Confirmed: IPad Has PowerVR SGX Graphics

Posted: Feb 24 2010, 9:52am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 7:42pm CDT, in News | Apple


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The world is hungry, nay, famished for news about the iPad. Even the tiniest tidbits of info draw interest from eager Apple fans and tech geeks. Today, has some confirmation on the exact type of graphics hardware used in the new device. Apple has stated officially that, like the iPhone and iPod touch, the iPad uses the PowerVR SGX family of graphics chips.

“Using OpenGL ES on iPad is identical to using OpenGL ES on other iPhone OS devices. An iPad is a PowerVR SGX device and supports the same basic capabilities as other SGX devices. However, because the processor, memory architecture, and screen dimensions are different for iPad, you should always test your code on an iPad device before shipping to ensure performance meets your requirements.”

That ought to be enough to quash those rumors of an ARM GPU in the iPad. Now, on to the next round of idle speculation!

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