Graphics and Multimedia

The ARM® Mali series of processors offers a complete multimedia solution for your SoC. Our industry-leading, scalable IP for graphics, video and display is able to drive the ultimate visual experience across a wide range of devices, scaling from entry-level mass market smartphones through to visually stunning, high-performance smartphones, Android OS-based tablets and SmartTVs.  ARM's imaging and computer vision IP brings next-generation camera and display technologies to consumer and embedded devices.        


ARM Mali GPU IP 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.

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Mali Video processors provide advanced video technology combined with power-efficiency and one of the smallest chip sizes in the market to offer creators of mass market mobile devices support for a wide range of video technologies. Designed to scale from 1080p60 on a single core to 4k120 on the full eight cores, all variations offer stunning HD visual quality to end users.

Video processors:

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As the resolution and quality of displays increase, efficient processing of the display output becomes even more important in a media system. Having a dedicated display processor that not only controls output to the screen but also enables the GPU to offload basic tasks such as multi-layer composition or image post-processing improves visual quality and reduces overall SoC power consumption.

Display processors:

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ARM Mali Technologies have been developed to allow ever increasing graphics complexity within the thermal limits of mobile devices. The technologies provide significant system-wide bandwidth savings across all formats to ensure that end-users are able to experience the latest in graphics quality on any device.

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Geomerics, an ARM company, delivers cutting-edge graphics middleware to the games and entertainment industry. Enlighten, its scalable global illumination solution, redefines the way lighting is handled in game engines.

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Imaging and computer vision

Through the acquisition of Apical, ARM is able to provide cutting-edge imaging and computer vision IP that is based on fundamental research into human vision and visual processing. The technology enables electronic devices to capture visual inputs and produce high quality user viewing experiences, and increasingly to understand and learn from their environments, just like we do. ARM Assertive Camera and Assertive Display IP powers many cameras and displays today, from smartphones to embedded and IoT devices.

Why ARM in Multimedia

The Mali family includes the High Performance GPU Roadmap® which is designed specifically to bring the highest levels of performance to premium devices with a particular emphasis on maintaining energy efficiency. In addition, the High Area Efficiency GPU roadmap focuses on delivering high quality graphics within the smallest possible area, and the Ultra-Low Power roadmap offers high quality graphics within an extremely low power budget for extended device battery-life. The ARM Mali Video processors also adhere to these values, offering a high-performance, low-bandwidth technology that scales to deliver protected video to a wide range of smartphones, tablets and SmartTVs. This has subsequently been joined by the ARM Mali Display processors, which offer content protection from download to display at significantly lower SoC bandwidth consumption.

When the graphics, video and display processors are implemented altogether in an SoC, ARM architectural benefits such as AFBC and Transaction Elimination come into their own and offer exceptional bandwidth savings. Software integration effort can also be reduced as each processor’s Android driver will work efficiently with any other ARM driver straight out of the box. This optimized Android multimedia stack addresses universally resource-consuming challenges such as integrating and optimizing processors from different suppliers or supporting regular Android updates. By taking advantage of ARM’s pre-optimized software stack, partners have more time to differentiate their solutions and bring their product to market sooner.