Imagination Technologies, maker of the GPU’s found in the latest iPad 2, has just announced that they will be licensing the next generation of PowerVR Series6 chips, codenamed ‘Rogue’, to six key partners. So far, these partners include T-Ericsson, Texas Instruments and MediaTek. The remaining three partners have yet to be announced. Apple currently uses Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU for the iPad 2.

The latest iPad 2 has up to nine times the graphics performance over the previous iPad model. This combined with the power of Apple’s latest A5 CPU gives the iPad 2 an impressive amount of pixel pushing power. While all of this processing power is a welcomed improvement over the previous iPad model, it may pale in comparison to what Imagination Technologies has in store for the future.

According to the latest press release, “The POWERVR Series6 GPU family, which delivers unrivalled GFLOPS per mm2 and per mW for all APIs, delivers not only a clear technology advantage and exceptional roadmap, driven by one of the largest teams of graphics engineers in the world, but also an extensive ecosystem of third party developers which has created hundreds of thousands of apps optimized (sic) for POWERVR enabled devices to date.”

The new PowerVR chips will be backward compatible with the GPU’s found in the current crop of iOS devices. This should make the transition to the new GPU’s a smooth one for developers and users alike. “POWERVR Series6 GPUs will be fully compatible with Series5 and Series5XT POWERVR SGX GPUs, ensuring a smooth migration path for developers upgrading applications optimized for Series5 to the new architecture.”

While this announcement promises impressive graphics performance for future iOS devices, it is doubtful that these chips will make their way onto the iPad 3. It’s more likely that they will be integrated into the next iPad model featuring what is sure to be call the A6 chip. Although it will be some time before anyone is using these impressive chips in a portable device, at least the future looks bright for the iPad.

Source: AppleInsider