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Tiny, low-power Android GPU targets wearables, IoT


A new PowerVR graphics processor IP core from Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) provides what the company claims is the industry’s smallest Android-compatible GPU solution. The PowerVR Series5XE GX5300 core boasts a 0.55mm2 (250MHz in 28nm) silicon footprint and features full OpenGL ES 2.0 capability, ultra-low power consumption, and Imagination’s PVRTC texture compression technology.

The new GX5300 core builds upon previous Series5 devices, with substantial improvements in efficiency, providing a low-power solution for entry-level smartphones, wearables, IoT and other small footprint embedded applications. The GX5300 features PowerVR’s programmable shader-based, tile-based, deferred rendering (TBDR) architecture that leads to high performance efficiency and the lowest power consumption per frame. Imagination’s industry-leading PVRTC technology ensures minimum memory footprint and superior image quality.

The PowerVR GX5300 has been designed for graphics efficiency in ultra-compact silicon area, obtaining better real device performance and compatibility without unnecessary overhead. This GPU is optimized for small footprint devices, yet does not compromise functionality, with full support for APIs such as OpenGL ES 2.0, and Imagination’s industry-leading PVRTC as well as all major texture compression formats.

Imagination provides developers with free access to the PowerVR Graphics SDK, a cross-platform toolkit designed to support all aspects of 3D graphics application development. Developers can join the PowerVR Insider community, download the SDK for free and interact with the community of 45,000+ members through developer forums .

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