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  • iOS 4.3 Driver Bundle Hints at Faster GPU

    The discovery of a new driver bundle inside the iOS 4.3 beta is suggesting a potentially radical leap in performance for iDevices. The PowerVR SGX543, the smallest OpenCL-capable graphics core, isn't used in any current iOS device, but its inclusion in the beta suggests one or more future device will incorporate it. The power of this co-processor could lead to iPads and iPhones that have comparable performance to notebook computers.

    Apple currently uses Imagination Technology's PowerVR SGX535 as the graphics coprocessor in the A4 chip. This is the same GPU used in the iPhone 3GS, as well as the Motorola Droid and the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab. It supports OpenGL 2.0 and can render up to 28 million polygons per second with a fillrate of 500 million pixels per second. The next-generation SGX543, by comparison, can render 35 million polygons per second with a fillrate of 1 billion pixels per second. Additionally, the SGX543 supports OpenCL, which means that programs will be able to access the GPU for non-graphical processing, drastically boosting power. It can be stacked it a multi-core configuration, though there might not be space inside the successor to the A4 system-on-a-chip for more than a single graphics core.

    Up to the current generation, iOS devices have been perhaps better known for the quality of its software than the speed of its hardware. In 2011, if this chip comes to the platform and growing rumors about a multicore processor are to be believed, that could all be set to change.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 4.3 Driver Bundle Hints at Faster GPU started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by iRepairIndy View Post
      I was about to buy an iPad.. but all this talk makes me want to wait.
      I bought one and still waiting to get the new one
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Go Gators View Post
      All this new hardware talk but the iPhone 5 still wont be 4g capable. Pretty sad!
      4G still isn't and still won't be widely available worldwide by this June/July, when the next iPhone should be due. Which is probably annoying Apple cos then they could call the next iPhone, the iPhone 4G
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Quote Originally Posted by stlcaddie View Post
      Apple will give us 1023 mb before they will give us 1gb. LOL, you know how they do it.
      Agreed, I can see iPad 2 with cameras with performance bump and a better upgrade I'm trying to sell my 16gb now.....
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      4g? Dream on
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Faster would be better! iPhone 5 should get updated, that would kick *****.