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ARM new IP targets mid-range mobile devices

Posted: 04 Jun 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:POP IP  big.LITTLE processing  ARM Mali-T GPU  OpenGL ES 3.0 

ARM Holdings Ltd has released an improved IP solution that aims to power mid-range mobile devices. From 2015, the market for mid-range mobile devices is predicted to overtake the premium smartphone and tablet space.

The new suite of ARM IP is optimised for power, performance and die size, the company said. Used together, this suite of IP will provide consumers with premium features like virtualisation, big.LITTLE processing and GPU compute at mid-range price points, ARM boasted.

The suite extends the ARM Cortex-A processor and ARM Mali-T GPU series with the Cortex-A12 processor and Mali-T622 GPU and introduces a new video IP product, the Mali-V500. With support from ARM POP technology and the ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) toolchain, ARM partners can deliver smartphones and tablets with higher efficiency and reduced time to market. Partners will announce their plans in due course, but ARM expects this IP solution will be in mobile devices by mid-2014.

"Mobile users expect a range of devices at different price points and for a mid-range mobile experience to include some high end mobile features. With a billion smartphones predicted to ship in 2013 and tablets projected to out-ship notebook PCs, device-makers can now provide quality, high-performance mobile products with the features that matter the most, at a range of price points, said Ian Drew, chief marketing officer and executive vice president, ARM. The market is evolving at an amazing rate and there is now a choice of solutions for semiconductor companies and for mobile device-makers. Our suite of optimised IP expands the choice for the mid-range mobile market."

Mid-range phones get advanced features
The energy-saving technology known as ARM big.LITTLE processing is only just coming to high-end devices today, but now can be designed into mid-range smartphones, allowing users to do more with their devices. The Cortex-A12 processor offers ARM partners a 40 per cent performance uplift in the same power envelope when compared to the successful Cortex-A9 processor. The Cortex-A12 processor builds on best-in-class efficiency as a stand-alone solution and additionally supports the innovative big.LITTLE processing technology with the Cortex-A7 processor. The Cortex-A12 introduces features found in premium smartphones and tablets to mid-range devices, including virtualisation. Additional information for the Cortex-A12 processor can be found here.

The Mali-T622 GPU, is OpenGL ES 3.0 conformant, supports the Renderscript and OpenCL APIs, and is the smallest full profile GPU Compute solution available for mobile devices. The Mali-T622 GPU brings a rich, visual experience to mid-range mobile devices with functionality only now becoming available in the highest-end premium smartphones and tablets. It does all of this while providing a 50 per cent energy-efficiency improvement over first-generation Mali-T600 series products. A closer look at the Mali-T622 GPU can be found here.

The energy-efficient Mali-V500 video solution provides dedicated video processing and reduces system bandwidth requirements by more than 50 per cent compared to currently available solutions, ARM said. The Mali-V500 is a multi-core video solution, scaling from a single core capable of 1080p/60 encode and decode to multiple cores supporting ultra-high definition 4K at a blistering 120 frames per second. Additionally, the Mali-V500 video solution was architected with support for TrustZone security technology enabling efficient, hardware-backed security for movie and TV content from download to display.

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