ARM launches new Mali graphics processors

The company's latest graphics capabilities are better equipped to handle mobile gaming, new user interfaces and video all while preserving power.

ARM on Monday rolled out a new series of Mali graphics processor units designed to cover a wider range of mobile devices, conserve power and deliver enough core diversity so partners can tailor devices to specific use cases.

The company's latest graphics capabilities are better equipped to handle mobile gaming, new user interfaces and video all while preserving power.

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According to Trina Watt, vice president of solutions marketing in ARM's media processing group, said that the segmentations between devices are becoming blurred. As a result, ARM's processors need to cover everything from entry level tablets to midrange smartphones to the border of high-end devices.

"Subsegmentations give us opportunities for diversification and multiple partners," said Watt. "The goal was to take Mali to the next level and scale up to the premium space while focusing on higher volume. Opening up innovation in the mainstream space has a great deal of potential."

ARM's new lineup, which will start appearing devices in late 2015 and beyond, covers the following:

  • Mali-T860 GPU: The processor and architecture is designed to run all the way to the premium category. The T860 is designed to deliver the best performance with the lowest energy consumption.
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  • Mali-T830 GPU: A midrange GPU that aims to deliver performance with a minimal silicon footprint.
  • Mali-T820 GPU: A low-end GPU with the smallest silicon area.

In addition, ARM launched the Mali-V550 multi-standard codec to encode and decode video on one core. There's also the Mali-DP550 co-processor interface that preserves power and bandwidth consumption while enabling third party customization of displays.

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