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CES: Imagination announces POWERVR SGX545 graphics core, potentially next iPhone graphics chip

Imagination Technologies, a partially Apple (and Intel)-owned UK firm that has been providing the graphics chips for every iPhone to date, announced their latest graphics core today.  The POWERVR SGX545 ups output capabilities to 40 million polygons/sec (up from previously 26 million) and resolution to 1080P with high framerates (60FPS?) and 3G graphics.

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.

POWERVR SGX545 is available for licensing now. The IP is already proven in silicon in a test chip from Imagination and licensed by a lead partner.

There is every possibility that the “lead partner” is Apple, as they are part owners in the company and have recently upped their percentage ownership significantly.   Imagination also makes graphics cores for other devices including the Palm Pre, however.

Also, as you might have guessed, this processor might find its way into Apple’s tablet as well.

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