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Exclusive : Imagination Technologies Series6 "20x" Faster Than Series5

We met with Imagination Technologies' David Harold and Mike Hopkins, respectively Director of PR and marketing manager technology division at the UK-based company.

Apart from the fact that they have managed to ship more than 200 million graphics cores in 2010 (which is more than AMD, Intel and Nvidia combined), Harold also told us that the next generation Series6 graphics architecture will be twenty times faster than the Series5 SGX.

That's up to 100 times faster than the MBX graphics core that came with the first Apple iPhone or the Nokia N95 and all apparently sticking to the same power envelope.

On a per core basis, clock for clock, the performance gain is likely to be significantly but nonetheless impressive.

Hopkins added that the performance from MBX to Series6 is set to rise exponentially before stating that GPUs tend to scale more gracefully than CPUs in general.

Codenamed Rogue, the Power6 architecture has already been presented to several tier one lead partners and is expected to appear in products towards the very end of 2012, more probably at the beginning of 2013.

(ed : we've noticed that the paragraph mentioning Rogue on Wikipedia has been deleted from the PowerVR article).

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.