ARM® Mali™ media IP offers high performing, energy efficient media processing across a large and growing number of mobile and consumer devices, including entry-level mass market smartphones, visually stunning high-performance smartphones, Android™ OS-based tablets, SmartTVs and wearables.
- Mali-400 continues to be the highest shipping mobile GPU model
- Mali GPUs are #1 in SmartTVs & Android tablets
- In over 20% of Android smartphones
- Over 400 million Mali GPUs shipped in 2013, over double that in 2012
- Found in over 230 end devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3/10.1/PRO 12.2
ARM offers two families of products to ensure that there is a GPU suitable for any use case imaginable. The cost efficient family aims for market leading performance density and can be found in a wide range of wearables, DTVs, STBs and smartphones; the performance efficient family focuses on high performance graphics and delivery of the latest features within the power and thermal limits of mobile devices. It is found regularly driving the fantastic visual experience in market-leading tablets and superphones.
Performance Efficient Graphics Roadmap
For devices that not only need high performance graphics but can also benefit from the additional functionality offered by GPU Compute and the latest API support, the Mali-T600 and -T700 series of GPUs, based on the Midgard architecture, is the GPU IP of choice. The first in the series, the Mali-T604, entered the market in the shape of the Samsung Chromebook and the Google Nexus 10. It was the first GPU to bring graphics and GPU Compute functionality together for mobile devices. Mali-T628 based devices are also now available, most notably the Samsung Galaxy Note 3; and Mali-T760 based devices have just started shipping.
The following GPUs are within the performance efficient roadmap:
Cost Efficient Graphics Roadmap
Mali Cost Efficient solutions enable high-performance graphics in the smallest silicon area. With products based on both ARM’s Utgard and Midgard architecture, this roadmap offers both area efficient OpenGL ES 2.0 solutions and those that offer OpenGL ES 3.1 support combined with GPU Compute functionality, still within a lower area budget. The following GPUs belong to the cost efficient roadmap:
This range of products has enabled market-leading devices including the Samsung Galaxy SIII and LG SmartTV, as well as a wide range of mass market smartphones and Android tablets.
Mali Video Roadmap
Mali Display Roadmap
Mali Media System
All Mali GPUs benefit from an integrated software stack that provides long-term support of industry-standard APIs and ensures code compatibility across the range of architectural compliant GPUs.
ARM is in the unique position to provide an optimized compute platform that uses ARM Cortex® processors, Mali processors and ARM CoreLink™ CCI-400 technologies which enables a range of applications to be processed more efficiently when shared between the CPU and the GPU. This heterogeneous approach makes full use of the inherent capabilities of each system component to achieve the best possible balance of energy efficiency and performance.
Furthermore, bandwidth saving benefits are at their highest when implementing a complete ARM-based media system. Technologies such as ARM Frame Buffer Compression (AFBC) can reduce overall system level bandwidth by up to 50% when AFBC is supported across all IP blocks in the media system; this is joined by further innovations such as Transaction Elimination, Smart Composition and Motion Search Elimination.
Mali GPUs are complemented by the Mali Ecosystem, a comprehensive community of graphics industry players, which is helping developers achieve shorter time-to-market and supporting application development for Mali GPUs.