Series 7 targets notebook, console graphics
Rick Merritt, EETimes
11/10/2014 03:00 AM EST
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Imagination Technologies announced the latest turn of the crank for its graphics cores, which are mainly used in smartphones and tablets. The PowerVR Series 7 sports 35-60% better performance than the previous generation and adds a range of new features, including support for the first time for use in high-performance computing markets, where AMD and Nvidia currently hold sway.
The Series 7 chips are the company's first to support designs that deliver up to 1.5 TFlops, using up to 512 cores -- 16 clusters, each with 32 arithmetic logic units. The high-end configuration targets notebook and console graphics, as well as servers running general-purpose GPU programs, typically under OpenCL. Nvidia has long pioneered with its Cuda environment for the GPU server, a diverse space of scientific and business applications.
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