A brief history of the PowerVR Series5XT GPU family

With the new wave of PowerVR-enabled devices reaching consumers just in time for the holiday season, we’ve put together a brief history of the PowerVR Series5XT GPU family, from its announcement up until the release of the newest member, the PowerVR SGX554MP.

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A brief history of PowerVR Series5XT

The PowerVR™ SGX Series5XT Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) IP core family is a series of highly efficient graphics acceleration IP cores that meet the multimedia requirements of the next generation of consumer, communications and computing applications.

Storified by Imagination PR Team · Mon, Nov 05 2012 06:26:45

PowerVR SGX Series5XT architecture is fully scalable for a wide range of area and performance requirements, enabling it to target markets from low cost feature-rich mobile multimedia products to very high performance consoles and computing devices.
The family incorporates the second-generation Universal Scalable Shader Engine (USSE2™), with a feature set that exceeds the requirements of OpenGL 2.0 and Microsoft Shader Model 3, enabling 2D, 3D and general purpose (GP-GPU) processing in a single core.
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  • Sean

    It’s incredibly impressive how visionary Imagination has been to have cores that scale so well across a smattering of die sizes and processes. It is a winning strategy.

    I can’t wait to see what Series 6 brings, as I understand a lot of per-core functionality has been merged to reduce redundancies as well as extremely exciting features like frame-buffer compression. Once again, PowerVR should set the performance benchmark!

  • alexvoica

    Thanks Sean, we’ve worked hard to make sure our GPUs scale efficiently both in cores and frequency to address every needs of the mobile and embedded computing market.

    The PowerVR Series6 architecture offers an evolutionary cluster-based architecture which removes the additional logic required to manage duplication in multicore systems. It’s essentially one GPU core that provides more than the functionality of a traditional two- or four core MP GPU.

  • rd

    Can you comment on how much is 554 slower than XBox 360.

    The number I got from anandtech is

    554MP4 is 77 GFLOPS @ 300 Mhz.

    While
    XBOX is 96 GFLOPS @ 500 Mhz.
    is this correct.

  • alexvoica

    Hi,

    We can’t comment on the Xbox 360 number as (unfortunately) it does not have an Imagination GPU inside. But our PowerVR SGX 554MP4 core should deliver around 80 GFLOPS at your specified clock frequency.

    Hope that helps.

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