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Low-cost GPU delivers HQ display to wearables

03 Mar 2015  | Julien Happich

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Specifically designed to optimise UI experience, the PowerVR G6020, a low-cost GPU by Imagination Technologies, drives high-quality graphics into wearables and other low-cost, small devices.

The GPU, operating on full OpenGL ES 3.0 functionality, is the smallest member of the PowerVR Series6XE family. It has four arithmetic logic unit (ALU) cores and comes with a silicon footprint of 2.2mm2 (28nm process technology at 400MHz). Featuring a universal shading cluster (USC), the chip renders smooth user experience for high-definition displays (720p at 60fps). It does so by enabling the optimal feature set in the smallest possible area and power envelope. The new USC is also compatible with other rogue USCs.

The PowerVR G6020 GPU from Imagination Technologies

In addition, the programmable shader-based tile-based deferred rendering architecture leads to high performance efficiency and the lowest power consumption per frame. PowerVR also maximises bandwidth efficiency with Imagination's advanced PVRTC2 texture compression technology that also ensures minimum memory footprint and superior image quality. The GPU supports Android, Android Wear, Linux and real-time operating systems.

Imagination provides developers free access to the PowerVR Graphics SDK, a cross-platform toolkit designed to support all aspects of 3D graphics application development.

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