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MWC 2016 | Imagination unveils PowerVR Series8XE GPUs

Imagination announces the PowerVR Series8XE mobile GPUs
Imagination PowerVR Series8XE
These new mobile GPUs aim the low-end sector market, providing more than 50 percent better performance than competing solutions and adding support for OpenGL ES 3.2 and Vulkan.

Imagination Technologies has just unveiled a new family of mobile GPUs in Barcelona, at the Mobile World Congress. Dubbed PowerVR Series8XE, these new GPUs "set a new standard for performance, power and area in cost-sensitive markets," providing improved performance and multiple advanced features, including hardware virtualization, support for OpenGL ES 3.2 and Vulkan 1.0, as well as enhanced security.

According to the official press release, Imagination considers the new Series8XE to be "the best entry-level GPU core ever designed" and they have already licensed it for use in multiple mobile devices, 4K TVs, OTT set-top boxes, smart wearables, automotive applications, and more. These GPUs are up to 25 percent smaller than the Series7XE while providing the same fillrate for a lower cost. On the other hand, the Series8XE can deliver up to twice the performance per mm2 in various industry benchmarks, as well as up to 45 percent less chip area when compared to competing solutions with the same fillrate.

In addition to Vulkan 1.0 and OpenGL ES 3.2, the new family of PowerVR GPUs supports PVRIC3 lossless image compression, 10-bit YUV for video streaming, as well as Imagination’s OmniShield multi-domain security. The press release mentioned two configurations, namely the 2 pixels per clock GE8200 and the 4 pixels per clock GE8300 IP cores. The first devices to use the PowerVR Series8XE GPUs will surely come out later this year, so get ready to receive the news.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-02-22 (Update: 2016-02-22)
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