New and affordable mobile devices for PowerVR developers

A lot of you have been asking us recently about chipsets using PowerVR GPUs and mobile devices using these SoCs that you can buy worldwide.

This blog post lists the most popular smartphones and tablets using PowerVR Rogue GPUs. I also plan to update this article periodically, by adding new SoCs and devices as they appear, so you may want to bookmark it in case you want to see what’s new in the world of mobile.

Let’s start with the chipsets first. There are more than ten publicly announced SoCs that utilize PowerVR Series6 GPUs:

Depending on the target CPU architecture you are developing for, you can choose any of the devices below:

Google Nexus Player (Intel Atom Z3560)

The Nexus Player is the first device to bring the Android TV experience to your living room. It is manufactured by Asus, doubles as a micro-games console for playing your favorite Android games and supports a dedicated, custom-built gamepad controller.  The Nexus Player uses a 1.8 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor that includes a PowerVR G6430 GPU, backed up by 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of flash storage.

nexusplayerGoogle Nexus Player

Since PowerVR G6430 supports both medium- and high-precision rendering, developers can develop their OpenGL ES 3.x code using both the FP32 and FP16 ALU cores inside the GPU.

Tronsmart Orion R68-Meta (Rockchip RK3368)

Tronsmart Orion R68 (official website) is an affordable and versatile Android set-top box. It supports HDMI 2.0 and 4K @ 60fps H.265 video and has 2 GB of DDR3 RAM and 16 GB of eMMC flash storage.

Tronsmart-R68-Exclusive-Private-MouldTronsmart Orion R68-Meta

New Dell Venue 7 (Intel Atom™ Z3460) and 8 (Intel Atom Z3480)

Dell Venue 7 and 8 3000 Series (2014) (buy here or here) are two new lightweight Android tablets that are powerful and stylish, featuring a high-resolution screen and award-winning audio.

dell-venue-8-android-two-tablets-smallDell Venue 8

Furthermore, both devices ship with OpenCL drivers working out of the box. Check out our GPU compute page for more information on how to get started writing applications for computational photography, video transcoding, computer vision or augmented reality.

Meizu MX5, Gionee Elife E8 or LeTV X600 (MediaTek Helio X10 MT6795)

These three affordable smartphones offer 4G LTE and True8Core™ technologies from MediaTek and come equipped with a PowerVR G6200 GPU.

meizu-mx5-1Meizu MX5

Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (Intel Atom Z3580)

ZenFone 2 (buy here) is powered by a 64-bit 2.3GHz quad-core Intel® Atom™ Z3580 processor, and is the world’s first smartphone with 4GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM. Featuring LTE Category 4+ for download speeds up to 250Mbit/s, and a 60ms touch response time, ZenFone 2 features a PowerVR G6430 GPU.

Asus Zenfone 2Asus ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML)

New Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 and 7 (MediaTek MT8135)

The new Kindle Fire HD 6 and 7 tablets (buy here or here) include a fast quad-core processor from MediaTek clocked at 1.5 GHz. MT8135 offers twice the speed and faster graphics performance than the previous-generation Fire HD, for quicker apps and smoother effects.

new-amazon-kindle-fire-7Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7

Special mention: MIPS Creator Ci20 dev board and reference tablets (Ingenic JZ4780 – MIPS32 dual-core CPU, PowerVR SGX GPU)

For developers that wish to target MIPS-based processors, we can offer either a reference tablet or a Creator Ci20 dev board running Linux and Android 4.4 KitKat. If you’re interested in receiving any of the two for free, please let us know on Twitter (@ImaginationPR, @PowerVRInsider) or in the comments section below.

Make sure you include a full description of your project, including what applications you intend to port.

Creator_ci20_Purple_v3_Angle-right Creator Ci20 dev board

Happy coding!

Make sure you also follow us on Twitter (@PowerVRInsider, @ImaginationPR) to get the latest news and announcements from PowerVR.

    • Hi Ian,
      We’re currently planning the roadmap for our Creator family; we have stated that CI20 is the first in a series.
      If there is strong demand for a high-performance dev board using a MIPS Warrior CPU, we will look at all options available.
      Regards,
      Alex.

        • Not really, given its chart-topping performance.
          https://blog.imgtec.com/mips-processors/mips-p5600-cpu-sets-new-performance-record
          P5600 is a best in class CPU targeted at high performance applications. The fact that it is a 32-bit CPU doesn’t mean it has any disadvantage over competing processors; in fact, it is based on a modern architecture that includes fast SIMD, advanced virtualization, security and much more
          https://blog.imgtec.com/mips-processors/mips-p5600-series5-warrior-cpu
          Regards,
          Alex.

          • Going to 64-bit does not automatically guarantee better performance. Implementing an efficient micro-architecture designed to handle real-world workloads is what delivers better performance.

          • You mean best in FPGA-Simulator class?
            According to coremark’s “certified” results database the Cortex A15 is the “best” in the “Hardware/Production Silicon” class with 9.36 Coremark/MHz(between “vendors” ARM & MIPS only; ignoring Tilera’s 71 core SoC & microMIPS)
            The irony is when one looks at Coremark’s benchmark database the old Aptiv line seems to be the second best in the “FPGA-Simulator”class. In fact in the first 50 results at least, all the members of the FPGA-Simulator class seem to be MIPS entrants.Also interesting to note that the P5600 only barely does better than 2013’s “Imagination Technologies proAptiv single core” (5.16 vs 5.10 coremark/MHz respectively)
            Hopefully unlike the aptiv we shall see, under Imagination Technologies, an actual production P5600 MIPS SoC becoming a competitor in the “Hardware/Production Silicon” class rather than the meaningless in house FPGA-Simulator class. Though at the end of the day that is up to the market to decide.

          • Hi Alex,
            Those are 6 year old uncertified results:
            “EEMBC Certified Scores: EEMBC only guarantees the reliability of scores that have been officially
            certified by the EEMBC Technology Center (ETC). During our certification
            process, the ETC re-establishes the manufacturer’s benchmark environment,
            verifies all settings, rebuilds the executable, and runs ULPBench according
            to the specific run rules. EEMBC certification ensures that scores are
            repeatable, accurate, obtained fairly, and derived according to EEMBC’s
            rules.”
            Point is it seems that even CPU IP vendors prefer to have an actual Production/Si test score certified than an FPGA one these days; at least thats what ARM has with their ARM Cortex-A15 entry in Coremark’s database…
            Couldnt MIPS follow suit and commission a one-off hard-core implementation as a showcase piece(ala A15 above)?

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