Imagination's PowerVR G6230 64-Core GPU Enables GPU Leadership in Allwinner UltraOcta A80 Processor

Imagination's PowerVR G6230 64-Core GPU Enables GPU Leadership in Allwinner
UltraOcta A80 Processor

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS --
Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) reports that Allwinner Technology, a
worldwide leader in mobile application processor design, today unveiled its
next-generation UltraOcta A80 processor, which Allwinner claims is the world's
first octa-core heterogeneous SoC design to include a PowerVR Series6 GPU.
Allwinner says their UltraOcta processor is designed to bring premium
performance devices to consumers at lower price points, opening new market
spaces and driving value innovation opportunities across tablets, OTT media
players, notebook PCs, all-in-ones, and even smart TVs.

Mike Zhang, CEO, Allwinner Technology, says: "We're excited to announce this
latest leading-edge SoC resulting from our close collaboration with
Imagination. For the past year, our worldwide customer base has grown
significantly, enabling us to deliver high-quality products at extremely
affordable prices. Thanks to industry-leading features including its advanced
PowerVR Series6 64-core GPU, the UltraOcta A80 gives OEMs the highest
performance, most power-efficient and cost-effective solution for a range of
devices."

Sir Hossein Yassaie, CEO, Imagination Technologies, says: "Our long-standing
strategic relationship with Allwinner has resulted in a series of amazing
products that offer high performance and low power consumption for highly
affordable devices. The graphics and GPU compute capabilities of the
newly-announced Allwinner UltraOcta A80 processor are truly impressive, thanks
to our unique PowerVR sixth generation TBDR architecture. The choice of a
fully-featured PowerVR G6230 GPU enables them to deliver a truly outstanding
platform for Android and other operating systems."

In its booth, number 6E30, at Mobile World Congress, Imagination will feature
all of Allwinner's latest PowerVR based chipsets, including the A80, A31 and
A31S. Mobile World Congress is being held February 24-28 in Barcelona, Spain.

Leading edge graphics and GPU compute performance

Keeping power consumption to a minimum has been a key focus for Allwinner's
new UltraOcta A80. With CoolFlex™, Allwinner claims its UltraOcta enables
maximum performance for applications while keeping overall power consumption
low.

The PowerVR G6230 GPU from Imagination Technologies sits at the heart of the
SoC. Advanced 3D gaming, high-resolution graphical UIs, and web browsing at
lightning-fast speeds are a breeze on UltraOcta A80 platforms, thanks to its
dual-cluster, 64 core PowerVR Series6 GPU.

The G6230 graphics core incorporates PVR3C, a comprehensive portfolio of
compression technologies designed to work together to deliver exceptional SoC
performance while achieving significant power savings. PVR3C includes:

  *PVRTC and PVRTC2 (texture compression): currently the most widely deployed
    texture compression formats in the market
  *PVRIC (lossless image compression): delivers dramatically improved
    throughput, reduced bandwidth, conserved power and improved system
    performance
  *PVRGC (lossless geometry compression): reduces overall bandwidth usage and
    related system costs as the geometry complexity, especially in today's
    gaming environments, continues to increase

All PowerVR Series6 Rogue GPUs focus on delivering the most efficient graphics
and compute engine and offers a series of key advantages over competing
solutions, including:

  *64 FP32 ALU cores
    The PowerVR Series6 Rogue cores include Unified Scalable Clusters (or
    USCs); each cluster contains 16 pipelines and each pipeline has 2 FP32
    ALUs. The PowerVR G6230 GPU is a dual-cluster design that has a total of
    64 FP32 ALU cores, offering superior processing power and improved
    precision for better image quality in console-quality games. Additionally,
    the PowerVR G6230 GPU includes a number of FP16 cores which provide
    additional low-power performance for a range of graphics applications,
    including fast blending for HDR rendering in games and UIs.
  *Scalar processing: Scalar processing achieves the highest utilization of
    ALUs and eases graphics programming. Whereas vector arithmetic units
    occupy more silicon than a scalar unit and might not be fully used if code
    is not operating on vectors, scalar ALUs handle algorithms written with
    scalar ops (R), vec2 ops (RG), vec3 (RGB) or a full vec4 (RGBA) with the
    same efficiency. In addition, scalar instructions decrease the complexity
    of the instruction set, requiring less chip area for the instruction
    decoder.
  *Unified architecture: The superior efficiency of Rogue GPUs is derived
    from its advanced tiling-based deferred architecture (TBDR) combined with
    a unified shader approach to the programmable elements of the GPU. The
    combination of these two characteristics provides phenomenal latency
    tolerance; along with automatic load balancing, this allows the PowerVR
    G6230 GPU to process geometry, fragment and compute tasks with equal ease.
  *Leading API support: Application developers can take advantage of the
    significant parallel processing power in PowerVR G6230 GPU for both
    graphics and GPU compute tasks. Thanks to the powerful Rogue architecture
    on which PowerVR G6230 is based on, the Allwinner A80 processor is able to
    support all major mobile and desktop APIs, including OpenGL ES
    Next/3.0/2.0, OpenGL 3.x, DirectX 9_3/10, OpenCL and Renderscript.

About Allwinner

Allwinner Technology is a leading fabless design company dedicated to smart
application processor SoCs and smart analog ICs. Its product line includes
multi-core application processors for smart devices and smart power management
ICs used by brands worldwide.

With its focus on cutting edge UHD video processing, high performance
multi-core CPU/GPU integration, and ultra-low power consumption, Allwinner
Technology is a mainstream solution provider for the global tablet, internet
TV, smart home device, automotive in-dash device, smart power management, and
mobile connected device markets. Allwinner Technology is headquartered in
Zhuhai, China.

About Imagination Technologies

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billions of people throughout the world. The company's broad range of silicon
IP (intellectual property) includes the key multimedia, communications and
general purpose processors needed to create the SoCs (Systems on Chips) that
power all mobile, consumer, automotive, enterprise, infrastructure, IoT and
embedded electronics. These are complemented by its unique software and cloud
IP and system solution focus, enabling its licensees and partners get to
market quickly by creating and leveraging highly differentiated SoC platforms.
Imagination's licensees include many of the world's leading semiconductor
manufacturers, network operators and OEMs/ODMs who are creating some of the
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