Multimedia - Graphics Processing from ARM

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 tablets and SmartTVs.

Multimedia Graphics Processing

Why ARM in Graphics?

The ARM Mali family of Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) scales from the Mid-Range Graphics Roadmap which has been cost-optimized for entry level devices up to the High-End Graphics Roadmap which has been designed specifically to bring the highest levels of performance to premium devices.  All the GPUs across both roadmaps maintain the core ARM principles – delivering high performance, industry-leading power efficiency and reduced system cost.

The ARM Mali Video Roadmap also adheres to these values, offering a high-performance, low-bandwidth unit that scales to deliver secure video to a wide range of smartphones, tablets and SmartTVs. This has been recently joined by the ARM Mali Display Roadmap, a highly functional processor which is able to significantly lower SoC bandwidth consumption whilst offering content security from download to display.

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.

Mali Quick Facts

  • Number 1 Android GPU IP supplier
  • In over 70% of DTVs
  • In over 50% of Android tablets
  • In over 20% of Android smartphones
  • Over 400 million units shipped in 2013

Mid-Range Graphics

ARM Mali Mid-Range GPUs are optimized to provide high-performance, energy-efficient graphics in the smallest possible silicon area. Including both graphics-only and graphics plus GPU Compute technology, ARM Mali Mid-Range GPUs offer a diverse selection of scalable solutions for low- to mid-range smartphones, tablets and DTVs.

Mali’s Mid-Range Graphics Roadmap includes:

Mali-T720 Mali-450 MP Mali-400 MP

High-End Graphics

With stunning graphics performance, ARM® Mali™ High-End GPUs bring GPU Compute functionality and energy efficiencies to advanced mobile and consumer devices. GPU Compute solutions enable each task to be executed on the most suitable processor within the system, spreading tasks over the GPU and CPU. The resultant efficiencies guarantee superior graphics performance and extended battery life. The ARM Mali High-End Graphics range is based on the Midgard Tri-pipe architecture and includes the ARM Mali-T760 GPU, ARM Mali-T628 GPU, ARM Mali-T624 GPU, ARM Mali-T678 GPUARM Mali-T622 GPU and ARM Mali-T604 GPU.

Mali’s High-End Graphics Roadmap includes:

Mali-T760 Mali-T628 Mali-T624

Mali-T678 Mali-T622 Mali-T604

Mali Video

The ARM Mali Video solution presents a broad range of performance capabilities combined with ARM’s system-wide approach to performance efficiency and security. The ARM Mali-V500 is the foundational product of the upcoming ARM Mali Video series.


Mali Display

As resolutions and display quality increase, display processing becomes even more important in a multimedia subsystem. 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 to a dedicated processor improves visual quality and reduces overall SoC power consumption. ARM Mali Display Processors are designed with three key benefits in mind: lowering system bandwidth, simplifying software integration and offering a secure display path. The ARM Mali-DP500 delivers these key differentiators whilst being a high functionality, small area image and video processing tool.

Mali-DP500 processor block diagram

Mali Technologies

ARM® Mali™ Technologies have been developed to allow increasingly more complex graphics within the power capacity and thermal limit of mobile devices. All formats provide significant system-wide bandwidth reductions to ensure that end-users are able to experience the latest in graphics quality on any device. Mali Technologies include Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC), ARM Frame Buffer Compression (AFBC), Transaction Elimination (TE) and Smart Composition.



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