While Nvidia boasts on about its Tegra system-on-chip products and their fancy graphics capabilities, Imagination Technologies is working hard to beef up its PowerVR graphics core portfolio. Earlier today, the company announced the new PowerVR SGX531 "intellectual property core," which it aims at system-on-a-chip devices with 128-bit or wider data buses. Imagination Technologies explains:
POWERVR SGX531 takes the already industry-leading capabilities of POWERVR SGX IP cores to another new level with an upgraded 128-bit internal bus architecture and related enhancements to maximise performance when integrated in the latest SoCs. This makes POWERVR SGX531 an ideal solution for next generation SoCs, including those targeting 1080p HD resolution displays and high frame rate applications.
SGX-series graphics cores also support Shader Model 3-class 3D graphics and the OpenGL 2.0 application programming interface. The SGX531 therefore looks like a potential competitor to Tegra, which also has the graphics brawn to do 1080p video and real-time 3D graphics.
Of course, another company will have to license the SGX531 and stick it in an SoC for the core to make it into real products. That company could turn out to be Intel, since the Poulsbo chipset that accompanies the Atom in ultra-mobile PCs already incorporates PowerVR technology. Intel is cooking up a system-on-chip version of Atom code-named Moorestown for 2009-2010, as well.
|AMD reveals the full specs of the Radeon RX 460 and RX 470||61|
|MSI Aegis Ti wraps up SLIed GTX 1080s in an aggressive shell||14|
|Deals of the week: a Dell G-Sync monitor for $470 and more||8|
|Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.3 serves up the bugfixes||3|
|Nvidia will pay GeForce GTX 970 owners $30 over memory snafu||46|
|Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming graphics card reviewed||35|
|Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends tomorrow||102|
|ASRock H110M-STX mobo puts the 5x5 platform in builders' hands||15|
|Asus' slim ROG G20CB desktop gets in on the Pascal party||7|
|Now you can install Crysis directly on the video card!||+64|