ARM Launches Second Generation MALI-T600 Graphics Processors

ARM launched the second generation MALI-T600 graphics processors on August 6th. The Second Generation MALI-T600 Series comprises three models, MALI-T624, MALI-T628 and MALI-T678, each offering around 50% performance improvements against comparable first generation SKUs. They are also the first products to feature Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC), a texture compression technique developed by ARM to optimize GPU performance while also significantly increasing battery life.

The three SKUs are optimized for different end products, with the Mali-T624 and Mali-T628 being optimized for smartphones and smart-TVs, and the MALI-T678 is designed for tablets. MALI-T624 offers 1 - 4 processing cores, with L2 cache configurable from 32 KB to 256 KB. MALI-T628 increases the number of cores to 8, and provides double the performance of MALI-T624. MALI-T678 has the same specs as a MALI-T628, but offers an additional performance boost up to 100%.

The second generation MALI-T600 Series SKUs also add support for GPU compute applications. GPU Compute APIs, that are supported, include OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0, OpenVG 1.1, OpenCL 1.1, DirectX 11 and Renderscript. The graphics processors feature a Job Manager, that can offload task management from the CPU to the GPU, and performs load balancing across shader cores.

All SKUs have a built-in Memory Management Unit, which provides support for virtual memory. Anti-Aliasing support includes 4xFSAA and 16xFSAA. The GPUs use AMBA4 ACE-LITE bus interface, which gives support for a wide range bus interconnect and peripheral IP, simplifying integration into existing projects.

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