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The ARM® Mali-DP500 offers an extensive range of functionality, including composition, rotation and scaling, within a very small die area. By processing tasks offloaded from the GPU and through its support for ARM Frame Buffer Compression (AFBC) it is able to considerably lower system-wide power consumption. With compatibility for ARM TrustZone® technology, the ARM Mali-DP500 secures the display path for use cases such as mobile payment and video playback. Crucially, when an ARM Mali-DP500 is implemented in a complete ARM-based SoC, the Android driver for each processor will, by design, work together extremely efficiently; this highly optimized multimedia software stack significantly reduces implementation effort while at the same time delivering best in class performance and maximized power efficiency.

When ARM supplies an ARM Mali-DP500, we supply the intelligent ARM Mali Display DDK as well. The ARM Mali Display DDK utilizes unique architectural features in ARM Mali GPU and Video IP, such as AFBC and Transaction Elimination, and makes smart decisions about when and how to offload tasks from the GPU in order to maximize the battery life of the device. When designing an ARM-based SoC with an ARM Cortex® CPU and ARM Mali GPUVideo and Display, each processor’s Android driver will work efficiently with any of the other drivers 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.

In addition, the ARM Mali-DP500 is an incredibly energy efficient display processor. Not only does its high functionality enable the GPU or CPU to offload tasks such as composition and scaling onto a dedicated processor, it also fully supports AFBC. AFBC is an ARM technology which, when implemented across the SoC, results in 50% less system-wide bandwidth consumption than a SoC without AFBC. ARM Mali processors with support for AFBC include the ARM Mali-T760 GPU and the ARM Mali-V500.

The ARM Mali-DP500’s level of secure technology support is unique in today’s market.  Consumers need confidence in their displays for situations such as mobile payments. For this reason the ARM Mali-DP500 has a secure display layer which is only programmable by a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). It is compatible with ARM TrustZone Ready Client and GlobalPlatform Trusted User Interface which ensures that in payment situations the secure screen is always on top and protected from software attacks. In addition, hardware backed security is becoming a critical requirement of content vendors in order for consumers to watch high value content on their mobile devices. For secure video playback from download to display, the ARM Mali-DP500 is compatible with ARM TrustZone Media Protection security requirements which ensure that unencrypted content is not accessible by the high level OS and that it is only ever written to protected memory.

Features Description
Implementation Single Engine, Single Display or Dual Engine, Dual Display.
Compatible with VESA, CEA, HDMI and MIPI DPI.
Compatibility Optimized to work alongside ARM Mali GPUs and Video Processors. Can process simple tasks offloaded from the GPU.
Bandwidth Reduction AFBC support enables system-wide bandwidth reduction of up to 50%.
Security Content is hardware protected right to the glass. The ARM Mali-DP500 comes with a TrustZone secure layer for secure payment and is compatible with ARM TrustZone Ready Client 2, GlobalPlatform™ Trusted User Interface and TrustZone Media Protection.
Composition Able to compose multiple alpha-blended layers.
Scaling Scaling on the display processor reduces CPU/GPU power consumption. The Mali-DP500 supports high quality up-scaling and down-scaling in any ratio and both horizontally and vertically.
Resolution Up to 4K with high colour depth. 12 bit display out is supported.
Rotation 90°, 180° and 270° rotation is supported along with cropping.
Picture Quality With colour enhancements, single pixel accuracy for smooth window transitions and horizontal and vertical edge sharpening.
3D Support 3D video is supported.
Input / Output Wide range of input and output formats supported.

Mali Developer Resources
The Mali Developer Center provides a wide range of third party development tools, middleware and existing demonstration applications to assist in the deployment of graphics applications and content on Mali-DP500 based systems.
Software Development
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Performance Analysis
Processor IP
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-A8 The ARM Cortex-A8 processor has the ability to scale in speed from 600MHz to greater than 1GHz, meeting the requirements for power-optimized mobile devices needing operation in less than 300mW and performance-optimized consumer applications requiring 2000 Dhrystone MIPS.
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.
Cortex-A15 The Cortex-A15 MPCore processor delivers a 5x performance improvement over today's advanced smartphone processors, within a comparable energy footprint.
Cortex-A17 The ARM Cortex-A17 processor is the most efficient mid-range solution targeted at smartphones and tablets and delivers today's premium user experience in tomorrow's mid-range mobile and consumer devices.
Cortex-A57 / Cortex-A53 The Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors are the first processors to be based on the ARMv8 architecture extending the performance of 32-bit processing and introducing the world's most energy-efficient 64-bit technology.
System IP
System IP provides the interconnect and peripheral components that enable Mali-DP500 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.
TrustZone and TrustZone Controllers ARM TrustZone® technology is a system-wide approach to security on high performance computing platforms for a huge array of applications.
CoreLink™ System IP CoreLink System IP and design tools provide the components and the methodology for designers to build SoCs based on the AMBA® specifications.
Design Tools for AMBA CoreLink AMBA® design tools from ARM comprise two products, AMBA Designer (ADR-301) for configuring, generating and stitching RTL, and Verification & Performance Exploration (VPE-301) for functional verification and performance optimization of AMBA AXI based System IP and processors.
CoreLink Memory Controllers Efficient access to shared off-chip memories, including DRAM, critically influences system performance, power and cost. CoreLink Dynamic and Static Memory Controllers deliver best-in-class performance and power for AMBA AXI and AHB based Systems-on-Chips.
Multimedia IP
Mali-T622 The ARM® Mali-T622 is the smallest OpenCL 1.1 Full Profile solution enabling entry level GPU Compute support for the mass market. It brings 50% energy efficiency improvements over first generation Mali-T600 products (Mali-T604).
Mali-T624 Designed for visual computing and using innovative tri-pipe architecture, the ARM Mali-T624 GPU delivers significant performance improvements over current Mali graphics processors. The second generation Mali-T600 Graphics Processor Unit (GPU) extends API support to include Khronos OpenCL Full profile as well as embedded and Microsoft® DirectX®.
Mali-T628 The ARM Mali-T628 GPU offers scalability from one to eight cores – providing up to twice the graphics and GPU Compute performance compared to the Mali-T624 GPU.
Mali-T720 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.
Mali-T760 The ARM Mali-T760 GPU boosts the Midgard architecture into a new era of energy efficiency making it the GPU of choice for high-end devices.
Mali-V500 The ARM Mali-V500 offers advanced video technology combined with power-efficiency and a small chip size to creators of mass-market mobile devices.

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