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Imagination Technologies reveals PowerVR Series 7XT GPUs with a claimed 1.6 TFLOPS in FP16 mode


Imagination Technologies today revealed its new PowerVR Series 7XT GPUs that it will be announcing at the Mobile World Congress next week. The new PowerVR Series 7XT GPUs bring a significant leap in performance over the Series 6XT GPUs, with a claimed 1.6 TFLOPS in FP16 mode and 800 GFLOPS in FP32 mode. For comparison, the recently announced NVIDIA Tegra X1 boasts of 1 TFLOPS in FP 16 mode.

The flagship GPU from the Series 7XT family of GPUs will be the PowerVR GT7900. This GPU will be manufactured using the 14/16nm process like the other GPUs of the family. Apart from mobile devices, Imagination Technologies is also marketing the GPU to be used in affordable game consoles that can deliver pretty much the kind of graphics current-gen consoles are capable of, but at a significantly lower price point. The GLOPS performance has been tripled over the previous most powerful PowerVR GPU thanks to an increase in the number of ALU cores from 192 in the GX6650 to 512, and other architectural improvements. It also brings support for OpenGL ES 3.1 and AEP (Android Extension Pack).


The PowerVR GT7900 is capable of supporting high-resolution 4K displays at 60 fps and includes native support for 10-bit YUV colors. You will also find the PowerVR Series5 video encode and decode processors (VPU) and the PowerVR V2500 camera processor (ISP).

Since the main customer of Imagination Technologies PowerVR GPU line is Apple, we could perhaps expect to see this new GPU or a slightly less powerful version of it to be used in the Apple iPhone 6s/7 or the iPad Air 3.

Source: Imagination Technologies

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