New PowerVR graphics core adds 1080p support for SoCs


— 3:58 PM on October 7, 2008

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.

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