Imagination Technologies PowerVR G6630: This new GPU is 60x faster than anything currently on the market

November 19, 2012
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Imagination Technologies is a company that specializes in making graphics processors. They’re kind of like ARM, by that we mean they design processors that other companies then license and put on their chips. Take the chips that power Apple’s iOS devices for example, they all use GPUs from Imagination Technologies. Late last week, the company announced their latest creation, the PowerVR G6630. It’s the fastest GPU they’ve ever designed. They say it’s 60x faster than their previous generation cores. This is worth repeating: We didn’t say 60% faster, we said 60x faster!

How exactly does it work? To be perfectly honest, we have absolutely no idea. That being said, Imagination Technologies wants to emphasize energy efficiency with this new GPU. It has six processing cores that are smart enough to know when to turn off two or even four of those cores, depending on what’s being displayed on the screen. The G6630 also supports the latest graphics standards, including OpenGL ES 3.0/2.0/1.1, OpenGL 3.x/4.x, OpenCL 1.x, and DirectX 10.

Now for the important question: When will you we be able to buy a device that has this totally bad ass GPU inside? Imagination says it could happen next year, but our gut instinct tells us that’s not really going to happen. Experience has taught us that when companies announce new processors, it takes as much as two years for them to end up in retail hardware. That might upset some of you to hear, but it’s the truth.

Do we even need to have graphics processors that are this fast? Absolutely. There’s no such thing as “enough”, no matter how fast things get. The smartphone market today is like the PC market in the 90s. Every year we get products that are twice as fast as those from the previous generation. Performance improvements will slow down eventually, but right now it’s best to just buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/wahaab Wahaab Jalal Bhatti

    60 times!, now that’ll surely put every 2013/2014 smartphones to shame….except the one that houses this incredible piece of hardware!. Not only smartphones, but consoles like PS and XBOX will surely fell quite obselete as one’ll be able to enjoy 1080p console games on a tiny device (as compared with the size of console devices).

  • http://www.facebook.com/eduardornelles Edu Dornelles

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dcukic Domagoj Čukić

    i call a bull on this one. 60 times faster? no god damned way. it will be more powerful than todays middle range pc GPU and that simply cant be done. not even 6 times. yes, maybe power efficiency to performace ratio maybe, but 60 times better chip is not possible

    • jusephe

      It’s 60 x faster and 5 times more efficient than previous generation. That efficiency bonus will be converted to higher clock rate wich means even higher performance.

  • MasterMuffin

    Yea something to power those 1080p screens!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1076674789 Friðberg Leifs Jensson

    On paper it is possible but making the processor is another thing.

  • ray01000101010101

    Let’s hope Qualcomm will use one of this in their next gen processor, I remember they had a liscence deal with Imagination, but not sure if it was PowerVR 6

  • ray01000101010101

    Direct X 10? come on, the shoulda included Direct X 11

    • jusephe

      some will get 11.1

  • Joe

    A faster GPU is not going to help making better games since the platform is highly CPU-bound!

  • bossia

    I dont understand. Where did you get the 60Xx faster from? Here is more detail on the architecture via another report: http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/graphics/display/20121118164455_Imagination_Unleashes_High_Performance_6_Cluster_GPU_for_Smartphones_Tablets_and_Low_Power_Gadgets.html