ARM to use PowerVR 2 technology
3D graphics for mobiles
Chip designer Imagination Technology has signed a deal with ARM Holdings to get its PowerVR 2 graphics chip it developed integrated into future ARM designed processors.
Imagination hopes this will mean its 3D graphics chip design will end up in three-quarters of the world's mobile phones and TV set-top boxes.
The deal comes in the nick of time as Imagination looks likely to suffer on the news that Sega could shelve Dreamcast production. The Dreamcast uses the PowerVR 2 chip, but Imagination chief exec Hossein Yassaie has said the processor design can be used in set-top boxes if the console business ends.
Imagination is already working with UK set-top box builder Pace, and Sega is making an announcement on Monday 29 January about the Dreamcast living on as the basis for a new product being developed by Pace. ®