Imagination announces next generation POWERVR GPU, possibly bound for 2012 iPad, iPhone?

Imagination Technologies, makers of the POWERVR GPUs that power iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, has announced that 6 new partners, including 3 unnamed -- and presumably including Apple -- have licensed their upcoming next generation POWERVR Series 6.

The POWERVR Series6 GPU family, which delivers unrivalled GFLOPS per mm2 and per mW for all APIs, delivers not only a clear technology advantage and exceptional roadmap, driven by one of the largest teams of graphics engineers in the world, but also an extensive ecosystem of third party developers which has created hundreds of thousands of apps optimised for POWERVR enabled devices to date.

The current iPad 2, and likely the iPhone 5 this fall, make use of the POWERVR SGX543MP2 as part of the [Apple A5] system-on-a-chip. Apple claimed the A5 had 9x the graphic performance of the previous year's A4, and lets the iPad do all sorts of wonderful things, like AirPlay mirroring for games the level of Real Racing HD. What an Apple A6 chipset could do with an even more powerful the Series 6 -- other than melting a hole in your pocket -- could start rivaling the experience, if not raw polygon count, of console games. It could also more than make up for an iPad with a Retina Display...

Now we just have to wait and see if they can be produced in volume in time for Apple's 2012 release schedule.

[Imagination via MacRumors]