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ARM outs chip designs for 2015 mid-range smartphones and tablets

Includes the Mali-T720 GPU and Cortex-A17 CPU to boost future performance
Tue Feb 11 2014, 16:57
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CHIP DESIGNER ARM has announced a new set of chip designs including a CPU and GPU refresh for better performing and more energy efficient products aimed at the 2015 mid-range mobile device market.

The mid-range chip designs update targets devices in the "rapidly growing" mobile market for production in 2015 and beyond and includes ARM's Mali-T720 GPU and the firm's Cortex A17 processor, which promises to boost performance by 60 percent compared to the popular Cortex A9 processor.

ARM is optimistic about the release due to huge sale forecasts in the mid-range mobile arena in the coming years.

"We expect to see a rich set of innovation in the mid-range mobile phone segment which is forecast to become a half a billion unit market annually from 2015 and the Cortex-A17 processor will be a key component in that growth," said ARM VP of segment marketing Ian Ferguson.

"To date, the ARM Partnership has shipped more than 50 billion ARM based chips and the continued broadening of our processor family will enable our partners to further optimize their offerings in existing and new product categories."

Built on 28nm process technology, the mid-range designs also include a Mali-V500 GPU. That is an efficient and compact video processor that is able to deliver up to 4K resolution when combined with the Mali-DP500 display controller. The hardware is expected to turn up in mobile devices as well as TVs, set-top boxes and automotive applications.

The Mali T720 GPU was unveiled in October, focused on Android budget devices.

The Mali T720 is designed for system on chip (SoC) vendors that are servicing high-growth markets, whose success depends on faster time to market and reductions in manufacturing costs.

ARM claims that the main features of this GPU include a 150 percent energy efficiency increase over ARM's previous budget device GPU, the Mali 400, as well as faster implementations through high routing density and a simplified design. It also touts a 30 percent smaller die area, while apparently increasing graphics performance more than 50 percent over the firm's previous graphics processors. µ

 

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