Architectures for the Future: PowerVR, Furian, ARM, DynamIQ

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1Q 2017 | IN-4497


Semiconductor IP Vendors Unveil Architectures for Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Vision, and Automotive


Imagination Technologies recently unveiled its next-generation GPU architecture, Furian, suited for 7 nm silicon architectures and targeted at high performance computing in a wide variety of new applications, and for higher density screen resolutions. Compared to the previous-generation Imagination Technologies GPU architecture, Rogue, Furian is claimed to have higher density in the same process technology and at the same clock rate:

  • 35% GFLOPS more per silicon area in the same process rate
  • 80% fill rate improvement, driven largely from architectural and routing changes
  • 70% to 90% density improvement for gaming applications

Goals stated by Furian include:

  • Moving from OpenGL embedded systems to Vulkan programming.
  • Shift from rendering scenes for 1080p @ 60 fps to 4K @ 120 fps, with 10-bit high dynamic range (HDR)
  • Support for artificial intelligence (AI) computation in the form of neural nets/convolutional neural networking (CNN)

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