The ARM® Mali™ series of GPUs offers high performing, energy efficient graphics 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.

Quick Facts

  • 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 12.2Mali devices 2

ARM offers two families of products to ensure that there is a GPU suitable for any use case imaginable. The Mid-Range family aims for market leading performance density and can be found in a wide range of wearables, DTVs, STBs and smartphones; the High-End family focuses on high performance graphics and delivery of the latest features and is found regularly driving the fantastic visual experience in market-leading tablets and superphones.

Mid-Range Graphics Roadmap

MID RANGE ROADMAP

ARM Mali Mid-Range solutions are primarily based on the Utgard architecture which enables high-performance graphics in the smallest silicon area. However, the ARM Mali-T720, a GPU of the Midgard architecture, enabled this roadmap to offer GPU Compute functionality and OpenGL® ES 3.0 support, still within a lower area budget. The following GPUs belong to the Mid-Range 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.

 

High-End Graphics Roadmap

MALI GPU HIGH END 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 due in 2014.

ARM has expanded the High-End GPU roadmap with increasingly advanced GPUs, each one improving upon the last. The following GPUs are within the High-End roadmap:

 

Mali within an SoC

All ARM 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.

Mali Video Engine

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Mali Video offers advanced video technology combined with power-efficiency and one of the smallest chip sizes in the market to creators of mass-market mobile devices. Designed to scale from 1080p60 on a single core to 4k120 on the full eight cores, all Mali-V500 variations will offer stunning HD visual and experiential quality to end users. The ARM Mali-V500 is the initial offering in the innovative Mali Video roadmap and offers multi-standard codec support.

Mali Display Processor

Mali Display Processor The ARM Mali-DP500 offers an extensive range of functionality, including composition, rotation and scaling, within a very small die area. By processing tasks offloaded from the GPU and through its support for ARM Frame Buffer Compression (AFBC) it is able to considerably lower system-wide power consumption. With compatibility for ARM TrustZone® technology, the ARM Mali-DP500 secures the display path for use cases such as mobile payment and video playback. Crucially, when an ARM Mali-DP500 is implemented in a complete ARM-based SoC, the Android driver for each processor will, by design, work together extremely efficiently; this highly optimized multimedia software stack significantly reduces implementation effort while at the same time delivering best in class performance and maximized power efficiency.

 

Mali Ecosystem

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.

Mali Ecosystem diagram