In the specifications of Apple iPhone5s, you will find GPU detail as PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics) and on LG G Pad II 8.0 LTE, you will get GPU detail as Adreno 305. Let us know, what is GPU and how it differ from CPU and Chipset.
Till the last year, speed and performance became the key decision maker to choose the best smartphone from the market. Speed and performance is directly related to the CPU and chipset of the device. In the other word, CPU was the primary preference of gadget freaks.
Time has been changing rapidly and company’s innovations lead the human imaginations. Branding and new technology change the mind of geeks for more. Now GPU became the key decision maker for smartphones and other visual media gadgets buyers for HD graphics and games.
GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)
A dedicated integrated circuit designed to boost the image output in a frame buffer intended for output to a display is called GPU.
GPUs are a requisite part of the chipsets and its performance is becoming increasingly important because of the HD, UHD video graphics and games.
Divergent of CPU
There is a big difference in CPU and GPU functions. A CPU works for sequential serial processing while a GPU has a colossal parallel architecture consisting of thousands of smaller, more methodical cores designed for handling multiple tasks simultaneously. GPUs are very efficient at manipulating computer graphics and are generally more effective than general-purpose CPUs for algorithms where processing of large blocks of data is done in parallel.
Application performance of GPU to display any picture or video is controlled by its compute-intensive segment. And the other offloadings excluding graphics, simultaniosly run on CPU.
From the user perspective, the pages response (offload) rapidly because of this simultaneous execution
Who are the potential GPU market players?
Adreno series are the most popular series of GPUs in smartphone segment, which is introduced by Qualcomm. According to John Peddie Research, Qualcomm has over 42% of the total market for personal mobile devices. MediaTek capture23% while Apple covers 13% market. Rest captured by Samsung, Intel, AMD & NVIDIA.
In other portable media segment, NVIDIA and AMD are the top GPU manufacturers. Mercury Research, PC components market research firm, has released its quarterly report and it shows some very interesting figures for both graphics cards giants, NVIDIA and AMD.
The upcoming GPU suppliers with impressive design wins to their credit are Intel (proprietary GPU) and Nvidia (proprietary GPU). Qualcomm however, is the giant in the industry.
Unabating maturation of GPU segment
Due to the increasing demand of GPU enabled portable media, GPU market has boosted. GPU (or graphics processing unit) business is a major revenue generator for NVIDIA. The company stated that the revenue from gaming-focused graphics chips grew 38% year-over-year on account of “continued strength of UHD videos and gaming users.”