UK system-on-a-chip developer Imagination Technologies will see its PowerVR MBX 3D graphics core used in ARM-based mobile phone and PDA processors made by Samsung. The company today said that ARM had sub-licensed the technology to the South Korean giant.
Imagination has already licensed the technology to ARM chip makers Intel and Texas Instruments. TI brought the PowerVR MBX core on board last April and plans to integrate it into future OMAP chips. Intel licensed the technology in July 2002, but as yet it hasn't surfaced in any of the company's XScale chips. That may change when it ships its next-generation XScale, 'Bulverde', sometime later this year. Hitachi and Sharp are also licensees.
PowerVR MBX uses the screen-tiling technique long a feature of PowerVR graphics features. The core renders a screen as collection of independent tiles, which speeds the overall rendering process considerably. That allows the chip to be relatively simple, in turn keeping the power consumption down.
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News source: The Reg