The graphics processor in Apple’s upcoming iPhone could have been based on Imagination’s new PowerVR Series8XT GT8525. Instead, the two vendors are locked in an open battle, and Imagination is threatening legal action against Apple, which is developing a homegrown GPU.
The last few months haven’t been smooth for Imagination Technologies, which this month said it was planning to sell its MIPS and Ensigma processor businesses. Apple likely won’t be a customer for the new Series8XT GPU, which is based on the Furian architecture. But the company’s PowerVR GPUs are used in many low-cost and mid-range phones.
The GT8525 is targeted at high-end smartphones, automotive computers, set-top boxes, and smart devices. It is the first new GPU design in the Series8XT line, succeeding the Series7XT, which powers graphics in Apple’s iPhone 7.