ARM Mali Graphics Technology Targeting Anything With a Screen » read source
ARM announced that 18 ARM Partners are using products from its Mali graphics portfolio. ARM Mali55 and Mali200 graphics processing units have been licensed by nine SoC vendors, including Micronas Inc., and Zoran, since their launch at 3GSM in 2007. The sustained momentum among key OEMs and SoC vendors illustrates the flexible nature of the ARM Mali graphics processing architecture. In addition, the ARM Mali-JSR184 3D graphics engine has been licensed by nine leading OEM licensees including Samsung Electronics.
Hardware acceleration is a crucial piece of the graphics puzzle and OEMs are now looking to their SoC suppliers to deliver a more complete graphics stack, incorporating complimentary graphics software API add-ons such as JSR184, JSR226 shifting to JSR297 and JSR 287 during 2008 in order to complete the graphics solution. Functions like web browsing and navigation on small screens are intensive pixel processing applications that require highly-integrated solutions. ARM is now well positioned to address these demands.
The ARM graphics ecosystem enables collaboration among market leaders to link the ARM platform with a community of complementary solutions to shape the future of the graphics industry. With more announcements due in 2008, ARM contributes its expertise as a processor, GPU and tools vendor to enable application developers and device manufacturers to create competitive and cutting-edge designs pre-silicon.
Three top tier SoC licensees of Mali200 will apply this cutting edge 2D and 3D graphics processing technology in cellular baseband, high-end applications processing, navigation devices and set-top box (STB) markets. High-quality graphics are no longer confined to games, with the ARM Mali portfolio extending to numerous 2D and 3D applications and on any device with a screen.
Measuring in at 1.0mm squared on a 65LP process, the Mali55 processor is the world's smallest GPU for 2D and 3D graphics and brings unprecedented value to mobile phones where area comes at a premium. With full scene anti-aliasing up to 16x, the Mali55 processor can transform a VGA screen to resemble a high-cost SVGA system for UI and gaming. The Mali55 processor is fully compliant with both OpenGL ES v1.1 and OpenVG, further lowering integration costs for ARM silicon Partners.
The ARM Mali processors deliver brilliant 2D and 3D graphics with 4x and 16x full scene anti-aliasing (FSAA) to "smooth" otherwise jagged lines without any noticeable drop in performance. Mali technology takes full advantage of the ARM AMBA, CPU and fabric IP to deliver a powerful and complete graphics experience on mobile phones, PDAs and GPS devices, with sustained performance, very low power consumption and leading memory bandwidth usage for up to 1080p resolutions.
ARM offers support for all the major Operating Systems and execution environments. OS support includes, Linux, Symbian and Microsoft embedded OS's as well as leading RTOS's. Execution environment support includes Java and Brew. The targeted markets for the ARM Graphics Solutions include handheld graphics and multimedia hardware such as mobile phones, PDAs, Tablet PCs, game consoles and in-car infotainment and navigation systems.