The brand new Ingenic JZ4780 SoC with PowerVR Series5 graphics makes an appearance at CES 2013

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This is an exciting time for us here at Imagination. Over the past few months there have been a series of announcements from our silicon and OEM partners who have released multiple computing platforms incorporating our PowerVR Series5 and Series5XT graphics solutions. Some of the most recent products we’ve seen have been coming out of Asia, with China and Taiwan in particular seeing an insurgence. This is the case of Ingenic Semiconductor, a Chinese company founded in 2005 and based in Beijing. At CES 2013, Ingenic is showcasing the JZ4780 that promises to deliver a new performance point for power-efficient and affordable devices.

The JZ4780 is part of Ingenic’s xBurst lineup of products, which are designed to redefine the performance and power consumption criteria for a modern embedded SoC. These platforms have been used by smartphone and tablet manufactures from India and China to create innovative products at attractive prices. As a quick fun fact, Ingenic were the first to release an Android 4.0 tablet.

Ingenic’s JZ4780 promises high performance at low power

The affordable dual-core JZ4780 SoC offers high performance and advanced graphics, along with ultra-low power consumption. The new MIPS-based SoC from Ingenic leverages Imagination’s advanced processor and graphics IP to offer an engaging experience on tablets and other consumer devices. The high level of integration and ultra-low power consumption of this new SoC allows Ingenic to become a true contender in the mobile arena.

Ingenic JZ4780 block diagramIngenic JZ4780 block diagram*

This announcement was also accompanied by a reference design for a low-cost 10” Android-based tablet. This demo product will enable fast time to market for OEM, bringing even more consumers one step closer to owning a Google device that integrates our MIPS processor and PowerVR graphics solutions.

MIPS 10" reference design tabletMIPS 10″ reference design tablet*

Imagination is a key player in the fast-paced Asian market

An unstoppable force in the mobile world, our PowerVR Series5 and Series5XT GPU IP are proven and provide a fast, reliable and assured time to market, often in less than 12 months. This is becoming increasingly important as consumers want even their entry-level devices to run the latest version of their favourite operating system and experience the widest range of applications at the highest level of visual quality. The dynamic, fast-paced nature of the consumer electronics market also means that companies have to churn out devices every year, as product cycles seem to be shorter and shorter. To address this, we’ve created an ecosystem where silicon companies, OEM manufacturers and software providers can come together, get the discussion going at an accelerated pace and, ultimately, achieve innovation and increased efficiency.

With our extended experience in graphics and compute APIs like OpenGL ES, OpenGL, OpenCL and DirectX, we can guarantee partners like Ingenic that opting for a PowerVR GPU, gives them not only the ability to achieve both impressive benchmark results and un-matched real-life performance for their target market segment, but also an inherently low power design created specifically for the mobile and embedded world.

PowerVR Series5 GPUs going strong

The JZ4780 proves yet again that the PowerVR SGX540 ticking inside, and Series5/Series5XT graphics family in general, have huge potential, especially for silicon companies that want to enter the fast Asian market where aggressive pricing usually takes precedence. By going to lower process nodes, our partners are able to clock the GPU higher thus getting more out of our PowerVR graphics IP while still maintaining a leading edge in low power consumption, as we’ve seen in a number of tests lately.

Our graphics IP offers industry leading performance and is solution focused. We can offer a GPU that is able to interact with any CPU architecture – RISC or CISC, virtually giving our customers a SoC-ready solution that is easy to integrate and designed for mobile and embedded platforms where low power is of the essence. PowerVR SGX has been the first OpenGL ES 1.1, OpenGL ES 2.0 and
OpenVG 1.1 Compliant Solution, offering complete graphics acceleration with reduced CPU loading. It also offers OpenCL and Renderscript/Filterscript support, which will become increasingly important  in the near future, as applications designed to take advantage of GPU compute will be able to run not just on high-end Series6-based platforms but also on the hundreds of millions of budget tablets, smartphones and other embedded devices.

For more announcements from CES 2013, as well as clips and other media from the event in Las Vegas, follow us on Twitter (@ImaginationTech) and drop by our booth in the upper level of South Hall 4 at the LVCC to see a selection of products from our silicon and OEM partners.


* Images courtesy of Ingenic Semiconductor, all rights reserved

Alex Voica

Alex Voica

Before deciding to pursue his dream of working in technology marketing, Alexandru held various engineering roles at leading semiconductor companies in Europe. His background also includes research in computer graphics and VR at the School of Advanced Studies Sant'Anna in Pisa. You can follow him on Twitter @alexvoica.

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