Movie Quality Graphics Chipmaker Joins The Apple Family
An important partner in the so-called "Apple Family" - Imagination, a firm that cranks out the PowerVR SGX graphics processor housed in iOS devices - has been doing some holiday shopping it seems. According to an announcement on Tuesday morning from Imagination, the company has acquired a successful firm capable of producing movie quality graphics.
As of June 2010, Apple controls a 9.5% stake in Imagination.
Imagination Technologies has officially acquired Caustic Graphics for $27 million, according to a report from Reuters
. Caustic Graphics is well known for its advanced ray tracing technologies, like the ability to render 3D graphics with sophisticated lighting models that lend to a real life, cinema-caliber appearance. According to Hossein Yassaie, chief executive of Imagination, "Ray tracing is a key additional technology that traditionally has been regarded as the exclusive domain of specialized markets and non real-time applications. We intend to change that.
Consequently, it's a logical assumption - if not a safe bet - that the impressive advancements made by Caustic Graphics will be employed by Imagination, likely with regard to future work with Apple. Real-time ray tracing graphics technology coming to iOS devices would be a significant development and one that both Imagination and Apple must already be contemplating. It should be noted, however, that neither Imagination or Caustic Graphics referenced Apple in their formal announcement.