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Imagination Releases New PowerVR GPUs

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Published on 09 July 2012 11:35 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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While Imagination Technologies has yet to change their stance on allowing open-source Linux graphics drivers or improving the quality of their closed-source Linux driver IP, they released two new GPUs today in the PowerVR line-up.

The two new IP products that Imagination announced today is the "Rogue" GPUs as part of their PowerVR Series6 line-up. The new graphics processors are the PowerVR G6230 and G6430.

According to Imagination, these new GPU cores maximize performance while still sticking to a low power envelope. "With PowerVR G6230 and G6430, we’ve “gone all out”, aiming to set a new benchmark for high performance. They have been optimised for maximum efficiency but still manage to keep power consumption to a minimum even with an incremental increase in area. Consequently, they complement the G6200 and G6400 cores by delivering an unmatched power and performance per area rating without sacrificing anything from the Series6 standard feature set."

Imagination is claiming a 20x increase in performance compared to current GPU cores targeting comparable markets. "The Series6 architecture is able to offer amazing computing horsepower (think in the range of 100s of GFLOPS to even the magnitude of TFLOPS), making it the perfect choice for handling complex user-interfaces and ultra-realistic gaming as well as applications like image processing or augmented and virtual reality. And with that kind of computing prowess, we’re talking about reaching levels of performance that approach the HPC market. But you know how the best things come in small packages. This means we can still give you the best performance per mm2 and per mW in the industry."

Imagination Technologies has shared this latest PowerVR news on their blog. While the hardware is nice, too bad their Linux driver situation isn't any different.

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