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.
|ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming motherboard is rather groovy||3|
|Miniature Golf Day Shortbread||4|
|GeForce 385.69 drivers are Game Ready for a ton of titles||1|
|Thursday deals: big external drives, a sweet case, and more||3|
|Google acqui-hires 2,000 HTC employees for $1.1 billion||19|
|Some of AMD's next chips will arrive on GloFo's new 12LP process||32|
|The Tech Report System Guide: September 2017 edition||57|
|Intel shows off 10-nm Cannon Lake wafer and talks process tech||26|
|AOC Agon AG322QCX offers 32" of gaming goodness on the cheap||24|
|He's play on a typical English plural construction. In gaming, a multi-faceted object with numbers or characters on each face is a "die," while two or...||+38|