Tag Archives | graphics

The latest PowerVR SDK v3.4 and tools are live!

       

PowerVR SDK v3.4 is the latest release that we are deploying this year. Key features include the addition of the latest compilers for PowerVR Series6 (FP16 and FP32) and Series6XT GPUs to PVRShaderEditor, providing more up-to-date shader profiling. PVRShaderEditor also adds new functionality to access the GLSL disassembly for these compilers as well as full […]

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A consumer’s guide to graphics benchmarks

     

If you are like me, you probably keep track of the latest reviews for upcoming smartphones and tablets, wondering which device to buy next. Part of the review process for many new devices includes a section called benchmarks. This usually is the part that turns the comments box of many websites into a passionate debate […]

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Building next generation apps processors for mobile computing

          

A recent study from IC Insights found that in 2013 apps processors for smartphones and tablets accounted for 31% of total microprocessor sales, up from 26% in 2012. Companies competing in the mobile arena are well positioned to become the main driving force behind the fast growth of the overall semiconductor industry. When building chipsets […]

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PowerVR Rogue GPUs now shipping with 64-bit mobile computing platforms

      

This week Imagination has announced general availability of 64-bit drivers for silicon vendors using PowerVR Rogue GPUs. We are the first GPU IP provider to deliver fully implemented 64-bit drivers (kernel and user mode) running on all mainstream 64-bit CPU architectures that can be used in mobile, including ARMv8, Intel 64 Architecture (IA) and MIPS64. […]

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Launching the ray tracing PowerVR Wizard GPUs at GDC 2014: coverage roundup

             

Now that the dust has settled over GDC 2014, we have started collecting and analyzing the coverage from the launch of our ray tracing PowerVR Wizard GPU. The week we’ve spent in San Francisco has been one of the busiest we’ve had in recent history: alongside a full day of PowerVR sessions (including two presentations […]

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PowerVR GR6500: ray tracing is the future… and the future is now

            

If you follow Imagination and what we do, you may have heard about PowerVR Ray Tracing, hybrid rendering and the potential that these technologies have to revolutionize the user experience from mobile and console gaming to virtual and augmented reality. For the better part of the last eight years, we have been busy developing unique […]

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Soft Kitty: An overview of the latest OpenGL ES 3.0 technical demo from Imagination

       

Fur effects have traditionally presented a significant challenge in real time graphics. The latest desktop techniques employ Direct3D 11 tessellation to dynamically create hundreds of thousands of geometric hair follicles or fur strands on the fly. On mobile platforms, developers must make do with a far more restrained performance budget and significantly reduced memory bandwidth. […]

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OpenGL ES 3.1 goes official at GDC 2014

             

PowerVR Rogue GPUs already running demos of the latest mobile API at GDC 2014 Almost two years after revealing their last major revision to the mobile-oriented OpenGL® ES graphics API, the Khronos Group is ready to unveil a brand new upgrade to the specification aimed at bringing a selection of desktop-level yet power efficient features […]

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(Ray) Trace your steps at GDC 2014 with Imagination

       

GDC 2014 marks perhaps one of the most important chapters in the history of mobile graphics. This year we will be organizing a series of sessions which will focus on ray tracing, a technology that is well known in the professional animation market, but because of cost and power constraints, heretofore unthinkable in mobile devices. […]

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Graphics cores: trying to compare apples to apples

       

Marketing of modern graphics processors involves comparing many low level performance metrics. For example, our PowerVR GPUs are commonly compared based on GFLOPS (a measure of computing throughput), triangles per second (a measure of geometry throughput), pixels per second and texels per second (measures of fill rate). In addition to these more traditional metrics it […]

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