Last Friday at the CES show in Las Vegas a new graphics chip was announced by the company who provides the chip for every iPhone. The HD-capable chip, the PowerVR SGX545 GPU has full OpenCL and OpenGL 3.2 support and can render 40 million polygons per second at 200MHz. Rumour has it that this chip will be found in the new iPhone 4G, this of course all makes sense as Apple market the iPod Touch and iPhone as both gaming devices and this would certainly make for some interesting games.
The PowerVR SGX545 GPU not only has HD-Capablity but also supports multithreading, so to enhance the performance it could me installed along side a multi-core CPU such as the ARM Cortex-A9, which is rumoured to be in the next generation of the iPhone.
Combining our many years of experience in the embedded, mobile and PC-based DirectX graphics worlds, PowerVR SGX 545 takes the possibilities of hand-held graphics to a new level by delivering a full DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.x feature set as well as delivering GPU powered OpenCL heterogeneous parallel processing capabilities for the mobile and embedded markets. This makes PowerVR SGX545 a compelling solution for application processor SoC designers targeting the next generation of netbook and MID mobile products demanding exceptional graphics capabilities.
So we will be seeing a multi-core HD iPhone? Only time will tell.
ZodTTD today released his N64 emulator for the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3G, a while before expected. A 14-year-old developer had begun work on a N64 emulator, slated for release in Spring but ZodTTD beat him to it.
It is a port of mupen64plus along with Ari64’s ARM Dynarec, and Adventus / Orkin’s OpenGLES GPU. Since the graphics processing unit (GPU) code is written with the OpenGL ES 2.0 specification, it limits the devices able to be used to the iPhone 3gs and iPod Touch 3rd Gen as of the current Apple lineup.
The current version sports:
- Support for the Wii Remote via Bluetooth;
- Emulation dynarec fast CPU;
- Emulation of sound;
- Download the ROM of games from the same;
- Using Open GL libraries | ES 2.0;
- Supports ROM:. N64 and. Z64 and archives. Zip and. Gz
n64iPhone is available now from Cydia.
N64 iPhone Emulator Coming in Spring 2010
Apple released the iPhone OS & SDK 3.1 Beta yesterday. Here’s a list of what people have found to be changed so far:
– MMS is now enabled by default (Still not supported by AT&T).
– A “Fraud Protection” toggle is now available in Safari settings.
– Voice Control over Bluetooth is now available, allowing users to Initiate calls and control music playback via Bluetooth headsets.
– iPhone startup and shutdown and app launching times have improved.
– Trimming video clips on the iPhone 3GS now offers the ability to save the edited version as a copy rather than simply overwriting the original file.
– New APIs allow developers of third-party application to access and edit videos.
– iPhone vibrates when rearranging Home screen icons.
– OpenGL and Quartz have seen improvements.