Imagination Technologies Unveils Next Generation GPU For iOS Devices; 20 Times More Powerful And 5 Times More Efficient

UK based Imagination Technologies, the maker of graphics processing unit has unveiled their next generation GPU – PowerVR Series 6 at CES 2012.

The Verge reports that Imagination claims that the sixth generation of its GPU’s will provide 20 times or more performance improvements, while also being 5 times more efficient.

The Verge reports:

The PowerVR Series 6 is starting off with two core designs, the G6400 and G6200, but will continue to expand into “a growing family.” Imagination claims the sixth generation of its graphics core can deliver “20x or more” the performance of current-gen hardware, while also being five times more efficient. That’s thanks to producing the highest GFLOPS both per mW and per square millimeter.

The maximum computational performance is said to “reach the teraFLOPS range,” though it’s not entirely clear whether either of the particular core designs introduced today are capable of it. The difference between them is that the G6400 has four of Imagination’s new compute clusters, whereas the G6200 only has two.

Apple holds a 3.9% stake in the company and has used their chips in iOS devices for the last few years, for example – Apple is currently using PowerVR SGX543MP2 in the A5 system-on-a-chip that powers iPad 2 and iPhone 4S so it is very likely that these next generation GPU’s will make it to Apple’s A6 system on chip that is expected to power iPad 3 and the sixth generation iPhone that will be launched later this year.

[Imagination Technologies via The Verge]