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.

Quick Facts

  • Mali-400 continues to be the highest shipping mobile GPU model
  • ARM Mali GPUs are #1 in SmartTVs & Android tablets
  • In over 20% of Android smartphones
  • Over 400 million ARM 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 12.2ARM Mali GPUs

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:

ARM Mali Midgard architecture (all of the above GPUs) support the extensions listed here.

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:

ARM Mali Utgard architecture (Mali-400 MP and Mali-450 MP) support the extensions listed here. And the ARM Mali Midgard architecture (Mali-T720, Mali-T820 and Mali-T830) supported extensions are here.

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

The Mali Video roadmap 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  variations will offer stunning HD visual and experiential quality to end users. The Mali-V550 is the first video IP solution to offer multi-standard codec, including HEVC, for both encode and decode on a single core.


Mali Display Roadmap


 The Mali display roadmap 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.The Mali-DP550 is the latest product on the display roadmap and offers additional features over the Mali-DP500, such as a coprocessor interface which enables third parties to incorporate their own display IP in the Mali-DP550 display pipeline.
With compatibility for ARM TrustZone® technology, the Mali display technologies secure the display path for use cases such as mobile payment and video playback. Crucially, when a Mali display processor 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  significantly reduces implementation effort while at the same time delivering best in class performance and maximized power efficiency.


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 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.