iPhones to get 4K with Pow­erVR ar­chi­tec­ture

The Furian GPU ar­chi­tec­ture is also de­signed for vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets and cars. Agam Shah re­ports

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New Pow­erVR graph­ics ar­chi­tec­ture from Imag­i­na­tion Tech­nolo­gies will give a se­ri­ous graph­ics boost to Ap­ple’s fu­ture iPhones, in­clud­ing 4K graph­ics. Imag­i­na­tion is an­nounc­ing Furian, the first ma­jor graph­ics ar­chi­tec­ture up­grade since Rogue, which was an­nounced in 2010. Ap­ple’s iPhone 7 cur­rently has graph­ics based on the Rogue ar­chi­tec­ture. The Furian ar­chi­tec­ture also sets up fu­ture iPhones for graph­ics-in­ten­sive ap­pli­ca­tions like

vir­tual re­al­ity. It will be used in new Pow­erVR GPUs like the Series8XT, ac­cord­ing to Imag­i­na­tion.

The ar­chi­tec­ture has al­ready been li­censed to de­vice mak­ers and should be avail­able in mo­bile de­vices by the end of 2018. Ap­ple mod­i­fies Pow­erVR graph­ics ar­chi­tec­tures for the iPhone, mean­ing the graph­ics ca­pa­bil­i­ties may also reach its de­vices next year.

The iPhone 7 has a GPU based on Pow­erVR GT7600 GPU ar­chi­tec­ture, which is based on Rogue. It has up to six cores and op­er­ates at around 900MHz, but can scale for a short time to boost graph­ics per­for­mance. Some An­droid phones also use Pow­erVR graph­ics.

The Furian ar­chi­tec­ture will bring more graph­ics cores, shorter path­ways, and the abil­ity to scale per­for­mance for longer pe­riod of times. The GPUs will also be smaller and op­er­ate at higher clock rates. Those fea­tures should bring a se­ri­ous boost to the graph­ics per­for­mance of the iPhone and other high-end mo­bile de­vices.

Furian sup­ports 4K video and is also de­signed to work on PCs and vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets. It is also de­signed to work in neu­ral net­works and au­ton­o­mous cars. It de­liv­ers a 35 per­cent in­crease in per­for­mance com­pared to Rogue, and a 70- to 90 per­cent im­prove­ment in gam­ing. Furian can scale up to 60 clus­ters, while Rogue scaled up to 12.

“We see an ar­chi­tec­ture that lasts us for a few years,” ex­plained Chris Longstaff, se­nior di­rec­tor of prod­uct and tech­nol­ogy mar­ket­ing for Pow­erVR at Imag­i­na­tion Tech­nolo­gies. The com­pany has tuned Furian for deep learning, which could be use­ful for self-driv­ing cars. Imag­i­na­tion has a strength in the au­to­mo­bile tech mar­ket, with its GPUs al­ready be­ing used by com­pa­nies like chip sup­plier Re­ne­sas.

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