Imagination Unleashes High-Performance 6-Cluster GPU for Smartphones, Tablets and Low-Power Gadgets

Imagination Unveils Six-Cluster PowerVR6 Graphics Core

by Anton Shilov
11/19/2012 | 12:01 AM

Imagination Technologies, a leading multimedia technologies licensing company, has announced the latest six-cluster PowerVR "Rogue" GPU IP core in its ground-breaking PowerVR series 6 family.


The PowerVR G6630 features six shader execution clusters, offering a new high end design point in the PowerVR series-6 family, which also includes a number of two-cluster and four-cluster IP cores.

PowerVR G6630 is designed to deliver the best possible performance for the widest range of application use cases, within realistic sustainable mobile power and thermal budgets. G6630 delivers advanced power scaling technologies including enabling USC cluster pairs to be shut down depending on the App load, allowing x2, x4 and x6 modes of operation to provide multiple power/performance operating points with the same on-chip GPU.

PowerVR 6 may deliver from 100GFLOPS to more than 1 TFLOP of raw-performance compute power, enabling high-level graphics and GPU compute performance from mobile through to high-end compute and graphics solutions.

"With PowerVR Series6 GPUs we’ve taken our patented tile-based deferred rendering technology and created a design that reaches from a 100 GFLOPS up to more than one TFLOPS of computing performance with significantly greater efficiency relative to our previous cores. This essentially means our partners will deliver platforms with compute capabilities comparable to current generation mains-powered games console but battery powered," a statement by PowerVR reads.

PowerVR 6 GPUs deliver full support for all popular and emerging GPU compute APIs including OpenCL 1.x and renderscript compute, delivering an optimal balance of performance versus power consumption for mobile and embedded devices. All members of the Series6 family are designed to support all features of the latest graphics APIs including OpenGL ES 3/2/1.1, OpenGL 3.x/4.x, and full WHQL-compliant DirectX10, with certain family members extending their capabilities to DirectX11.1 functionality.

"PowerVR series 6 has already set a new benchmark for exceptional performance, ultra-low power GPU cores. With G6630 we continue to demonstrate the inherent scalability of our Series6 architecture, enabling us to satisfy every partner’s power, area, thermal requirements while delivering the best possible user experience across the broadest range of applications, whether graphics or GPU compute intensive,"said Tony King-Smith, vice president of marketing at Imagination.

ImgTec's PowerVR Series 6 architecture is designed to deliver class-leading GPU compute power efficiency while minimising power and bandwidth demands. The family can be used for latest high resolution smartphones, tablets and TVs, as well as the multiple screen support demanded by the automotive industry