Samsung is a bit of a mobile GPU conoisseur it seems. Its previous flagship, Hummingbird, used a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU. Its most recent high-end SoC, the Exynos 4210, uses an ARM Mali-400 GPU. Even more recently Samsung was listed on ARM's Mali-T658 deck, indicating its continued support for ARM based GPUs. Samsung is continuing to play both sides of the field though with today's announcement of licensing an Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX MP core.

The SGX MP refers to ImgTec's Series 5XT cores, for example the PowerVR SGX 543MP2 used in Apple's A5. There are more options than just the 543 MP2, the SGX MP license could refer to another 543 configuration, an SGX 544MP1-16 or an SGX 554MP1-16.

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  • vision33r - Friday, November 11, 2011 - link

    Don't worry, Apple is already there and beating Sony, Nintendo, and Android in the mobile gaming scene. The only thing Android has going is the large number of emulators and people pirating apps and games.
  • XZerg - Thursday, November 10, 2011 - link

    Here is the take from both sides:

    For Portable consoles:
    1) For developers it is one platform that they need to develop and test for so not to have a negative backlash for poor experience.
    2) Simpler development cycle/environment.
    3) Specific pre-built libraries and packages
    4) Money incentives (both real and from advertisements) which are also pretty good reasons to go with a console maker.

    Against Portable Consoles:
    1) Very small market compared to the mobile phone, even if you were to pick a specific OS.
    2) Most people need a phone more than a portable console
    3) As you mentioned - frequent updates on the mobile phone
    4) mobile phones are maturing to take on almost all tasks a PC can do - which includes gaming - definitely not on the same level but attempts are still being made to deliver the same indulgence.
    5) Phones are becoming more and more multifunctional than the portable console, thus catering to more and more population.

    The death of portable console is inevitable in its current form. However the one thing that Sony/Microsoft, Nintendo can do right is to license out their SDK to OS makers and watch them gain in revenues.
  • Zapa - Friday, November 11, 2011 - link

    Licensing Sony products was one of the topic of my conversation with my friend. But this is never going to happen. It is like Goldman Sachs CEO saying he's going to return all the money to the people.

    They are not going to shorten the upgrading time between new generations of consoles.

    And they are not going to participate in the open products game.

    What do they have left?
  • DanD85 - Thursday, November 10, 2011 - link

    I don't think so because phone & game console like the PSP target very different market. Let look at the current PSP for examples. Yes, the hardware of the PSP is pale in comparison to the current smartphone but the quality of its games are much more advanced than phone games even in graphic wise (eg: god of war etc.). Besides, portable console is dedicated hardware for game with physical control and highly optimize firmware for game performance. They only play games so if you're a dedicated gamer, this is not even a question.
  • psychobriggsy - Friday, November 11, 2011 - link

    The benefit a portable game console has is the physical interface it provides - the analogue sticks, the buttons, the D-Pad, the shoulder buttons, etc.

    A mobile phone without these may have the same capability of SoC inside (and in a couple of years it will be faster even), but it won't have the same interface for playing games.

    Of course many games don't benefit as much from having the physical controller because they were designed with a touchscreen UI originally. But for many games, on-screen controls obscure the screen, and we shouldn't forget the issue of fingerprint grease.

    Nothing stopping someone from designing a standalone slimline physical controller pad that communicates with the phone/tablet via bluetooth though. NVIDIA has developed APIs for Android that allow use of PS3/XBox/Wiimote controllers, so you'd only need to emulate one of these, and supporting games will be able to utilise it.
  • siberus - Thursday, November 10, 2011 - link

    If developers can learn from the success and failure of ds games they could probably begin to create more interesting games that appeal to more then just the casual gamer.(not that that is a small market or anything) Currently Destinia is the game I've put the most time into on my android. There's alot to like about it but still some interface kinks that need to be worked out. There's lots of attack skills and not alot of screen real estate given to them, so in a chaotic boss fight I find myself fumbling over skills and often times using the wrong ones. (shakes fist at fat fingers)
    I'm surprised more android game developers haven't tried to steal from the success of particular ds titles that took advantage of the touch interface. Games like "the world ends with you" or "trauma: under the knife" or even "lux-pain"where attacks skills are tied more into gestures then smacking virtual buttons. There is definitely potential to obsolete traditional handheld systems, but alot of work needs to be done t raise the quality of the experience they are trying to sell us. I've genuinely enjoyed my dslite and i will probably jump on whatever is the next hardware revision of the 3ds. Mostly because it allows me to get my RPG fix. Seems this round of the console wars, rpg's were really scarce. Alot of Japanese game companies didn't want to risk not getting their return on investment. Also the ds introduced me to a different side of gaming that i never even thought i would enjoy. Their are many of titles that read like graphic novels mixed in with challenging puzzles like "time hollow" and "999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors" These are the kinda things i want to see coming to smartphones right away since its all touch interface they can spend less time working on interface and creating a truly inspiring story. Graphics aren't the defining factor of a great game its just adds to the experience. So I'll end this semi rant challenging developers to create something truly different and inspiring. Something that cant be played on traditional consoles. Make use of your touchscreens for more then just basic swiping and slashing. If they do that they should be able to solidify smart phones as the defacto mobile gaming standard. (pardon any and all errors xD)
  • mwarner1 - Friday, November 11, 2011 - link

    I understood that Hummingbird used the PowerVR SGX 540?
  • tipoo - Sunday, November 13, 2011 - link

    A grand total of two lines into the article - "Its previous flagship, Hummingbird, used a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU"


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