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ARM reveals POP IP tech for Mali-T600 GPUs

15 Oct 2012

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ARM has announced what it says is the first�POP IP solution for ARM Mali-T600 series�GPUs. This latest offering of POP IP—core-hardening acceleration technology that produces the best implementations of ARM processors in the fastest time-to-market—is optimised for the�Mali-T628 and�Mali-T678 on TSMC 28nm HPM process technology, flaunted the company.

Mali GPUs go into a variety of end devices including a range of smartphones, from high performance to mass market, as well as tablets and smart TVs. It is critical that designers can optimise their Mali GPU for their selected end applications, ARM noted.

Developed in synergistic collaboration by ARM's media processing and physical IP divisions, the optimised POP IP technology has been created to produce the most efficient GPU implementations at 28nm, said the company. The POP IP enabled Mali-T600 series GPU implementation results in superior performance density/watt, and significant silicon savings. Benefits of this POP IP have been proven to deliver up to 27 per cent higher frequency, 24 per cent lower area, and 19 per cent lower power than implementations which do not use POP IP, added ARM.

"As the industry moves towards 28nm, designers need options that can lower their risk and help them achieve the fastest time-to-market. ARM is pleased to bring the benefits that have been experienced with POP IP usage around Cortex process implementation to Mali GPUs," said Pete Hutton, general manager, media processing division at ARM. "POP IP for Mali GPUs is not about pre-determined benchmarks, it's about giving our partners greater flexibility by leveraging ARM's holistic approach to explore and find the right optimisation customised to the specific end-application."

The POP IP for Mali-T628 and T678 on TSMC 28HPM process is available for immediate licence to both existing and new licences. The IP will be available in January 2013.

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