Multimedia processing from ARM
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mali Developer Center is a web portal hosting a wealth of developer tools and resources nurtured by the Mali Ecosystem, a comprehensive community of graphics industry players. The Center is helping developers achieve shorter time-to-market and supporting application development for Mali GPUs.
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.