While NVIDIA have licensed IP in the past (PS3, XBOX1), don't count on getting one if your business involves selling chips.
Interesting that the GC800 found to be the GPU in the Marvell chip on GLBenchmark is claimed by Vivante to be only 1.9 mm^2 in 40nm. Assuming this is not a BS number, I know from painful experience this would be a good bit smaller than Imagination SGX535, but performing more like NVIDIA on the benchmarks.
At least one of the licensees is no doubt Marvel. I was at CES yesterday and saw some products with the Marvell Armada chip set in their booth.
According to GLBenchmark's website, the Armada processor has Vivante's GC860 single-core GPU. Looking at tbe benchmark scores posted on the GLbenchmark site, Vivante's chip seems to have similar performance to the GeForce ULV in NVIDIA Tegra-2. NVIDIA is calling the Tegra-2 an 8-core GPU. If one Vivante core equals eight GeForce cores, then this could explain why Vivante has so many licensees.
It will be interesting to see who licensed the Vivante multicore GPU. Maybe Intel or AMD will put this in a desktop processor some day?
1.Who are the 40 customers?
2.what products are they using it in?
3.Any power/performance benchmarks or comparison with latest Mali/PowerVR/nVidia ULP GPUs?
Without answers to the above questions, it is hard to believe the claims made by the company.
"in 2010 we have been successful winning new customers based on the common selection criteria of highest performance in the silicon budget and power consumption envelope."
Quite an interesting product portfolio. The GC400 is a good offering, efficiency is a great selling point.And with one line of the GPU cores targeting the mobile market, I think they are going to see much growth this coming year.
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