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  • 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.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Movie Quality Graphics Chipmaker Joins The Apple Family started by Michael Essany View original post