According to the semiconductor research firm Jon Peddie Research, Qualcomm is shipping the most mobile graphics processors. The research firm found that nearly 900 million mobile GPUs of all types shipped in 2011, and projects unit shipments to surpass 1 billion in 2012. The mobile GPU leader, Qualcomm, owned 25 percent of the market last year, while runner-up Intel had a 19 percent share.
The Khronos Group just wrapped up another tour in Asia. Slides from the visit and a few photos are available online.
Following the meetings in Taipei and Hsinchu in February2012, the Khronos Group will once again return to Taiwan in early June. Visiting the National Taiwan University and National Tsing Hua University, Khronos will hold a series of public educational activities and business meetings. In order to further communication and interaction with local Taiwanese businesses, the meetings will be open to the public. The Khronos Group will have a lot of exciting information to discuss and is looking forward to the enthusiastic participation of the Pan-Pacific region.
Vivante Corporation today announced Vivante GC Cores passed the Khronos Group OpenCL 1.1 Embedded Profile (EP) conformance test suite on Freescale's i.MX 6 platform. The GC Cores use the latest programmable ScalarMorphic architecture to accelerate parallel data workloads on thousands of concurrent threads to achieve Gigaflops (GFLOPS) of computational performance. Applications taking advantage of Vivante cores to significantly speed-up processing includes image processing, computer vision, analytics, augmented reality and gesture-motion tracking.
HiSilicon and ARM announced that HiSilicon has licensed a range of ARM Mali Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) including the market leading Mali-400 MP GPU and the latest high-performance Mali-T658 GPU. The new licenses will increase the scalability of the GPU performance points that HiSilicon will be able to offer manufacturers of mobile, consumer and home devices. HiSilicon has also licensed the latest ARM Cortex processor technology for use in next generation devices.
Imagination was showing off GPU compute on a cell phone chip at GDC, physics in your pocket. That demo was pretty simple, take a Pandaboard with a TI OMAP 4430, a dual-core ARM A9 CPU and an Imagination SGX540 GPU, and run a cloth simulation on it. Not only could the OpenCL version exploit the GPU to do more balls and sheets than the CPU version, but it saved power while doing so. How much? On one CPU, the simulation took about .68A@5V to run at 14FPS with 100% CPU load. With two A9 cores loaded, the Pandaboard pulled .84A and ran at 24FPS. In OpenCL, CPU load dropped to less than 30%, FPS jumped to 42, and power draw went down to .60A. More than 10% less energy used, 3x the frame rate, and you could run more simulations on the same box if you wanted. Not bad at all.
Vivante Corporation announced that HiSilicon has expanded its ongoing technology partnership to include additional GC (Graphics and Compute) cores. HiSilicon will continue to integrate these key pieces of visual computing IP into SoC products for mobile and consumer products. Access to the latest Vivante IP cores, give HiSilicon an innovative technology platform based on the latest 3D, CGPU (Composition GPU) and GPGPU APIs. The latest agreement enables HiSilicon to deliver the highest graphics performance in products spanning its entire portfolio.
Graphics processor intellectual property licensor Imagination Technologies Group has signed up HiSilicon Technologies Co. Ltd. (Shenzhen, China) as licensee for multiple PowerVR multimedia cores covering graphics, video and display. The license agreement includes a member of the PowerVR Series 6 graphics family known as "Rogue."
The Khronos Group has posted video presentations from Barcelona. Speaking in Barcelona were Neil Trevett, Khronos Group President, Erik Noreke, Kristof Beets from Imagination Technology, Enrica Filippi from ST-Ericsson and Sri Kannan Iyer from ARM. A complete presentation list, photos and video list is also available from the Khronos event page.
Jon Peddie has a great write up on GFX Speak about The Khronos Group turning 12 this year.