Apple has purchased 8.2 million shares of Imagination Technologies Group (ITG) stock, giving Apple 3.6% ownership. ITG is the company behind the PowerVR MBX and PowerVR SGX and VXD. The SGX is compatible with OpenGL ES 2.0 which includes a shader engine for more realistic 3D graphics. The VXD is capable of handling resolutions up to full HD resolution.
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. announced the development of a new video-processing technology which enables a complete wraparound view of a vehicle's perimeter in real time. This new technology uses the MB86R01 SoC(1) graphics chip for automobiles from Fujitsu Microelectronics Limited which supports the OpenGL ES 2.0. This technology will allow a driver to obtain an overview of their surroundings from a single image. This will allow them to grasp a situation surrounding the vehicle that requires immediate attention.
Imagination Technologies' POWERVR™ SGX520 graphics processor core has achieved conformance with the Khronos™ OpenGL® ES 2.0 standard. POWERVR SGX520 is claimed to be the world’s smallest 3D graphics processor solution to achieve OpenGL ES 2.0 conformance. POWERVR SGX520 is less than 2.6mm2 in TSMC 65LP process. POWERVR SGX supports OpenGL 2.0, OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenVG™ 1.0, while the previous generation POWERVR MBX 3D acceleration core, already deployed in more than 100m phones and other devices, supports OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenVG 1.0.1.
Adobe announced it would develop optimized versions of its AIR and Flash 10 apps for ARM11 and Cortex processors. The partnership specific to ARM includes a combination of chipmakers such including Broadcom, Freescale, NVIDIA, Samsung and Texas Instruments. This version will use both a newer and faster generation of ARM processors as well as OpenGL ES 2.0-capable graphics hardware to handle tasks that were previously impractical for lower-performance devices.
Imagination Technologies announces confirmation of design wins for all announced members of its industry-leading POWERVR™ SGX family Imagination Technologies. Design wins have been achieved for all announced members of the POWERVR SGX family, comprising the SGX520, SGX530, SGX531, SGX535 and SGX540. The family now ranges from the world’s smallest OpenGL ES 2.0 IP core up to the most powerful shader-based embedded graphics engine.
Says Hossein Yassaie, CEO, Imagination Technologies: “The embedded graphics market continues to expand, relentlessly demanding higher performance, scalable solutions. It’s now not just industry leaders who are putting emphasis on accelerated graphics – advanced graphics sell products and drive compelling applications. Any silicon manufacturer with no plan to bring graphics acceleration to its roadmap is in a weak competitive position.”
Latest POWERVR™ SGX531 graphics IP core available for licensing now Imagination Technologies – the leader in mobile and embedded graphics – announces the launch of the POWERVR SGX531 IP (Intellectual Property) core with native support for emerging trends in higher performance SoCs (Systems on Chip) that incorporate 128-bit or other higher data throughput bus fabrics. POWERVR SGX531 takes the already industry-leading capabilities of POWERVR SGX IP cores to another new level with an upgraded 128-bit internal bus architecture and related enhancements to maximise performance when integrated in the latest SoCs. This makes POWERVR SGX531 an ideal solution for next generation SoCs, including those targeting 1080p HD resolution displays and high frame rate applications.
Says Tony King-Smith, VP marketing, Imagination Technologies: "POWERVR SGX531 continues our leadership in delivering the strongest roadmap in the business. . Imagination's ongoing R&D innovation in embedded graphics demonstrates we are continually delivering new features and performance levels."
Vivante Corporation announced a multi-million dollar, multi-year, multi-use extension to an existing 2007 license agreement covering Vivante GPU IP cores. This top ten fabless semiconductor vendor has produced first-pass, working silicon samples including Vivante GPU cores for multiple product lines spanning digital home entertainment products, as well as smart phone and MID application processors. One notable result of this collaboration is the world’s smallest Khronos™ Group compliant OpenGL® ES 2.0 GPU cores, occupying less than 3.5 mm2 in 65 nm silicon. This silicon footprint includes test structures with the GPU core running at 200 MHz in 65LP process technology. Vivante has achieved Khronos Group compliance for the GPU cores delivered under this agreement for OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenVG™ 1.0.1, and OpenGL ES 1.1.
DMP recently announced three new courses, two getting started courses and one advanced course. The first GLSL Programming training course (getting started) will be next month October 23rd-24th, the second OpenGL ES Programming training course (getting started) will be in November, while the third OpenGL ES Programming training course (advanced) will follow,also in November. For more information on these courses, please visit the Khronos Group events page.