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About a year ago I published an article on Gamasutra called Practical techniques for ray tracing in games which explained how developers can implement a series of hybrid rendering techniques on PowerVR GR6500 (our ray tracing-capable GPU) to achieve some pretty impressive effects. Even though the target applications for ray tracing are extremely varied, this post is focused mainly on … Continued

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A few months ago at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC), Imagination announced that the latest version of the Cocos2d-x game engine has been optimized by Chukong Technologies for the Creator Ci20 microcomputer. Cocos2d-x is an extremely popular open source game engine that supports multiple operating systems, including Android; seven out of the ten top grossing games in China are … Continued

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Android currently supports a range of CPU and GPU architectures, implemented in different combinations across various chipsets. Scaling the fidelity of mobile graphics to get the most out of the underlying GPU has become a unique selling point when differentiating applications from the crowd. Because our PowerVR Insider programme is about enabling applications and their developers to succeed, we’ve included … Continued

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Launched at GDC 2013, the PowerVR Graphics SDK v3.1 provides developers all the SDK components, tools and utilities they need to build, test, and debug apps for Android, iOS, BlackBerry 10, Windows or Linux. The PowerVR Graphics SDK v3.1 is part of our usual cycle of bi-yearly updates when we include support for new graphics APIs, operating systems, and forthcoming … Continued

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GDC 2013 promises to attract over 22,500 programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games. In the coming years, the landscape of graphics is set to under-go further advances. The 27th edition of GDC will again be very mobile-oriented; its organizers have conducted a survey among more than 2,500 game … Continued

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We are currently making the final preparations for GDC 2013, the annual March conference on game development, software tools, and graphics technologies. We are very excited about the things we have put together this year, including four PowerVR sessions, one amazing panel on the future of mobile graphics, tons of giveaways and the upcoming release of the PowerVR Graphics SDK. … Continued

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After giving you a brief introduction to graphics development on Android and our PowerVR Graphics SDK v3.0 r2, it’s now time to make our PowerVR-based device say “Hello”! There are several ways to do this, but in our opinion there is none like a plain triangle rendered on a coloured background! For this exact purpose, the PowerVR Graphics SDK includes … Continued

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PowerVR SGX544 is the second member of Imagination’s PowerVR Series5XT family. It can be implemented as a high-performance 4-pipeline single core or in various multiprocessor (MP) configurations of between 2 and 16 cores (8 to 64 pipelines). The list below shows just some of our partners that have shipped or will soon ship PowerVR SGX544-based platforms: Allwinner A31, A31s Intel … Continued

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Benchmarking the performance of applications running on PowerVR GPUs isn’t as simple as collecting time stamps as various points in your render. The reason for this is that the graphics driver submits work to the GPU independently from the API calls that an application has made, i.e. very few graphics API calls are blocking operations. Additionally, PowerVR GPUs will try … Continued

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Since it first hit commercial devices in 2008, the Android Operating System (OS) has gained a significant market share and became one of the main OSes for mobile device manufacturers. A driving factor behind its dominance is the large number of applications available for it. As high-performance, low-power GPUs from Imagination’s PowerVR Series5XT graphics family have become common place in … Continued

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