Annual Report and Accounts 2010


Chinhyun Kim, vice president of System LSI SOC Development at Samsung Electronics, on their adoption of ARM’s Mali 3D graphics processor technology

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies, employing approximately 174,000 people in 66 countries.

Samsung is proud to have been amongst the pioneering companies who first adopted ARM technology, signing an initial processor licence in 1994. Samsung has worked closely with ARM’s R&D teams since and gone on to utilise most of the major ARM Product families to the present day.

Both companies share a common interest in the development of low-power, high-performance processor technologies through on-going investments in innovation. Samsung benefits from ARM’s investment in advanced architecture and software, as well as from the contributions of ARM’s rich ecosystem of partner companies.

Samsung announced the licensing of ARM’s Mali 3D graphics processor family in February 2010, which represents the start of a long-term close collaboration on graphics technology. The first Samsung SoC (System-on-Chip) product which utilises the Mali graphics processor was announced in Q3 2010.

Samsung chose Mali 3D graphics processor for SoCs that require high performance graphics capability. By leveraging the close coupling of the ARM processor and graphics processor technologies, Samsung believes that Mali graphics technology will deliver advanced low-power graphics solutions.

The integration of 3D graphics processor IP into an advanced SoC requires a complete solution from the IP supplier, including high quality deliverables such as a full suite of software and tools, timely and accurate technical support, and effective training for design engineers. Samsung believes ARM, as has been demonstrated in their past success in CPU technology, can provide all of these solutions for 3D technology as well.

Samsung is pleased with this extension to the 16-year-strong partnership with ARM, and wishes to continue the close collaboration between the two companies to create ever more advanced low-power, high performance SoC solutions for various market segments.