Imagination announces new graphics tech

Imagination Technologies Group has told the world and dog it now has a “high performance graphics core” for use in embedded and mobile devices with support for Microsoft DirectX 9. The design lovingly called PowerVR SGX544 can be used as a 4-pipe single core processor, or with 2 to 16 cores and 8 to 64 pipes, respectively.

The design house claims it is just what makers of tablets, smartphones and so on have been dreaming of, as it is supposed to offer maximum hardware acceleration for DirectX 9 Feature Level 3 while not using too much power at all. It also supports desktop OpenGL 2.1, OpenGL ES 1.1 & 2.0, OpenVG 1.1 and OpenCL 1.1 Embedded Profile.

Imagination claims the core supports more APIs than the competition. Software stacks are a-okay having been put through torturous conformance tests and makers can thus use the design in devices running Linux, Android, MeeGo, WebOS, Maemo, Symbian, Windows Mobile, Bada Nucleus and other mobile operating systems.

Imagination said it held a demonstration at the British Embassy in Korea today, highlighting the PowerVR’s ability to display stereoscopic 3D graphics. The SGX was shown in combination with Imagination’s VXD video decoder and FRC frame rate conversion IP cores. A multiprocessor solution would be able to support a full HD resolution of 1080p.

Apple and Intel currently hold a combined stake of around 25 percent of Imagination Technologies. Apple uses a PowerVR SGX 535 GPU design alongside an ARM Cortex A8 processor core in its A4 application processor, which powers the iPad. Apart from Apple, licensees include companies such as Texas Instruments, Renesas Electronics and Realtek.