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ARM Mali GPUs Achieve Industry-Firsts With Khronos OpenGL ES 2.0 Conformance For 1080p and Multicore

16 June 2009

WHAT:  ARM® Mali™ graphics processing units (GPUs) demonstrate technology leadership in graphics acceleration through conformance to the Khronos OpenGL ES 2.0 API with two industry milestones.  The Mali-200 graphics processing unit was the first GPU to comply at resolutions up to 1080p in July 2008, and the Mali-400 MP GPU is now the first and only multicore GPU to pass the rigorous tests specified by The Khronos Group.

The Mali-400 GPU has achieved Khronos conformance for all of the three major graphics APIs required by ARM Partners: OpenVG, OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0. 

ARM is dedicated to the support of open standards in order to accelerate market adoption.  Conformance to the Khronos standards brings accredited Mali GPUs to multiple markets – from cellular handsets and personal navigation devices to digital TV, set-top box and digital picture frames.

About ARM Mali Complete Graphics Stack
ARM delivers the most widely adopted graphics IP solutions, with 29 licensees, including 21 licensees of Mali GPUs.  ARM is the only vendor to provide the full range of graphics solutions, from Mali-55 - the world’s smallest OpenGL ES graphics processor, to Mali-400 MP – the highest-performance embedded multicore GPU IP on the market which supports complex applications at up to 1080p high-definition resolution.  The Mali family of GPUs thereby addresses the widest range of performance points for all embedded graphics needs.

A complete stack of Mali graphics middleware and drivers complements the Mali GPU family, and this suite of products is supported by a graphics ecosystem that harnesses the reach and power of the ARM Connected Community™.

This diverse offering enables ARM to lead in conformance to numerous open standards and confirms the company’s unique position as a world-class supplier of the complete range of hardware and software graphics IP, enabling application developers and device manufacturers to create competitive and cutting-edge designs.

For more information, please visit http://www.arm.com/products/multimedia/graphics.

WHY:  The Khronos Group OpenGL ES 2.0 Conformance Tests, announced in May 2008, verify the OpenGL ES 2.0 API and its companion shader programming language, GLSL ES. Only once these tests are passed can a product be described as OpenGL ES 2.0 conformant. 

WHEN:   The Mali-400 MP GPU achieved conformance to OpenVG, OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 on April 30, 2009.  The Mali-200 GPU achieved conformance on July 12, 2008.

HOW: For more information about The Khronos Group and its conformance tests, please visit http://www.khronos.org/.

WHO: ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.

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