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ATi To Sample GPU For Cell Phones

ATI has started sampling a graphics chip, the Imageon 2300, intended to be designed into mobile telephones where it can provide 3D graphics. THQ Wireless Inc. and Mascot Capsule, a subsidiary of Hi Corp. of Japan are working with ATI on the Imageon 2300 project. The media co-processor is currently sampling with mass production shipments expected to begin in the first quarter of 2004. The Imageon 2300 supports both 2D and 3D graphics, MPEG4 decode, video capture ports for camera sensors of up to two million pixels, a JPEG codec to compress and decompress images and an embedded frame buffer. The Imageon 2300 is compatible with the OpenGL ES rendering API, a royalty-free 3D API consisting of profiles of OpenGL, with ATI extensions to further improve rendering performance. To date, the most visible effort in bringing 3D to handsets has been the PowerVR MBX core developed by U.K. chip designer ARM and Imagination Technologies. The core is based on Imagination’s PowerVR rendering technology, earlier used in the Sega Dreamcast game console.

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