Imagination Technologies are behind the PowerVR series of GPU’s available in most Android and Apple devices. Direct competitors are ARM and their Mali series of GPU’s, NVIDIA and their Tegra devices and Qualcomm’s Adreno GPU’s. PowerVR has been the hardware of choice for Apple to integrate in their devices, with a new one available for every new iPad device.
The Apple tablets offer extreme performance when it comes to GPU capabilities. We should think so, especially given the large number of pixels the component has to push, because of Apple’s Retina displays. The PowerVR series has been available on the market for a long time, since integrating GPU’s into mobile devices was considered a thing of the future.
Imagination Technologies announced their newest addition to the PowerVR series of GPU’s. The PowerVR G6630 features a new manufacturing technology, including one core and six clusters and is the fifth member of the Series6 ‘Rogue’ graphics IP family. The rethought manufacturing process makes it capable of offering over 60 times the performance of the current series 5 components, while this is made possible with only one GPU. The six clusters inside the core can be used depending on the complexity of the task, to preserve energy. The new series will also be compatible with the latest Microsoft DirectX 11.1, available only in Windows 8.