ARM revealed a GPU with a whopping 8-core made for hi-performance devices such smart TVs, tablets and Superphones. Their latest GPU is called MALI-T658, which is ARM’s latest addition to the Midgard architecture-base GPU family. ARM promises their new GPU will cater up to ten times the graphics performance of it predecessor Mali-400 MP GPU which can be found in a wide range of today’s mainstream consumer products. It also boasts 4 times the GPU compute performance of the Mali-T604 GPU. A phone outfitted with this baby could take out the quad-core Android that everybody’s been talking about.
Pete Hutton, general manager, Media Processing Division, ARM said
Next generation consumer devices based on the Mali-T658 GPU will address the growing user expectation for slick user interfaces and desktop-class graphics. Intuitive user interfaces will mean that consumers can access the full functionality of their connected devices, for richer user experiences. This includes HD gaming and new compute-intensive applications, such as augmented reality.
The new range of GPUs were made to provide desktop-class graphics in mobile-form factor. The GPU also claims to have conquered unexplored territory by supporting wide range of graphics and compute APIs which includes Microsoft DirectX 11, Khronos OpenGL ES, OpenVG, Khronos Opencl, GoogleRenderscript and Microsoft DirectCompute.
The company said
The autonomous nature of the Mali Job Manager, and its ability to carry on graphics processing with a reduced load on the CPU, means it is very well suited to work alongside a big.LITTLE CPU system. By using the right processor for the right task the Mali-T658 is able to handle GPU compute tasks in parallel with the CPU handling the always-on always-connected tasks. The ability of the Mali-T658 GPU to scale up to eight cores provides unprecedented energy-efficiency, flexibility and scalability to match the CPU and GPU performance points through one coherent interface.
ARM recently announced at a press release detailing that the design of the GPU is meant to work with Cortex A7 and Cortex A15 processors either in standalone modes or when they combined. Anyway, when these phones get released they’ll need that new 10x long battery from North Western.
On the desktop front, there has been a similar revelation on the form of a 16-core processor for the masses – you wanna play crisis in that?