POWERVR Series6 GPU is Here to Keep Apple Ahead of NVIDIA for The Foreseeable Future

Submitted by lalit on June 15, 2011 - 7:53pm.

When the Tegra 2 based devices started shipping everybody started questioning if Apple will be able to match the performance offered by the combination of dual core ARM processor and NVIDIA’s GeForce GPU on the chip. Just few weeks later, Apple released the iPad 2 featuring the A5 processor, which mopped the floor with Tegra 2. Apple’s A5 processor not only bested Tegra 2 at computational task, but was also 2-5x faster when it came to graphics. Where everyone thought NVIDIA would have the lead. The star behind Apple’s prowess in graphics was Imagination Technologies’ POWERVR SGX543MP2 (Series5XT) graphics core.

When these results were published many tech analysts started talking about next generation Tegra processors (codenamed Kal-El and Wayne) and how will Apple compete with these chips in future. As far as Tegra chip codenamed Kal-El goes the current A5 chip will be handful for that processor because Apple’s chip is already 5 times faster than Tegra 2, which is what NVIDIA is aiming for in Kal-El chip.

But Tegra chip codenamed Wayne that will ship in 2012 might be a problem, as its GPU will bring 10x performance boost. The current top of the line Series5XT GPU (SGX544) from Imagination wouldn’t be able to match that performance.

However, Imagination Technologies today announced their next generation POWERVR Series6 graphics architecture, codenamed ‘Rogue’, which delivers unrivalled GFLOPS per mm2 and per mW. Chips based on the Series6 architecture will offer performance boost ranging from 6x to 20x over current POWERVR Series5XT architecture depending on the processes.  This would mean the future A-series chips from Apple will not only beat Tegra Wayne series, but will even give Tegra Logan and Stark series run for their money.

With POWERVR Series6, Apple’s A-series processors will offer 30x to 100x performance boost depending on number of cores when compared to Tegra 2. The battle of processors for mobile devices has just started and right now it looks like Apple is well placed for the next few years.