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Imagination at CES: POWERVR SGX545 Graphics Core... Could it be the 4th Gen iPhone GPU?

Imagination, which counts Apple as one of its owners, has provided the GPU (graphics processing unit) for every iPhone to date, including the current iPhone 3GS PowerVR SGX, so it's not unreasonable to assume the latest, greatest PowerVR SGX545 introduced at CES will be in the 4th generation iPhone, likely to be announced in June/July:

SGX545 will also deliver OpenGL ES 2.x and OpenGL 3.2 to deliver class leading 3D graphics performance, and will also support OpenCL 1.0 full profile capability which will enable mobile and embedded applications to take maximum advantage of the capabilities offered by these GPU APIs for both 3D graphics and general purpose applications.

Could we see this spun into a new, ARM Cortex A9 multi-core cpu by Apple's own PA Semi? We've already got great 3D gaming, what's this one designed to do, burn our eyeballs into the back of our Avatar-scorched skulls?

[Imagination via 9to5mac]

Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

11 Comments
  • Pirdh or cun pirdh se lirohesh. Na cave karet duke bere postime kot me kot sa per te mbush blogun. Po duro mor kar te dali iphone i ri pastaj fillo derdellit qe te fitosh trafik.
  • Yeah what he said....
  • Elton, I concur...
  • I hope they put the tegra 2 in the next iPhone.
  • Haha yeah what the first guy said
  • Im curious to know how many games have actually been designed specifically for the 3GS's graphics chip. Is it really worth changing chips every device?
  • They better. New GPU could support higher resolution screen.
  • I have a feeling that all of these upgrades to the iPhone are going to be for next years iPhone.
  • Battery life ?
  • they are better,but adapter and bettery,hmmm, last week I spend $17.99 buy a ac adapter at udtek.com
  • Haha yeah what the first guy said