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PowerVR is a division of Imagination Technologies that develops hardware and software for 2D and 3D rendering, and for video encoding, decoding, associated image processing and DirectX, OpenGL ES, OpenVG, and OpenCL acceleration.

PowerVR is a division of Imagination Technologies (formerly VideoLogic) that develops hardware and software for 2D and 3D rendering, and for video encoding, decoding, associated image processing and DirectX, OpenGL ES, OpenVG, and OpenCL acceleration.

The PowerVR product line was originally introduced to compete in the desktop PC market for 3D hardware accelerators with a product with a better price/performance ratio than existing products like those from 3dfx Interactive. Rapid changes in that market, notably with the introduction of OpenGL and Direct3D, led to rapid consolidation. PowerVR introduced new versions with low-power electronics that were aimed at the laptop computer market. Over time, this developed into a series of designs that could be incorporated into system-on-a-chip architectures suitable for handheld device use.

PowerVR accelerators are not manufactured by PowerVR, but instead their integrated circuit designs and patents are licensed to other companies, such as Texas Instruments, Intel, NEC, BlackBerry, Renesas, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Freescale, Apple, NXP Semiconductors (formerly Philips Semiconductors), and many others.

PowerVR ray tracing with Unreal Engine 4

Simon Walton, a software developer with Imagination Technologies, talks through the PowerVR Wizard ray tracing GPU architecture. Watch the 360 degree ...

PowerVR Kyro II vs GeForce 2 GTS: Efficiency meets brute force

When we built the interactive 1 GHz Retro Gaming PC, you guys wanted me to use the PowerVR Kyro II. The card turned out to work well with most games ...

PowerVR Kyro II vs GeForce 2 GTS PRO - VulpineGL Mark comparison

VulpineGL Mark is a OpenGL benchmark. This benchmark uses Hardware T&L that has the GeForce2 Pro (since the GeForce 256), but the Kyro II has her ...

An overview of PowerVR Graphics

Imagination's PowerVR graphics processors (GPUs) are the de facto standard for mobile and embedded graphics and GPU compute. The PowerVR GPU family ...

Tomb Raider (1996) - 3Dfx Glide vs. PowerVR SGL (PCX2)

A little comparsion of the old Tomb Raider with 3D-Acceleration. The PowerVR is superior imo. (If you have enough CPU-Horsepower! :D.

PowerVR Ray Tracing delivering real-time, photorealistic rendering

The PowerVR Wizard family of GPUs delivers a highly optimized and ultra-efficient implementation of the PowerVR Ray Tracing technology. The PowerVR ...