28 Jul '12, 11pm
Imagination outstrips all other GPU IP suppliers
Almost 6 years after ARM acquiring Falanx, it seems ARM GPU business is still not at good shape. The only public major licensee is Samsung in its Galaxy phone. With Samsung announcing new Imagination Tech IP end of last year, even this one is at stake. So ARM CPU dominance doesn't really help GPU business much at all. In order to gain its foot in GPU market, ARM must have some out-of-box thinking especially how to leverage its CPU dominance instead of following traditional GPU model. It also should ring a bell to ARM upper management that Apple didn't even bother to mention CPU when IPad 3 is announced. From SoC perspective, Apple only mention 2x GPU performance. Looking at Apple A5x silicon, Imagination Tech GPU IP size is already close to 3x of ARM IP.