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Intel may integrate PowerVR GPU into next Atom

Intel may integrate PowerVR GPU into next Atom
Intel may integrate PowerVR GPU into next Atom
Next generation of Atom may drop Intel’s GMA series for a powerVR GPU

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While AMD has been successful with its Fusion lineup of accelerated processing units, Intel currently offers nothing quite as similar in the low-voltage, power-conscious processor market. However, new rumors are suggesting that Intel may be incorporating something analogous in its future Atom processors.

According to VR-Zone, Intel’s next generation of Atom (Cedarview) will reportedly integrate an SGX545 graphics core from PowerVR into the same chipset. If true, this would mark the first time that the Atom series will carry an on-die GPU outside of Intel’s own GMA series of integrated graphics. The supposedly leaked slide further details the GPU, including a GPU speed of 400 or 640MHz, support for DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0, and a performance target of up to twice that of the current Pine Trail platform. The integrated GPU would also allow for many of the same benefits as AMD’s Fusion APU, including hardware video acceleration and decoder support for MPEG-2 and H.264, to name a few.

While the SGX545 isn’t exactly high-end, as noted by VR-Zone, it is still expected to be just as capable as the graphics performance of the iPad 2, if not more so, as the Apple tablet itself sports an SGX543 core. PowerVR graphics have not been common amongst laptops but are seeing increased usage in other mobile platforms, such as the popular Samsung Galaxy S smartphones and even in Sony’s upcoming NGP handheld. In fact, the latter is expected to carry a quad-core version of the SGX543, and has been shown to be more than capable for rendering 3D graphics.

The Intel Cedarview platform is anticipated for a late 2011 release.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-05-12 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.