big Little configuration to mid-range tablets and represents a big win for ARM in its campaign for its Big Little configuration, which until now has largely been confined to the Nexus 10 tablet and one configuration of the Galaxy S4 smartphone.

Mediatek and Imagination Technologies did not say when devices using the MT8135 will tip up, but given that the firms have spilled the beans, it should be before this year's holiday buying season. µ


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