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England's Imagination Technology, designer of the PowerVR MBX hardware that powers the iPhone and iPod Touch, has announced its latest and greatest graphics processor IP core, the PowerVR SGX543. The four-pipeline SGX543 is the first iteration of Imagination's fifth-generation Series5XT architecture and is "available in both …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Happy

    One for the netbooks or ...

    maybe even an Apple Mac netbook (McNetbook?)

  2. E

    HD means what?

    Doesn't HD mean 1080p or 720p? If so what good is HD on an iPhone with it's less than 720 pixel vertical resolution?

  3. Rik Myslewski
    Happy

    @E

    HD means what?

    How 'bout an external? And, while we're dreaming, how about a roll-up, flexible OLED?

  4. vincent himpe
    Stop

    not unless

    the iphone gets a 1920x1080 pixel 32 bit color display and a whopping magnifying glass....

  5. John

    A Mac Tablet using the iPhone OS maybe

    Personally I would love one of these as I use my iPhone for casual web surfing and email but things like books and reading documents is a bit fiddly.

    With a larger screen (screens that could be driven by this) it would really be a sweet little device. Maybe nothing more than a niche but very cool.

    That said I suspect this will be mostly for games on the "next" iPhone.

    btw - check out the Palm Pre, finally it looks like the iPhone has competition.

  6. jubtastic1

    Re: not unless

    Or a new Dock with a Display port and magsafe power port so you can hook it up to one of those new 24" Cinema Displays, enable a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you have a Desktop computer for home / office tasks that's a phone when you're out and about.

    Don't think this will happen until the competition catches up though.

  7. Farai
    Go

    Well...

    they'll probably do that iPhone-into-the-side-of-a-cinema_display trick and you'll carry your iPhone around as your low-powered mobile compute device...

    The OpenCL would ensure that it responds pretty well and handle most low-power tasks thrown at it. Combine that with MobileMe and iWork.com, and you're fully connected and mobile.

  8. deadbeef

    Apples answer to Nvidia Tegra chip?

    I suspect that this is something to compete with Nvidia's Tegra chip with HDMI to a HD display.

    http://wmpoweruser.com/?p=1324

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