POWERVR goes MP

By Doug Schaefer

I was just reading up on the news that Imagination Technologies has launched a new generation of their architecture
that drives POWERVR. What's POWERVR, you ask? It's a good question, but
chances are, if you have a mobile device that has 3D accelerated
graphics, it's driven by this hugely popular silicon IP.

The big news is that even they're going multi-core to achieve scalable
graphics. They claim they rival the performance of discrete graphics
chipsets, which I assume means the nVidias and ATI's of the world.
That's a pretty interesting combination when you look at the latest
chips that have multi-core ARM processors combined with DSPs (digital
signal processors) for audio/video processing, which can then be
combined with these powerful 3D cores.

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