Imagination Technologies–a company that has been “inside Apple” over the years–has announced that its latest PowerVR SDK (software developer kit) is at version 3.2. The launch coincided with the Imagination Developers Connection 2013 (idc2013), a series of events designed to help the mobile developer community get the most out of PowerVR-based platforms by using the tools and utilities included in the PowerVR Graphics SDK to their full potential.
Says Bryce Johnstone, senior marketing manager for ecosystems for Imagination: “At Imagination, we are focusing our efforts on providing the best cross-platform profiling and debugging utilities for developers looking to create applications targeting our PowerVR GPUs and MIPS CPUs. The newly-added functionality, examples and documentation for the recently-released PowerVR Graphics SDK provide unique, valuable resources that position our graphics development environment as the leading solution for graphics development in mobile.”
The PowerVR Graphics SDK v3.2 includes examples for the OpenGL ES 2.0 extensions that highlight advanced functionality for PowerVR Series5XT GPUs and OpenGL ES 3.0 examples showing 3D textures and efficient, real-time reflections and refractions. PVRTrace has been updated to support recording and playback for applications that render using multiple threads and/or windows. Additionally, PVRTrace now implements a static call analysis feature which automatically identifies incorrect application programming interface (API) use and potential performance problems, helping developers save precious time. Powerful new additions to PVRTune include enhanced profiling for PowerVR Series6 GPUs, OpenCL support and API timing data, allowing developers to better profile their apps.
Detailed information about the new PowerVR Graphics SDK v3.2 can be found on the PowerVR developer’s blog. The PowerVR Graphics SDK includes tutorials, source code, extensive documentation, platform abstraction frameworks and a highly integrated suite of tools. Developers can join the popular PowerVR Insider community, download the SDK for free and interact with the community through developer forums at www.powervrinsider.com.