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The ARM® Mali™-V500 offers advanced video technology combined with power-efficiency and one of the smallest chip sizes in the market to creators of mass-market mobile devices. Designed to scale from 1080p60 on a single core to 4k120 on the full eight cores, all Mali-V500 variations will offer stunning HD visual and experiential quality to end users.  The ARM Mali-V500 is the initial offering in the innovative Mali Video roadmap and offers multi-standard codec support.

Why Mali-V500?

Building on the strong momentum and expertise of ARM Mali’s graphics solutions, the Mali-V500 offers a scalable, secure solution to the video processor market capable of 4k resolution at 120fps on eight cores; thanks to this “trick-play,” video edit and slow motion capture in HD is consequently possible. Even with a single core, the Mali-V500 is capable of bringing 1080p60 performance to mass-market smartphones, accordingly meeting growing consumer expectations and changing video consumption patterns. The design is capable of managing multiple, simultaneous encode and decode HD streams and through this can support multi-party video conferencing and advanced user interfacing.

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The Mali-V500 incorporates a novel lossless frame compression technique, ARM Frame Buffer Compression (AFBC). By coupling AFBC in the Mali-V500 with AFBC in either the display controller or Mali GPU a bandwidth saving of over 50% is achievable. This delivers a considerable system-wide power reduction, potentially allowing the use of lower cost DDR memory.

At all times ARM takes a system-wide approach to security starting with the deepest levels of hardware and software. In accordance with these values, the Mali-V500 was architected with support for TrustZone® enabling hardware-backed content security from download to display. As high value movie and TV content is consumed across a wider range of devices, creators and distributors of this content are looking for greater protection of their investments and all ARM video solutions will meet these demands.

For use cases such as gaming on Wi-Fi display it is important to users that latency from mobile device to display is as low as possible, at least <100ms in order to maintain an engaging experience. The Mali-V500 boasts latency of <10ms at 1080p30 for both encode and decode making gaming on Wi-Fi display a compelling experience.

Whether we are talking about graphics or video processing, visual quality is extremely important and Mali-V500 includes high bus latency tolerance whereby video processing can continue for over 5000 cycles without external memory access. This feature ensures that consumers will not see jerky playback due to dropped frames when other processes are happening on the device.


Features Value Description
API Support For encode: H.264, VP8 For decode: H.264, H.263, MPEG4, MPEG2, VC-1/WMV, Real, VP8 Driver and video streaming infrastructure based on OpenMAX™ which runs on the host CPU
Bus Interface AMBA3 AXI or AMBA 4 ACE Lite Compatible with a wide range of bus interconnect and peripheral IP
Memory System MMU Built-in Memory Management Unit (MMU) to support virtual memory
Frequency 600MHz A single core clocked at 600MHz is capable of 1080p60 decoding or encoding
Performance 1080p60 to 4k120* [*2160p] Scalable from one to eight cores with multiple performance points

Related Products

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-V500 based systems.
Software Development
  • OpenMAX™
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.

The Cortex-A12 processor is the highest performance mid-range mobile processing solution designed for mobile applications like the use in smartphones and tablets devices. The Cortex-A12 processor is the successor to the highly successful Cortex-A9 processor and is optimized for highest performance at lowest power consumption leading to best-in-class efficiency.

Cortex-A15 The Cortex-A15 MPCore processor delivers a 5x performance improvement over today's advanced smartphone processors, within a comparable energy footprint.
Cortex-A50 Series 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-V500 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 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-T678 Mali-T678 is the GPU of choice for use in the next generation of market-leading devices, optimized to bring breathtaking graphical displays to consumer applications such as 3D graphics, visual computing, augmented reality, procedural texture generation and voice recognition.

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