Next Gen iPhone, iPad May Use Rogue Video Chip

Apple’s next generation iPhone and iPad may get a performance boost from Imagination Technologies and its new PowerVR Series6 GPU, code named “Rouge.” The company already supplies the GPU chips for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

iPhone and iPadThe next iPhone and iPad may get another video performance boost

Imagination Technologies unveiled the Rogue GPU on Wednesday, touting Texas Instruments, ST-Ericsson and MediaTek, along with three as yet unnamed companies, as licensees. Apple may well be among the three companies that haven’t been publicly disclosed yet.

The Rogue GPU “delivers unrivalled GFLOPS per mm2 and per mW for all APIs,” according to the company, and is backwards compatible with the PowerVR SGZ GPU that’s currently used in the iPhone and iPad.

Since licensing has just been announced, don’t expect to see the new GPU showing up in Apple’s mobile products any time this year. Assuming Apple will be using the PowerVR Series6 GPU, it will more likely find its way into the iPhone and iPad some time in 2012.