Combines two Imagination GPUs
The A8X chip in the iPad Air 2 uses a semi-custom graphics component, a new report illustrates. Apple has typically used off-the-shelf GPUs from PowerVR creators Imagination Technologies in the past. In the case of the A8X, though, Apple has combined a pair of Imagination's quad-core GX6450s.
Part is likely to be the PowerVR Series6XT GX6650, running at 1.4GHz
An analysis of the claims of Apple and leaked benchmarks with regards to the graphics performance and technologies in the new A8 chip that powers the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus indicates that Apple has likely moved to a new PowerVR GPU. The most likely candidate is the six-core PowerVR Series6XT GX6650 made by Imagination. Apple is also likely using a revised version of the Cyclone architecture, first used in the A7, to manage graphics processing.
Consolidation should influence future phone, tablet designs
Imagination Technologies is planning to buy MIPS Technologies in a deal costing $60 million in cash, says Anandtech. MIPS produces one of the few standard CPU architectures outside of Intel and ARM; in buying the company, Imagination will get 82 related patents. Another 580 patents and patent applications have been sold for $350 million to Bridge Crossing, a CPU patent holding group with partners like Intel, ARM, HP, and IBM.
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.
iPad 2012 gets shown off early
Well-known for its pre-release Apple access, Vietnam's Tinhte in a pair of posts has gotten early access to the third-generation iPad and answered some of its core questions. Apart from proving that the box will be very familiar, the site confirmed that the new iPad has an LTE toggle to save power. Most Android devices often won't allow this without a third-party app or hack.
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.
iPad 3's chip may be upgraded A5 instead
An apparent discovery Sunday has shown what's purported as the iPad 3's mainboard with an unexpected A5X, not A6, processor name. The WeiPhone details don't directly indicate what this would imply, but they imply more of an evolution than a major overhaul. A date code on top suggests it was made in 2011 week 46, or about November 14-20 and the timeframe when iPad 3 production may have started.
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.
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.
Tests show PowerVR SGX544 graphics
Samsung may be readying an upgraded version of its Galaxy Nexus handset with a faster processor. Tests using the benchmark tool NenaMark reference a mystery device that is powered by PowerVR SGX 544 graphics components, which are tied to TI's latest 1.8GHz OMAP4470 processor.
Notion Ink confirms its next tablet CPU choice
Notion Ink in a update early Saturday Bangalore time uncovered one of the first details of next-generation tablet. Referring to the slate as the Adam II, it plans to use a TI OMAP 4400-series multi-core processor mated with Android 4.0. What clock speed and which exact graphics core weren't mentioned, apart from the video coming through a PowerVR SGX500-series core.
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.
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.
Next Galaxy S to get quad-core Exynos CPU?
The next Samsung Galaxy smartphone may get a quad-core Exynos processor from, a newly leaked piece of Linux code revealed. The rumor indicated it may offer much more processing power than the 1.2GHz Exynos 4210 used in the current Galaxy S II. The likely processor would be the Exynos 4412, which could use a 32 nanometer design that runs its four ARM Cortex A9 cores at up to 1.5GHz. The chip compares favorably with NVIDIA's Tegra 3, which uses a larger 40nm design.
Galaxy Nexus 1st Android to beat iPhone 4S in web
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.
Chip uses latest Midgard architecture
ARM has introduced a new graphics core, known as the Mali-T658, that promise to bring a significant leap in performance over its predecessor. The GPU is designed for mobile applications, working in conjunction with the company's Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 processors. The system is also compatible with a range of APIs such as OpenGL ES, OpenCL, OpenVG and DirectX 11.
iPhone 4S claims minor edges over Galaxy S II
Apple with the iPhone 4S launch finally put out its answer to the Galaxy S II. Some might say it's catching up: both have dual-core processors, eight-megapixel cameras, and 1080p video. But Apple isn't necessarily just bringing itself up to par; we'll see in a quick breakdown where the 4S might be pulling ahead as well as where it has room to grow.
Droid RAZR at Nenamark, RAZR domain bought
The upcoming Droid RAZR/Droid HD/Motorola Spyder just received some benchmark tests administered by Nenamark. Other than the numbers, the listing confirms the phone will ship with a 960x540 touchscreen and get a 1.2GHz, dual-core TI OMAP4430 processor. Verizon will carry the handset, as evidenced by the carrier ID.
iPhone 5 part identifies A5 by name as tests go up
A post on China's Weibo has shown a reputed iPhone 5 mainboard that, for the first time, shows its use of the A5 processor. It resembles an earlier parts leak and is distinct in looks both from the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 mainboards, ruling out the A4 or the tablet implementation of the A5. The shot also appears to show a 1,430mAh battery, up very slightly from the 1,420mAh lithium-ion pack in the iPhone 4.
Pegatron may be second contractor for iPad 3
Apple may take on a second contractor to make the iPad 3, according to industry rumors Monday. Pegatron, already in line to build iPhone 5s, is considered a frontrunner to build the tablets along with original producer Foxconn. The wake of the Foxconn Chengdu blast has led Apple to look at a second producer, Digitimes heard.
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.
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.
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.
New Motorola Droid Bionic hits benchmark
Allusions to a completely redesigned Droid Bionic have been supported by a new benchmark run. A device identifying itself as the new Motorola phone has shown up at NenaMark using PowerVR SGX540 graphics attached to a 1GHz processor, a giveaway that the phone has changed over from the original NVIDIA Tegra 2 to a TI OMAP chip, most likely the 4430 or 4440. Its presence helps confirm Motorola's comments that 4G was delaying the Bionic and Xoom and that the issue was a major conflict between the Tegra 2 and Motorola's choice of 4G hardware.
Sony may slash NGP features to hit Nintendo, Apple
Sony might be stripping down the performance of the NGP to better take on the Nintendo 3DS and Apple's iPod touch. A rumor late Thursday from France's 01net claimed that developers had been told the NGP would have half the main RAM, 256MB, and a similar cut to 128MB of video RAM. It may also drop the 16GB of built-in storage and shed the plain SD card slot in favor of a possibly more proprietary format with copy protection; whether that was Memory Stick or another format wasn't mentioned.
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.
Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi has older components than 3G
The Wi-Fi-only version of the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab uses lower-spec components than the 3G version, beyond just the radio. As confirmed the official page, the Wi-Fi tablet uses a 1GHz A8 Cortex CPU paired with an older PowerVR SGX530 graphics core. The 3G version of the tablet has a 1GHz Cortex A8 as well, but it's a newer generation C110 version, the Hummingbird, along with a newer SGX540 for video.
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.
iPad 2 benched against Xoom
Early, detailed benchmarks of the iPad 2's performance have provided a surprise win by Apple over the Motorola Xoom. Despite NVIDIA's reputation for fast graphics, AnandTech found the PowerVR SGX543MP2 in the iPad 2 was in some cases several times faster in Imagination Technologies' GLBenchmark 2.0 than the Xoom's Tegra 2 chip. While the Xoom has to drive a higher 1280x800 resolution, the difference wouldn't have been enough to claim the edge.
iOS 4.3 shows iPhone 5 using same A5 as iPad 2
An early look at the publicly released iOS 4.3 update has confirmed that the iPhone 5 will be getting the same A5 chip as in the iPad 2. Both the tablet and the future iPhone, codenamed the N94AP, are listed as using the same S5L8940 processor. They don't confirm the clock speed, but Apple ran a slightly underclocked version of the A4 in the iPhone 4.
iPad 2 4X faster in SunSpider web tests
WebGL spec final with Apple, Google, Mozilla, more
Apple expected to show next iPad March 2
The next iPad is due to show at an event in just over a week, insiders claimed Tuesday. A special event in San Francisco is "firm" for March 2. While the invitations and location weren't given to AllThingsD, it expected official news shortly and for the event to take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, much as for the original iPad event on January 27 a year ago.
Counterclaims have iPad 2 on track for April
A pair of leaks emerged on mid-Tuesday that promptly countered beliefs that the next iPad might be delayed. Sources for both Reuters and Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes insisted that the new Apple tablet was still on track. While the news outlet couldn't obtain more, Reitzes noted that Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai was expected to ship new iPads to customers in early April, about two million of which would reach customers that month.
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.
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.
Samsung Galaxy S II and Tab II official early
Samsung confirmed its Mobile World Congress plans early with details of its two flagships. The Galaxy Tab II is now slightly larger than the iPad it goes up against with a 10.1-inch, 1280x800 display much like the Motorola Xoom. It uses what should be a stock version of Android 3.0 and runs on a 1GHz (likely dual-core) processor that can record 1080p video from the rear eight-megapixel camera.
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.
Concord says next iPad has 1.2GHz dual-core A9
The next iPad's hardware was given unusually detailed specifications through a new note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at Concord Securities. He supported beliefs that the Apple tablet would have a dual-core, ARM Cortex-A9 but suggested that it would clock in at 1.2GHz, a significant step up from the 1GHz single-core A8 used today. The performance would put it on par with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon and NVIDIA's upcoming Tegra 2 3D.
Sony unveils NGP to take on iPod touch
Sony at its special event on Thursday leapt back into mobile gaming with the Next Generation Portable. The soon-to-come PSP2 promises a PS3-level experience with a much faster, quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and a multi-core PowerVR SGX543MP4 graphics chip four times faster than seen before. It centers on a massive five-inch, 960x544 OLED screen that promises a much larger experience than on a smartphone.
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.
iBooks 1.2 points to iPad 2 getting Retina Display
A handful of discoveries on Saturday may have all but confirmed suspicions of a new iPad with a Retina Display. Both Arizona State University researcher Rafeed Chaudhury and mobile app writer Steve Troughton-Smith found images in both the current iBooks 1.2 and its 1.1 predecessor showing background and bookmark images that fit a "2X" iPad resolution that doesn't exist before. The wood tile image (below) is 1,536 pixels wide, twice the width of the iPad's screen, and by extension points to a 2048x1536 display on the future Apple tablet.
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.
We test the BlackBerry PlayBook as RIM hints sync
We had the opportunity to try the BlackBerry PlayBook at CES on Friday and discovered that it may have sync with more than just the BlackBerry. A representative on the show floor told Electronista that there might be plans to sync some services with the iPhone or other platforms. While there wasn't much definite, it was mainly something that RIM 'hadn't communicated yet,' the staffer said.
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.
Sony Ericsson Z1 gets low game test scores
Sony Ericsson's Z1 is currently disappointing in its game benchmarks based on a scoop that has caught it in early testing today. The 1GHz PlayStation phone reaches 24.4 frames per second in Qualcomm's Neocore 3D benchmark, or just half the 55.6 frames per second from a Nexus S. The Engadget insider didn't say whether it was using Android 2.3 or full-speed software.
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.
Samsung Galaxy Tab launches in weeks
Samsung this morning finally took the wraps from the Galaxy Tab, its first tablet and the first major competitor to the iPad. The device revolves around its seven-inch, 1024x600 LCD and is Samsung's first handheld to ship with Android 2.2 -- and Flash 10.1 -- out of the box. Although traces of Samsung's TouchWiz are evident, most customizations have been for apps tailored to the larger screen size: Media Hub serves as a video portal, Music Hub handles audio, and a Readers Hub follows in the footsteps of iBooks.
Moto MB520 Kobe surfaces online
A key scoop this weekend has given away the existence of a mid-range Motorola Android phone destined for AT&T. The MB520, nicknamed the Kobe, was seen by Engadget in listings both at the UPnP Forum and Wi-Fi Alliance. While the official posts only acknowledge that it has 802.11n Wi-Fi and DLNA media sharing, a "trusted" source expects it to have a minimalist Blur interface like the Droid X on top of Android 2.1.