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Qualcomm’s powerful new HPU the S4

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 7th 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, Engineering and Development
Tags: gpu qualcomm snapdragon krait simd adreno hexagon dsp s4 processor

Initially leveraging a 28nm process from TSMC, Qualcomm has announced its Snapdragon S4 class of processors, of which the first member is the MSM8960 with an Adreno 225 GPU. The new 1.5 GHz processor (S4 will scale up to 2.5GHz) has Qualcomm’s micro-architectural design with four independent, proprietary ARM Cortex A15-class CPU cores, plus a 32-core GPU, plus 128 bit SIMD engine, plus three DSPs, plus a handful of hardwired engines for codecs and other special-purpose functions—basically a five processor+ heterogeneous processor that has an open programming environment, and a fast memory interface and manager. The new CPU core is compatible…

Trends and Forecasts in Computer Graphics— power-efficient rendering

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 1st 2013 | Permalink
Categories: General Interest
Tags: apple qualcomm opengl es pixar tiling computer graphics imagination technologies power management deferred rendering opensubdivision

This is the second in a series of observations about computer graphics (CG) trends, opportunities, and challenges.  (the first installment can be found at http://jonpeddie.com/blogs/comments/trends-and-forecasts-in-computer-graphics/ )   Introduction Today’s mobile processors are improving at an astonishing rate – and consequently delivering visually stunning user experiences in less than 3 Watts of power consumption. Just how is it that mobile processors running at 5% of the power of a game console, can produce the kind of graphics realism we had previously come to expect only from game consoles. It’s all about the pixel and making it shine, without drinking a lot of…

Focusing on the big picture

Posted by Kathleen Maher on November 21st 2013 | Permalink
Categories: General Interest
Tags: nvidia amd intel qualcomm maher jpr computer vision

As the players jockey for position, they look for territory to claim When you’ve been all over the place, it gets kind of hard to concentrate. The fragmenting digital market is just a huge challenge for companies to keep up with, and as a result, small companies have to make hard choices before their aspirations outstrip their budgets and big companies have to keep making a lot of money to fund all the opportunity coming their way … and then they have to make hard choices. Ever since AMD started coming out of its shell last summer, the company has been…