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January 09, 2014

Vivante Unveils GC7000 GPU IP Core

By Meenakshi Shankar, TMCnet Contributor

Portable devices continues to grow high and devices outshine with the graphics processor (GPU) integrated into its system on a chip application processor. Reports predict that there will be around 25 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2015 and 50 billion by 2020 which represents an enormous opportunity for the GPU. To get contents richer, more demands are placed on the GPU, CPU, and Video processing cores in addition to the power source. 

Vivante Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company specializing in GPU cores launched its next generation GC7000 series graphics IP cores based on Vega technology enhanced with next generation geometry and tessellation shaders. The addition of geometry and tessellation shaders cuts internal and off-chip bandwidth to reduce power, thermal envelopes, and memory footprint.

The company is sure that this enhancement will bring breakthrough performance, quality, and photo-realistic 4K rendering to any mobile or TV screen, boosting the 3D experience in games, apps, and GPU accelerated web browsers. 

"Vivante Vega GPUs have raised the bar for performance value all within the world's smallest footprint," Wei-jin Dai, president and chief executive officer of Vivante said in a statement.

"Now we are doing the same for 4K.  Devices at accessible price points can deliver smooth, high resolution media to any screen," Dai added.

The GC7000 architecture is Vivante's fourth generation ScalarMorphic design that has been built from the ground up for mobility and supports OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenGL, OpenCL 1.1, Renderscript, and DirectX.

As indicated, the new GC7000 will allow simultaneous, coherent and distributed graphics, vision, and compute contexts to run in parallel. Each core can function independently or in groups with instant, on-demand, task-specific load-balancing of GPU resources monitored in real-time to maximize performance and minimize context switch overhead. Moreover, with the Vega-based CG7000 series unified processing core, 3D games will run smoothly with crisp, ultra HD resolution content combined with advanced graphics features like physics rendering and ray tracing.

GC7000 series GPU cores are immediately ready for system on chip (SoC) silicon integration and testing and come packaged with Vivante's unified software stack that is backwards compatible with existing drivers, board support packages, and Android (News - Alert)/Chrome applications.

Vivante’s GC 400 launched recently is yet another innovation optimized for Android, Windows Embedded and other operating systems, making it compatible with practically every device on the market.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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