The use of tablets, smartphones and smart-TVs by consumers has increased considerably. As a result, consumers expect improvised visual computing on their smartphones, tablets and smart-TVs with seamless access to their digital world and personal content as time advances.
In an effort to provide dramatically improved user experience for tablets, ARM (News - Alert) – a provider of semiconductor IP – has launched the second generation of its Mali-T600 Series graphics processing units (GPU), which feature Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC) texture compression technique that increase the performance of the devices by 50 percent.
The second generation of the Mali-T600 Series includes three GPUs: the Mali-T624, Mali-T628 and Mali-T678. The Mali-T624 and Mali-T628 GPUs provide advanced graphics and GPU compute to smartphones and smart-TVs, while the Mali-T678 has been optimized to address the demands of the rapidly growing tablet market.
The ASTC has been incorporated into the Mali-T600 Series for increased GPU performance and battery life, and supports a very wide range of pixel formats and bit rates.
Based on the Mali Midgard architecture, each of the second-generation Mali-T600 Series GPUs feature a 50-percent performance increase compared to first generation Mali-T600 products on the same silicon process.
This increase has also been facilitated by a combination of frequency improvements, such as optimizing the register transfer level (RTL) for increased performance, extended battery life and micro-architectural improvements, so that graphics are executed more efficiently.
These improvements in the GPUs have enabled an always-on, always-connected experience to consumers.
The Mali-T624 GPU and Mali-T628 both offer advanced graphical displays for advanced consumer applications, such as 3D graphics, visual computing and real-time photo editing for smartphones and smart-TVs.
The Mali-T624 GPU offers scalability from one to four cores, while the Mali-T628 from one to eight cores.
The ARM Mali-T678 GPU offers fourfold increased GPU performance compared with the Mali-T624 GPU through features such as increased ALU support.
In addition, it enables for energy-efficient high-end visual computing applications, such as computational photography, multi perspective views and augmented reality.
According to ARM, all products are designed to support the following APIs: OpenGL ES 1.1, OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL ES 3.0, DirectX 11 FL 9_3, DirectX 11, OpenCL 1.1 Full Profile and Google (News - Alert) Renderscript compute.
"The newly announced Mali-T600 series is essential for graphic performance improvement, and also for the future strategy of GPU computing," Mitsugu Naito, executive vice president of IP and technology development unit, Fujitsu (News - Alert) Semiconductor Limited, said in a statement. "Through our Subscription License with ARM for ARM IP products, we are able to share our product roadmap and deliver ARM based platform SoC promptly to our customers.”
Added Naito: “The new Mali-T600 series will be added to our SoC development platform portfolio and we plan to adopt the Mali-T600 series into our products as a key IP solution to enable improved GPU computing."
UBM Electronics and ARM together announced the ARMTechCon 2012 event to be held on October 30, 2012 to November 1, 2012. The conference is focused on designs for next-generation smart, connected devices.
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