ARM expects its partners to start embedding the new GPUs in chipsets in mid-2015
A group of next generation graphic processors got unveiled by ARM as of today and they include the Mali-T820, Mali-T830 and Mali-T860 all of which have support for popular APIs including OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0 and 3.1, OpenCL 1.1 and 1.2, DirectX 11 and RenderScript Compute. Out of these, the Mali-T860 is the flagship GPU sixteen shader cores, each having two ALU cores. It comes with native 10-bit YUV input and output and it is 45% faster than the current Mali-T628 unit. It also supports DirectX 11.1.
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The Mali-T830 on the other hand falls into the mid-range class and offers four shaders, each of them with two ALU cores. Apart from this it has optional native 10-bit YUV input and output and unlike the Mali-T860, the Mali-T830 supports DirectX 11 FL9_3. The last one is the Mali-T820 which is low-end GPU. Surprisingly this one too has four shaders however the difference here is that each of them offers just one ALU core. This one has support for DirectX 11 FL9_3 as well, but not DirectX 11.1.
A new Mali-V550 video decoder has also been detailed by ARM and it manages the encoding and decoding of the H.265 hardware on a single core and also extends support for H.264, MP4, VP8, VC-1, H.263 and Real. ARM has announced that every single core on the Mali-V550 has the ability to handle 1080p resolution at 60 fps, but it can be scaled up to eight-core configuration capable of 4K @ 120fps video encoding/decoding.
An all new Mali-DP550 display processor has also been detailed by ARM today which benefits from extremely energy-efficient processing. In addition to this it has support for 7 layer composition, rotation, post-processing, and scaling to support 4K displays. The recently announced Mali gear is fully compatible with all the current generation CPUs including Cortex A7, Cortex A15, Cortex A17, as well with the next-gen Cortex A53 and Cortex A57. According to what ARM has expected, its partners are going to start embedding the new GPUs in chipsets in mid-2015 and considering this development to be on time, it is likely that the first devices using them to kick off by the end of 2015.
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