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Series6 PowerVR GPU Promises Up to 100x Boost

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Yowza!

Gaming on smartphones is becoming increasingly popular thanks to improvements in the mobile CPU and GPU sector. While five years ago we would have stared, mouths agape, at what phones can handle today, they still don’t come close to what you can get with desktop graphics. However, Imagine Technologies says it's going to change all that.

Imagination Technologies can count the iPhone 4, the iPad, the Galaxy S and the yet-to-be-released PSP2/NGP on the list of devices that use its technology and things just got a whole lot more interesting for the company. The British chip-maker this week announced a new set of mobile GPUs, the Series6 PowerVR series, codenamed Rogue, that it claims could rival the processing power of desktop GPUs in three years time.

Imagination Technologies told Pocket Gamer that thanks to a set of undisclosed innovations in the field, the new series of chips offers a speed increase over today's quad-core models by around “20-100 times the power,” yet consumes barely a milliwatt.

Imagination Technologies says it's already licensed the technology to others, and Pocket Gamer says longtime partner Texas Instruments is likely to be one of them.

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    scook9 , February 21, 2011 4:46 PM
    100x compared to what though? I hate these relative marketing terms
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    bison88 , February 21, 2011 4:42 PM
    I'll believe it when I see it. Anyone can throw around these numbers but they are hardly proven in most cases.
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  • 13 Hide
    bison88 , February 21, 2011 4:42 PM
    I'll believe it when I see it. Anyone can throw around these numbers but they are hardly proven in most cases.
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    g00fysmiley , February 21, 2011 4:45 PM
    here's hopign its true ... but the truth usually is somewhere between the claim and the previous generation generally more toward the previous generation side
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    scook9 , February 21, 2011 4:46 PM
    100x compared to what though? I hate these relative marketing terms
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    annymmo , February 21, 2011 4:48 PM
    Could this be the thing where you lower power so the signal just gets through? While for the lowest bits they go even lower so you get probabilities that the signal gets through of e.g. 0.9 or 0.8 This could explain the power requirements.
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    rhino13 , February 21, 2011 4:58 PM
    100X increase for under a milliwatt means they were doing something blatently wrong the first time.
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    dark_lord69 , February 21, 2011 5:04 PM
    So... Crysis on my cell phone WITHOUT onlive?
    I'll believe it when I see it and if phone graphics are getting that good what will it be like for desktop graphics at that time?
    Photo realism?
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    someguynamedmatt , February 21, 2011 5:06 PM
    Yay?
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    dark_lord69 , February 21, 2011 5:07 PM
    Unrelated/off the wall comment..
    The girl in the proactiv Ad at the top is SMOKIN' HOT!
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    Yuka , February 21, 2011 5:08 PM
    Where is ATI/AMD in all this when you need 'em?!

    Oh, yeah... They just entered the Netbook playground with Brazos. Hopefully they can shrink down to Smartphones soon enough to get these things cheaper. Prices ATM are just a big laugh.

    Cheers!
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    theshonen8899 , February 21, 2011 5:15 PM
    Do they understand that even if they do this (unlikely as it may be), someone will come by, take that chip, put four of them in a desktop, and overclock it to oblivion such that it would make smartphones vs PC a joke, again?

    It's really weird when a company goes on about smartphone efficiency and fails to realize the same truth holds for desktops.
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    Anonymous , February 21, 2011 5:16 PM
    Keep in mind these graphics are powering a much smaller screen than what laptops and desktops.
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    geekapproved , February 21, 2011 5:24 PM
    How can some no name British company get these contracts with companies like AMD, Nvidia, etc. leading the market?
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    xophaser , February 21, 2011 5:26 PM
    PowerVR, I thought they went out of business when Nvidia, 3dfx, ati destroyed them back in the 90s.
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    robochump , February 21, 2011 5:37 PM
    In 3-4 years desktop chips will be much faster than they are now. So I do not see this being possible in this time frame. If Smart Phone CPUs ever become as fast as top end desktop or even low end desktop CPUs then I can see them as a valid option for full fledged PCs. Especially since they use such small amounts of energy. I guess we shall stay tuned!
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    amk09 , February 21, 2011 5:42 PM
    OK even IF they are telling the truth, and these mobile GPU's will compete with desktop GPU's(which ones?!? the $40 Radeon HD 5450?)...I have 2 questions.

    1. How many thousands of dollars will it cost me?
    2. How the FU!# will it only consume a milliwatt of power?!?
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    cybrcatter , February 21, 2011 5:55 PM
    dark_lord69Unrelated/off the wall comment..The girl in the proactiv Ad at the top is SMOKIN' HOT!


    lol, ads.

    What are those?
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    Drag0nR1der , February 21, 2011 6:02 PM
    am I the only one completely unmoved by the idea of gaming at desktop quality graphics on my phone?
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    RipperjackAU , February 21, 2011 6:22 PM
    dark_lord69Unrelated/off the wall comment..The girl in the proactiv Ad at the top is SMOKIN' HOT!


    What girl? You mean this one?

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    qhoa1385 , February 21, 2011 6:23 PM
    100x Performance of a Motorola DynaTAC 8000X

    OOOOOH how fast!...

    I hate shady terms
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    ikefu , February 21, 2011 6:25 PM
    You're gonna look really dumb when you have to carry a water cooling block in your pocket in order to cool the GPU in your phone if they try to shove as much horsepower into it as a desktop GPU has.
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