Imagination Unveils IMG A-Series GPU Designed For Everything from IoT to Mobile and Server

Imagination Technologies has just launched IMG A-Series GPU which they claim is “The GPU of Everything” and “The fastest GPU IP ever”.

IMG A-Series can be customized and scaled for various applications & markets from automotive, AIoT, set-top box, mobile, and server.  Compared to the company’s earlier PowerVR 9Series GPU, IMG A-Series GPU delivers 2.5 times more performance, eight times faster AI processor, and 60% less power while running complex content with the same process node, area, and under similar conditions.

IMG A-Series GPU

IMG A-Series GPU supports the latest API standards including OpenGL ES, Vulkan, OpenCL, and Imagination provides a Unified AI API for use in combination with PowerVR neural network accelerators.

It also offers 5x performance density compared to the best current shipping PowerVR devices and supports PVRIC4 lossless or virtually-lossless compression guaranteeing a 50% bandwidth and footprint reduction.

The new GPU also leverages HyperLane Technology with up to eight individual, isolated hardware control lanes for multizone hardware virtualization leading to improved security and stability. HyperLane Technology also enables what the company calls “AI Synergy” that allows software developers to run programmable AI workloads on the A-Series GPU at the same time as graphics while offloading fixed-function AI to a dedicated neural-network accelerator.

An automotive options package brings ISO 26262 certification readiness, documentation, and long-term support.

IMG A-Series GPU Block Diagram
IMG A-Series GPU Block Diagram – Click to Enlarge

There are currently three categories and 7 GPU IP as follows:

  • AXE area-optimized, fillrate-focused designs for cost-sensitive devices
    • IMG AXE-2-16 for premium IoT, entry DTV/STB, display and other fillrate driven applications; 2 PPC, 16 GFLOPS, and 2 Gpixels
    • IMG AXE-1-16 for entry-level mobile and IoT and the fastest Vulkan-capable GPU in its class; 1 PPC, 16 GFLOPS, and 1 Gpixels
  • AXM which balances performance, power, and area
    • IMG AXM-8-256 for mid-range mobile; 0.25 TFLOPS, 8 Gpixels and 1 TOPS
  • AXT high-performance GPUs with a focus on low power
    • IMG AXT-64-2048 for flagship performance; 2.0 TFLOPS, 64 Gpixels, and 8 TOPS of AI performance
    • IMG AXT-48-1536 for premium mobile; 1.5 TFLOPS, 48 Gpixels, and 6 TOPS
    • IMG AXT-32-1024 for high-performance mobile and automotive; 1 TFLOPs, 32 Gpixels, and 4 TOPS
    • IMG AXT-16-512 for high-mid-performance mobile and automotive; 0.5 TFLOPS, 16 Gpixels, and 2 TOPS

Imagination Technologies upload an IMG A-Series demo on YouTube which looks very impressive, and which I assume was rendered on IMG AXT-64-2048 GPU.
You’ll find more details on the press release and product page.

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Did they also open source a driver that uses a modern kernel? If not, hard pass and any SoC using their IP is dead.

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>If not, hard pass and any SoC using their IP is dead.

More 3.reallyold-rc3+ kernel with hundreds of known exploits until the end of time than dead I fear.

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Not open source but they put effort in to PowerVR training

Imagination announces 2020 update to mobile graphics university module

An Introduction to Mobile Graphics 2020 Edition includes teaching materials and practical exercises that use the company’s PowerVR GPUs.

” The course has been developed such that little previous knowledge of graphics is required. The modules cover mobile graphics technologies and their architectures; the PowerVR framework for mobile graphics development; mobile graphics software development kits (SDKs); texturing; transformations and example shader code including lighting models. ”

Mainly aimed at gaming but they claim other uses too.

” The original materials were downloaded by around 200 universities, and likely put into use by some 100, estimates Owen. He hopes the 2020 edition, which is available in Chinese in addition to English, will see higher uptake. “

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Yeah, that’s like the old Apple educational discount. It sounds like a nice thing until you realize it’s just an attempt to get new people locked into their ecosystem. I take your point, though.

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No proper video driver. Again. Even Broadcom, f*ng Broadcom release open source video driver. ImgTek is just insane.

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They’re just dying anyways but they seem determined not to change anything even so.