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The ARM® Mali™-T720 GPU is the first offering in the Mid-Range GPU series which has its origins in the Midgard Architecture. It is an extremely area-efficient GPU designed specifically to bring high quality, energy efficient GPU Compute graphics features to the low- to mid- range Android™ mobile market. With a reduced die-area and simplified layout compared to the ARM Mali-T600 series, the ARM Mali-T720 GPU proposes a significantly decreased time-to-market without compromising on graphical performance.

The ARM Mali-T720 is a cost-optimized version of the ARM Mali-T600 family of GPUs designed to bring GPU Compute functionality to low- to mid-range Android smartphones, tablets and DTVs. The ARM Mali-T720 GPU increases energy efficiency by 150% and graphics performance by more than 50% over previous Mali cost-optimized, mid-range graphics processors.

Advancements to the Midgard family’s routing density, top-level layout and layering have significantly reduced the ARM Mali-T720 GPU’s die-area, implementation effort and cost, making it the ideal GPU for the fast-moving entry-level smartphone market where low-cost and time -to -market are essential for success. Targeted specifically at the Android market, the ARM Mali-T720 GPU simplifies implementation effort even further by offering optimized API support* for OpenGL® ES 3.1/3.0/2.0/1.0 and RenderScript.

It maintains compatibility with software development assets of the Midgard architecture including the trusted and stable ARM Mali GPU DDK, which is provided under the standard ARM commercial licence to all ARM Mali GPU customers.

ARM POP™ IP for the Mali-T720 will be made available to further decrease time to market and improve the dependability of your product. ARM POP IP is core-hardening acceleration technology for producing the best ARM processor implementations in the fastest time to market with the flexibility to optimize for maximum performance, lowest power, or any combination in between.

*Product is based on a published Khronos Specification, and is expected to pass the Khronos Conformance Testing Process. Current conformance status can be found at www.khronos.org/conformance.

Mali-T720 MP8

Feature Value Description
Frequency 650MHz in 28nm HPM
Throughput 650Mtri/s, 5.2Gpix/s in 28nm HPM

Feature Value Description
Anti-Aliasing 4xFSAA
4x Full Scene Anti-Aliasing (FSAA) with minimal performance drop
API Support OpenGL® ES 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1,
OpenCL™ 1.1,
DirectX® 11 FL9_3,
Full support for next-generation and legacy2D/3D graphics applications
Bus Interface AMBA®4
Compatible with a wide range of bus interconnect and peripheral IP
L2 Cache Configurable
32kB for MP1 configuration
64kB-128 kB for MP2 configurations
128kB-256kB for MP3 or bigger configurations
Memory System Virtual Memory Built-in Memory Management Unit (MMU) to support virtual memory
Multi-Core Scaling 1 to 8 cores Optimized for high area and energy efficiency to address the mass mobile market requirements
Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression
Low dynamic range (LDR) and high dynamic range (HDR). Supports both 2D and 3D images ASTC offers a number of advantages over existing texture compression schemes by improving image quality, reducing memory bandwidth and thus energy use
Transaction Elimination 16x16 pixel block size Transaction Elimination spots the identical pixel blocks between two consecutive render targets and performs a partial update to the frame buffer with the changed pixel blocks only, which reduces memory bandwidth and thus energy

Mali Developer Resources
Deploying graphics applications and content on Mali-T720 based systems is greatly eased by the wide range of 3rd party development tools, middleware and existing demonstration applications along with the wide availability of Mali-T720 development boards.
Shader Authoring Tools Shader Development Studio, Offline Shader Compiler and Shader Library
Performance Analysis DS-5 Streamline
Texture Compression Tool Compressing textures to reduce system load
User Interface Engine A rich framework to develop OpenGL ES 2.0 User Interfaces and applications
Asset Conditioning Tool Conditioning graphics assets to improve the application performance
OpenGL® ES 1.1 Emulator Enabling developers to develop and test their OpenGL ES 1.1 applications ahead of hardware availability
OpenGL ES 2.0 Emulator Enabling developers to develop and test their OpenGL ES 2.0 applications ahead of hardware availability
Processor IP
Cortex-A5 The smallest, lowest power ARM multicore processor capable of delivering the Internet to the widest possible range of devices: from ultra low cost handsets, feature phones and smart mobile devices, to pervasive embedded, consumer and industrial devices.
Cortex-A7 The ARM Cortex-A7 MPCore processor is the most efficient application processor ARM has ever developed and dramatically extends ARM's low-power leadership in future entry level smart phones, tablets and other advanced mobile devices.
Cortex-A9 Available as either a single core or configurable multicore processor, the Cortex-A9 processor can scale across a wide variety of applications making it an ideal solution for designs requiring high performance in low power or thermally constrained cost-sensitive devices.
System IP
System IP provides the interconnect and peripheral components enabling Mali-T720 to deliver its full performance potential within energy efficient SoC designs.
AMBA AXI Interconnect and Peripherals System IP generators, level-2 cache control, memory controllers and peripherals compatible with the AMBA AXI standard.
Physical IP
Physical IP Platforms deliver process optimized IP, for best-in-class implementations of the Mali-T720 graphics processor at 90 nm, 65 nm and below.
Standard Cell Logic Libraries Available in a variety of different architectures ARM Standard Cell Libraries support a wide performance range for all types of SoC designs. Designers can choose between different libraries and optimize their designs for speed, power and/or area.
Memory Compilers and Registers A broad array of silicon proven SRAM, Register File and ROM memory compilers for all types of SoC designs ranging from performance critical to cost sensitive and low power applications.
Interface Libraries A broad portfolio of silicon-proven Interface IP designed to meet varying system architectures and standards. General Purpose I/O, Specialty I/O, High Speed DDR and Serial Interfaces are optimized to deliver high data throughput performance with low pin counts.

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