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ARM submits Mali-T604 GPU for OpenCL certification

Could open the floodgates
Fri Aug 03 2012, 13:23
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CHIP DESIGNER ARM has submitted its Mali-T604 GPU for OpenCL certification.

ARM's Mali GPUs have so far shyed away from GPGPU support, however as smartphones and tablets are not expected to see an ever growing number of processor cores the cries for OpenCL support in its GPUs have been growing louder. Now ARM has submitted its Mali-T604 GPU to the Khronos consortium for full profile OpenCL certification.

The Khronos consortium oversees the development of OpenCL and the high-level language is supported by a number of firms including AMD, Nvidia and Intel on their latest GPUs. However until now there hasn't been an OpenCL certified GPU that is used in smartphones, though firms such as Zii Labs also boast OpenCL support for their chips.

ARM said, "Building on a scalable multicore, multi-pipeline architecture design, the Mali-T600 Series GPU includes a number of advanced features. In particular, native scalar and vector operations for OpenCL's integer and floating point data types (including 64-bit); support for static and dynamic compilation; hardware accelerated image and sampler data types; fast atomic operations and compliance to IEEE754-2008 precision requirements."

ARM's move towards gaining OpenCL certification could open the floodgates for other chip vendors such as Nvidia and Qualcomm to adopt OpenCl on their system-on-chip GPUs. Of course ARM and its partners will first need to promote use of the language before their efforts can be rewarded with higher end-user performance. µ


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