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Imagination Technology shows new mobile 'Warrior' processor line

10/14, 10:30pm

New chipset offers far greater speed than predecessors

Processor, communications and cloud services company Imagination Technologies has revealed the first MIPS Series5 "Warrior P-class" CPU, representing a step forward in feature set for MIPS CPU IP cores. The new MIPS P5600 core delivers 32-bit performance together with low-power characteristics in a silicon footprint up to 30 percent smaller than comparable mobile CPU cores.

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Rumor: AT&T getting full-size 4G SIMs for Galaxy Nexus

04/06, 5:45pm

ATT Galaxy Nexus may be close based on SIM info

A rumor from an uncommon source has an AT&T version of the Galaxy Nexus close. A tipster leaked stock units to Andro Rev that pointed to full-size, likely LTE-capable SIM cards intended for the phone, implying that the phone itself might support the faster data. Most if not all of AT&T's LTE-capable devices to date, including the just-shipping Lumia 900 and the new iPad, are using micro-SIMs.

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PowerVR raytracing demos at MWC, SGX543MP2 on more gear soon

02/27, 4:10pm

Imagination hints at big deals in near, far future

Imagination Technologies outlined some plans for its far and near futures after Electronista stopped by its Mobile World Congress booth on Monday. The PowerVR developer showed a demo of a real-time raytracing graphics engine, where an app calculates the paths of individual light beams in a scene, that it expects to reach mobile devices. As shown in a demo running on a Mac, it could use surface properties rather than unchanging textures to generate the chrome effect on a car, even reflecting another car which in turn had a reflection of the sky.

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AMD graphics CTO leaves for unknown areas

02/14, 8:50pm

AMD CTO Eric Demers leaves for non-GPU firm

Another AMD executive departure has fueled speculation Tuesday. Graphics division CTO Eric Demers is known to be exiting the chip designer as of February 17. Former Apple executive and current primary CTO Mark Papermaster would temporarily take over during his absence.

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Rumor has iPad 3's A6 chip as faster dual-core, not quad

02/08, 7:10pm

iPad 3 may parallel Galaxy Tab in faster dual core

An incidental rumor floated next to talk of a purported iPad 3 case back has raised the possibility that Apple's expected A6 chip isn't quad-core. Citing unnamed sources, The Verge claimed that it would stay dual-core but have a "significantly more powerful" graphics core. Although not mentioned, it's presumed the clock speed, architecture, or both would be upgraded with the new chip.

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New PowerVR Series6 GPUs measure up to 20 times faster

01/10, 5:35pm

Could be used in future iOS devices

Imagination Technologies has announced a new line of PowerVR GPU chipsets, Series6. The first of these are the G6200 and the G6400; the former uses two computing clusters, while the G6400 has four. In both cases Imagination projects the GPUs being used in many different forms of electronics, including phones, tablets, computers, consoles, and TVs. The chips run as much as 20 times faster than the current generation, Imagination claims.

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Qualcomm licences Imagination's PowerVR display IP

12/15, 6:15pm

Deal is for display IP, not GPU technology

Imagination Technologies has confirmed that it is licensing its display solutions to Qualcomm. The deal will give Qualcomm, best known for its Snapdragon processors used in smartphones, access to Imagination's PowerVR technology used for frame rate conversion and image boosts on display screens. The relationship currently does not extend to Imagination's graphics cores, which are used in iPads, iPhones, and Android or PlayBook devices using TI chips.

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Galaxy Nexus outruns iPhone 4S, suffers volume bug

11/19, 1:05pm

Galaxy Nexus 1st Android to beat iPhone 4S in web

Early benchmarks of the Galaxy Nexus have shown it to be the first Android phone that can outperform an iPhone 4S on the web. The AnandTech tests show that Google's late addition of dual-core processor support gave the phone the edge over Apple both in the SunSpider JavaScript test and Rightware's BrowserMark. The only other Android device to get close, the Droid RAZR, slightly won in one test but lost in another.

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Samsung licenses PowerVR SGX MP for future Galaxy devices

11/10, 3:40pm

Samsung hints PowerVR SGX MP in Galaxy Tab, phones

Imagination Technologies gave a clue as to the future of Samsung's Galaxy phones and Galaxy Tab lines after it revealed that Samsung had licensed its PowerVR SGX MP graphics. The deal would see the multi-core video show up in mobile devices and general home devices. Neither side provided a direct clue as to what would arrive or when.

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Imagination licenses PowerVR 6 tech, hints Apple onboard

06/15, 10:15am

Imagination PowerVR 6 gets six licenses

Imagination Technologies hinted strongly at the roadmap for Apple and other mobile device makers late Tuesday with word that it had handed out the first licenses for PowerVR 6 series graphics. It confirmed that ST-Ericsson's future Nova chips, as well as later TI OMAP processors and unnamed hardware from MediaTek, would use the new technology. Three others were also onboard but were being kept secret, alluding to Apple as one of the clients.

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id Software chats on Android, iPad 2, PSVita, Rage on Mac

06/08, 9:45pm

We chat with id's Rafael Brown at E3 2011

Legendary first-person shooter developer id Software was at the Bethesda booth for E3 2011 as part of its tie in with ZeniMax, and we got a chance to talk to the company's Rafael Brown, who handles much of the company's mobile work. He discussed the company's current hesitation on Android and gave us brief hints about iPad 2 and iPhone 5 plans, the Sony PSVita, and even hints of a Mac port of Rage.

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Samsung Galaxy S II I9101 may use downgraded specs

06/01, 5:10pm

May be targeting entry level smart phone market

GSM Arena has leaked pictures and preliminary specifications of a new variant on Samsung's Galaxy S II smartphone. Indications are that the phone, bearing model number I9101 may actually not be as powerful as Galaxy S IIs already launched by Samsung.

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Motorola Droid 3 tests confirm dual-core TI chip, qHD screen

05/14, 1:50pm

Motorola Droid 3 gets benchmarking

Motorola's Droid 3 got some of its first hard spec confirmations through a test run using NenaMark. The Android slider was shown using PowerVR SGX540 graphics, a sign Motorola had skipped the Tegra 2 for TI's equally dual-core, 1GHz OMAP 4430 processor. It also gave away the 540x960 screen resolution and that the phone would likely ship with Android 2.3.3.

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Intel buys Silicon Hive for media chips in phones, tablets

03/17, 4:10pm

Intel snaps up Silicon Hive for media in mobile

Intel on Thursday bought Silicon Hive in a sign of its deeper push into mobile. The former Philips company is best known for making chipsets for media processing in smartphones, media hubs and other small technology. Company chief Atul Sinha made it clear his company would be folded in to help improve the media performance of Atom system-on-a-chip processors.

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PowerVR 6 graphics promise 100X boost to future iPhones

02/18, 8:00am

Imagination slips out first PowerVR SGX600 details

Imagination Technologies in a low-profile step has given out the very first details of its next-generation PowerVR mobile graphics. The 6 series, nicknamed Rogue, is expected to be an exponential speed boost; it should be at least 20 and as much as 100 times faster than the SGX500 series graphics it would replace, the chip designer said. Simultaneously, it won't use any more than one milliwatt of power, keeping it suitable for smartphones and tablets.

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A first-hand look at the next iPad's PowerVR graphics chip

02/15, 6:15pm

We see the next iPad's PowerVR SGX543 at MWC

Most now expect the next iPad to have Imagination Technologies' dual-core PowerVR SGX543 at the heart of its graphics. Although it's seemingly a small numeric upgrade from the SGX535 in the current model, it promises to be as much as four times faster. We saw the SGX543 person at a live, raw demo at Mobile World Congress and have quick impressions as well as the implications for what the future iPad will do.

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iPad 2 said in production, due for AT&T and Verizon

02/08, 6:15pm

iPad 2 leak says production on, two carriers due

Apple has already started production of the next-generation iPad, a leak asserted Tuesday night. The unnamed sources backed views that production would start in February as well as most of the widely leaked hardware details. The WSJ understood it would have a "faster processor," faster graphics and more RAM along with the expected dual cameras, but a similar 1024x768 resolution for the display.

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Next iPad, iPhone expected to use dual-core graphics

01/16, 7:25pm

Apple to use dual PowerVR SGX543 in iPad, iPhone

Apple's move to faster mobile graphics for the next iPad and iPhone gained elaboration tonight as a leak Sunday may have clarified its choice. The company is now thought to be using the SGX543MP2, the dual-core version. The new video is estimated by AppleInsider to have about four times the theoretical performance of the current SGX535.

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iOS 4.3 points to new PowerVR SGX543 video in iPad, iPhone

01/14, 5:25pm

iOS 4.3 teases next-gen PowerVR graphics

More clues have been unearthed in the iOS 4.3 beta that have given a preview of the graphics Apple will use in 2011 iPad, iPhone and iPod updates. A driver bundle is included that makes reference to the PowerVR SGX543, a video core not used in any shipping Apple product. The MacRumors tip didn't link it to a specific device, but Apple has usually implemented a single graphics technology equally across all its iOS devices.

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Imagination buys Caustic, may bring raytracing to iPhone

12/14, 12:50pm

Imagination buys Caustic, boosts PowerVR video

Imagination Technologies this morning said it had bought Caustic Graphics in what could be a major boost to the graphics on future iPhones and Android devices. The $27 million deal gives Imagination access to real-time raytracing technology and will improve the performance of PowerVR mobile graphics. The move will let phones and other mobile hardware get "cinema quality" lighting effects, Caustic CEO Chip Stearns said.

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Samsung's next Galaxy Tab said using dual-core Orion chip

11/19, 9:35am

Samsung Galaxy TAb sequel may get ARM Cortex-A9

Samsung is readying a second generation of the Galaxy Tab that would use its custom Orion processor, an uncredited claim asserted on Friday. The combination would give it a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip built on a 32 nanometer process combined with a four-core version of ARM's recent Mali 400 graphics. No launch information was given by the Digitimes source.

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PowerVR SGX544 arrives with multi-core, OpenCL support

06/11, 2:15pm

Imagination shows possible next-gen iPhone GPU

Imagination on the heels of the iPhone 4 launch has unveiled what should be the graphics for future smartphones, possibly including Apple's. The SGX544 is intended as the most powerful graphics possible for very low-power devices and is fast enough to handle non-mobile video: it can hardware-accelerate all DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2.1 features on the desktop, such as high dynamic range, in addition to OpenGL ES 2.0 for mobile.

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PowerVR maker lands alliance with MIPS

04/26, 10:40pm

Imagination and MIPS team to fight ARM

Imagination Technologies and MIPS today agreed to an alliance that would see the two promote each other's chips. While the two won't explicitly cooperate on projects, they will encourage partners that decide to use both Imagination's PowerVR graphics and a MIPS processor in the same device. The ability to run Android, Flash and other relatively demanding tasks requires it, MIPS' marketing VP Art Swift said.

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PowerVR maker sees PS3 graphics on phones in 3 years

03/10, 6:20pm

Imagination expects 720p mobile games

Smartphones will have graphics on par with a PlayStation 3 in three years, Imagination Technologies said in an interview on Wednesday. The company estimates for Gizmodo that long-term future mobile PowerVR graphics cores in development today and will not only produce much more 3D detail but will do so at 720p, whether through an HDMI output or on similar-resolution displays that should be readily available at the same time. Multi-core graphics are likely to be a central ingredient of the new technology.

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iPhone SDK 3.2 beta 3 pushes towards universal development

02/23, 5:25pm

Confirms use of PowerVR SGX graphics

Apple has released a third beta of iPhone SDK 3.2, an update of the company's iPhone OS development tools. Few details of the beta have emerged, but Apple notes that it allows "existing iPhone projects to include the necessary files" to support the iPad. Developers should thus be closer to producing working iPad apps, as there is now a Universal Application binary format that wraps iPhone, iPad and iPod touch code into the same bundle.

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Imagination unveils likely next iPhone GPU at CES

01/09, 12:00pm

PowerVR SGX545 handles OpenCL too

Imagination has used its time at CES to unveil a new PowerVR SGX graphics core that is likely to find its way into the next iPhone. The SGX545 is the only mobile phone video chip capable of both OpenGL 3.2 and DirectX 10 level visual effects, including their newer geometry and texturing features. OpenCL support is equally unique: unused processing cycles on the PowerVR chip can be used for general purpose computing and offload work from the main CPU.

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Leaks 'confirm' DS, PSP sequels will outrun iPod

11/16, 10:20am

Nintendo DS 2, PSP 2 nay get fast CPUs

Talk of Nintendo using Tegra 2 gained support today through new sources of information that also point to a faster Sony PSP. Detailed explanations given to DigitalFoundry say the sequel to the DSi should use the future NVIDIA processor and not only see a "colossal" jump in speed versus the DS line but could be as fast as the Wii while supporting more visual effects.

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Apple more than doubles stake in PowerVR maker

06/26, 7:30am

Apple Boosts Imag Stake

Apple today dramatically increased its stake in PowerVR graphics designer Imagination Technologies through a purchase of a total of 13.72 million extra shares. The move, which includes both 2.2 million extra shares as well as 11.52 million shares on the existing market, well over doubles the original 3.6 percent stake bought late last year to 9.5 percent. It's believed the extra investment is a reaction to Intel, which last week increased its own stake a second time to 14 percent.

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Apple hires former ATI graphics chip designer

04/27, 2:05pm

Apple Hires ATI CTO

Apple has quietly signaled a new emphasis on graphics by hiring an influential graphics chipset designer from AMD. The former CTO for the company's ATI graphics product group, Bob Drebin, has indicated on his LinkedIn profile that he is now a Senior Director for an unnamed group within Apple. What products he covers are unknown, though in addition to leading GPU engineering at ATI since 2000, he also spent significant time developing products at Silicon Graphics and, during a 2-year span at ArtX, helped create the "Flipper" GPU that formed the heart of the Nintendo GameCube.

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First PowerVR multi-core GPU for phones official

03/18, 3:25pm

PowerVR SGX543MP

Imagination Technologies fulfilled early promises by detailing its first multi-core, smartphone-class graphics chip in the PowerVR SGX 5XTSeries. The SGX543MP is now known to come in at least a dual-core version and scales up to 16 cores depending on the version; the change lets the graphics scale from low-power devices like small phones up to gaming consoles and other very 3D-intensive devices.

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HP, MySpace, SanDisk join Symbian Foundation

02/12, 9:55am

HP Joins Symbian Found

Nokia today bolstered the Symbian Foundation with the addition of multiple key new members. HP, MySpace and SanDisk lead the new sign-ons and each have their own different reasons for joining the open-source mobile OS project. HP hopes to improve its support for managing Symbian; MySpace hopes to further refine its MySpace app for the phone throuhg the open code; SanDisk hopes to improve the use of storage for multimedia apps. None of the three has given clues as to how soon products will appear that take advantage of Foundation membership.

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Firm intros PowerVR possible for 2010 iPhone

01/09, 9:15am

PowerVR SGX543 and iPhone

Imagination Technologies has quietly introduced a new PowerVR SGX chipset at CES that may point to the future of the iPhone and other graphics-intensive smartphones. The PowerVR SGX543 is the first to use a new platform which its creator estimates is much faster than older SGX and MBX chips. Its new, more vector-friendly graphics engine is about 40 percent faster than the previous SGX series in very effects-heavy graphics, the company claims, and is much faster in floating point math, geometry setup, and culling unneeded parts of the scene than the previous generation.

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Intel ups stake in iPhone GPU maker

12/23, 7:45am

Intel Stake in Imagination

Intel has countered Apple's investment in Imagination Technologies with an increased stake of its own. The semiconductor maker says it has bought just over 6.9 million shares in Britain-based Imagination to gain a 3.04 percent stake in the company and warns in a required statement that it may respond to any bid to acquire the company with a counter offer of its own, though it adds that there is no immediate intention to launch a takeover itself.

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Apple buys into PowerVR chip maker

12/18, 11:10am

Apple buys into IMG

Apple has made a heavy investment into another chip manufacturer, according to an announcement. The company has bought 8.2 million shares in the Imagination Technologies Group, giving it a ownership stake of 3.6 percent. IMG is perhaps best known for producing the PowerVR series of chips, used to accelerate graphics in mobile devices; as a result, Apple may now be in a position to use the chips in future iPods and iPhones, or else some unknown device.

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PowerVR-maker signs deal with Apple?

09/04, 6:25pm

Imagination signs deal

System-on-a-Chip manufacturer Imagination Technologies on Thursday unveiled it has signed a multi-year licensing deal with an anonymous "international electronics systems company" which could confirm earlier rumors regarding Apple. In April, Imagination was found to be exploring a secret licensing deal with Apple, a move that would let Apple have exclusive distribution rights to its PowerVR SGX chipset, and access to the Imagination's video IP cores.

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Apple exclusive on PowerVR SGX chipset?

04/30, 8:30pm

PowerVR SGX-based iPhone

Apple could have exclusive rights to a new 3D chip for its next incarnation from Imagination Technologies the company behind the current device's Samsung-constructed graphics platform. AppleInsider reveals that the processor manufacturer entered into a secret licensing deal with Apple last July to supply the latter with its new graphics chipset, the PowerVR SGX. Samsung is currently licensing the SGX design for manufacture.

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