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Smart glasses: The first wave of wearable and connected devices integrating Imagination IP

   

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a new wave of announcements related to Internet of Things (IoT) and other ultra-portable devices integrating Imagination IP. One of the biggest buzz words right now is wearable devices; there were several wearable concepts introduced at CES 2014, covering any and every use case, from augmented and virtual […]

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Instagram-like computational photography with PowerVR SGX GPUs

         

Mobile phones have been visually-oriented devices since the appearance of the first camera phones, and today user-produced content has been a driving force behind everything from network utilisation to app creation. However, developers have recently begun to use sophisticated manipulation of the image data to create a wide range of new user experiences, from intelligent […]

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Samsung Exynos 5410-based platforms come packed with developer goodies

         

Two months ago we were excited to reveal that the Samsung Exynos 5410 processor utilizes our PowerVR SGX544 GPU. One recent example is the latest Android device from Meizu, the MX3, which was launched at the Beijing National Aquatics Center a few days ago. During the event, Meizu focused on the processing capabilities of its […]

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Understanding PowerVR Series5XT: YUV colour space conversions and the 2D core

       

Simple 2D operations continue to be very common in embedded systems. But as modern embedded GPUs increasingly become GFLOPS monsters to handle advanced functionality such as complex 3D graphics and compute, they become increasingly less efficient at handling simple 2D data movement operations. Data handling with PowerVR’s dedicated 2D core Staying true to the concept […]

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Understanding PowerVR Series5XT: Multithreading, multitasking ALUs, the MicroKernel and core scalability

          

A unified architecture means that the ALUs (Arithmetic Logic Units – the bits of the hardware that do all the number crunching as part of shader or compute program processing) are generic and not dedicated to specific processing tasks. This type of ‘universal (or unified) shading’ approach is unanimously recognised as the most efficient. Unified […]

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Understanding PowerVR Series5XT: PowerVR, TBDR and architecture efficiency

           

In the previous three sections, I discussed the need to match market requirements, our rapid adoption of multiple graphics APIs, and our uncompromising support for GPU compute across all our PowerVR GPU cores. In this section, I will dive more deeply into the underlying hardware architecture, highlighting a selection of the patented unique features, as […]

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Understanding PowerVR Series5XT: PowerVR and GPU compute

           

In my last two articles, I’ve explained how PowerVR Series5XT GPUs are able to go beyond the basic feature set of graphics APIs like OpenGL ES and DirectX, and offer full, complete and feature-rich implementations of new and existing graphics APIs. It’s now time to focus on our support for GPU compute and how we’ve […]

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Understanding PowerVR Series5XT: PowerVR GPUs and graphics API standards adoption

           

On March 15th, Samsung announced their flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone – powered by their own Samsung Exynos 5 Octa SoC with a PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU core. Samsung’s return to PowerVR should be no surprise given the defining role played by the SGX540 in the original Galaxy and for Imagination,  it’s simply a continuation of the […]

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Rockchip releases RK3168 SoC with PowerVR SGX graphics, we go hands-on with image quality tests

         

Chinese chipset vendor Rockchip has just joined the ‘high efficiency, low power’ club by recently announcing the 28nm RK3168 dual core processor with PowerVR SGX graphics for mobile devices. The RK3168 platform was displayed at the 2013 spring edition of the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, where Rockchip had a tablet reference design connected to a […]

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From Google Glass to Samsung Galaxy S4, PowerVR SGX is mobile’s leading GPU

            

As the accelerated rate of adoption for mass-market smartphones and tablets is creating an increased pull from OEMs and ODMs to promote hype and buzz terms above everything else, consumers can easily lose track of which solution is better and why. Recent product announcements like Samsung Galaxy S4, Lenovo K900, Alcatel One Touch HD range […]

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