Series6 PowerVR GPU Promises Up to 100x Boost

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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  • bison88
    I'll believe it when I see it. Anyone can throw around these numbers but they are hardly proven in most cases.
  • g00fysmiley
    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
  • scook9
    100x compared to what though? I hate these relative marketing terms
  • annymmo
    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.
  • rhino13
    100X increase for under a milliwatt means they were doing something blatently wrong the first time.
  • dark_lord69
    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?
  • someguynamedmatt
  • dark_lord69
    Unrelated/off the wall comment..
    The girl in the proactiv Ad at the top is SMOKIN' HOT!
  • -Fran-
    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.

  • theshonen8899
    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.