The Intel Foundation is ready to sell its 4.9% stake in Imagination Technologies, the firm that supplies Apple with the great PowerVR GPUs for the iDevices. These components are key for the gaming abilities of the iPhone and iPad.

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Once the sale goes through, the Intel Foundation and Intel Capital will no longer hold shares in Imagination Technologies, says J.P. Morgan Securities. Intel was a licensee of the British chip maker till now, using its 3D technology. Apple remains an important shareholder for Imagination Technologies, starting off at 3.6% in 2008 and reaching close to 10% recently.

The powerful PowerVR Series 6 chips made by the company have been available on every Apple tablet or phone since the iPhone 3GS. The latest gen Apple A8 chipset on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus features the PowerVR GX6450 six core GPU, that offers a performance boost of 84 times compared to the first iPhone from 2007. And meanwhile the iPad Air 2’s Apple A8X even beats the Snapdragon 810 in graphical benchmarks.

  • DeianStancu

    Too bad. Intel Atom uses some of PowerVR models, because Intel GPU is weak.