PowerVR SGX543MP2 vs Adreno 220
PowerVR SGX543MP2 is a GPU provided by the Imagination Technologies. Imagination’s extended POWERVR Series5XT architecture provides the basis for the PowerVR SGX543MP2. In fact, it is their first GPU to use this architecture. Adreno 220 is a GPU developed by Qualcomm in 2011 and it is a component of the MSM8260 / MSM8660 SoC (System-on-Chip) powering the upcoming HTC EVO 3D, HTC Pyramid and Palm’s TouchPad tablets.
In 2011 Qualcomm introduced Adreno 220 GPU and it is a part of their MSM8260 /MSM8660 SoC. Adreno 220 supports 3D graphics with the quality of game consoles and high-end effects such as vertex skinning, post-processing shader effects and dynamic lighting for alpha blending both in full screen mode, simulating cloths in real-time, advanced shader effects (dynamic shadowing, god rays, bump mapping, reflections, etc.) and 3D texture animations. Adreno 220 GPU also claims that it has a processing speed up to 88 MTPS (million triangles/second), and this is equal to twice the amount of its predecessor’s (Adreno 205) processing power. Furthermore, Adreno 220 GPU is capable of increasing the performance to a level on par with console gaming systems. Also, Adreno 220 GPU makes it possible for displays with largest sizes to allow running games, UI, navigation apps and web browser with minimum levels of power.
As mentioned earlier, PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU is a product of Imagination Technologies. Imagination Technologies’s extended POWERVR Series5XT architecture provides the basis for PowerVR SGX543MP2. Imagination Technologies recently released a new series of SGX IP cores, which are based on the POWERVR Series5XT architecture, and PowerVR SGX543MP2 is the first in line. Number of pipelines in PowerVR SGX543MP2 is four and therefore it provides major improvements over the Series5 SGX architecture used in previous SGX IP cores. It provides support for comprehensive vector operations and capability of co-issue due to the usage of extended USSE instruction set. When PowerVR SGX543MP2 is used with applications which are shader-heavy, improvement in performance is high as 40%. Other notable improvements are in the areas of floating-point, removal of hidden surfaces, multi-sampling, anti-aliasing, OpenVG 1.x optimizations, handling color spaces, correction of gamma. Furthermore, cache and MMU performances are improved. An impressive real-world performance of 35 million polygons per second and 1 Gpixels per second fillrate at 200MHz is promised to be delivered by PowerVR SGX543MP2. In terms of HD 3D graphics, PowerVR SGX543MP2 has the capability to drive ultra smooth screens. According to Imagination Technologies, the 1st ever POWERVR SGX graphics IP core developed both as a single core and multi-processor system is claimed to be POWERVR SGX543.
What is the difference between PowerVR SGX543MP2 and Adreno 220?
Adreno 220 is a GPU developed by Qualcomm, while PowerVR SGX543MP2 is a GPU designed by the Imagination Technologies. Imagination’s extended POWERVR Series5XT architecture provides the basis for the PowerVR SGX543MP2. Separate benchmark tests performed by anandtech showed that both PowerVR SGX543MP2 and Adreno 220 outperform Nvidia’s Tegra 2 in performance. When considering the results of one of these tests (specifically the GLBenchmark 2.0 – Egypt), Apple ipad2 using the PowerVR SGX543MP2 records 44 frames per second, while MSM8660 using Adreno 220 records a frame rate of 38.4 (note that higher frame rate is better). But there is no report on direct benchmark comparisons done between PowerVR SGX543MP2 and Adreno 220.