LONDON – Vivante Corp., a supplier of graphics processing unit (GPU) IP cores, has said that its 2-D GPU display and pixel composition engine has been now adopted by 5 of the top 10 application processor vendors and used in over 30 SoC designs.
The composition and GUI engine is a 2-D and pixel processing pipeline that supports up to 8K by 8K resolution, the company said. It also argues that running a 2-D graphics block for those things that need it, such as the user inteface and font rendering, while keeping the 3-D GPU switched off and only used when necessary is a good power-saving strategy. This approach is already used in Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors.
Vivante (Sunnyvale, Calif.) did not name it's licensees. It had previously claimed a total of 40 licensees using its GPU IP cores.
Vivants said its technology can blend, scale, animate, layer, filter, process, and combine multiple input sources (3D, 2D, HD video) to compose for final viewing. The IP block can be combined with Vivante's complete line of ultra-low power, high performance 3-D engine or other 3-D cores The block supports all CPU architectures; including ARM, MIPS, x86 and PowerPC, Vivante said.
Vivante CEO Wei-Jin Dai said, "Our vision is
this innovative technology should be in every application processor that powers
high resolution Android screens. We have succeeded in developing an important
piece of the visual ecosystem as market demand for better graphics, real time
effects, and instant UI response keeps growing. With SoC designers at a cross
road of balancing visual performance and power, our IP will help bridge this gap
by being a fundamental piece of the solution and lowering the overall system
power. Consumers can have a memorable user experience and solutions providers
can create the next wave of popular multimedia devices with GUI acceleration
that steps it up to the next level."
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