Next Generation iPhone May Come With Photo-Realistic 3D Graphics

News | Wednesday December 15 2010 10:57 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , ,

Imagination Technologies, a UK based video chip manufacturing company, has completed an acquisition deal that could pave the way forward for enhanced 3D imagery on
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The company has announced that it has acquired Caustic Graphics for $27 million. Caustic Graphics owns technology that is capable of rendering cinema-quality 3D graphics to mobile phones.
. In addition to this, it is also worth noting that Apple holds close to a 9.5% stake in the company.
Speaking about what this acquisition could mean for Imagination as well as its partners, the company’s PR Director David Harold told
“Well, we don’t want to tip our hand but this acquisition opens up the potential for highly photorealistic imagery to reach new real-time applications and markets, including consumer, not possible previously, via its integration with POWERVR, which is the de facto standard for mobile and embedded graphics.
may already be in its final stages of development, we do not expect the new technology acquired from Caustic Graphics to be made available on the upcoming model of iPhone . However, it is quite likely that Apple will bring the photo-realistic 3D graphics technology to future iPhones. Enhancing media capabilities of smartphone devices has been one of the prime focus areas for companies like Apple in recent years and this new technology will give Cupertino a competitive edge in its fight against competition.
Incidentally, Imagination Technologies also supplies video chips to companies like Samsung for their digital camera business. It will be interesting to see if Samsung would also incorporate the photo-realistic 3D imagery technology on their upcoming models of Galaxy S smartphones.
What are your thoughts? Do you think such media focused technology enhancements is critical for the success of smartphones in the future? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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