ARM announces new Mali G52/31 GPUs along with video and display processors for mobile devices
There is no doubt about ARM being the premier mobile chip-maker of the IT&C world. All mobile processors found in smartphones and tablets nowadays are based on some combination of ARM products, although the accompanying GPUs could be developed in house by the companies that license ARM’s chips. The latest announcement from ARM is related to the launch of a few mid-range to low-end chips including two new GPUs, a video processor and a display accelerator.
First up are the two GPUs. The Mali-G52 is the successor of the G51 GPU launched in October 2016 and brings 30% improved performance, 15% increased energy efficiency and double the ALU lanes for a total of 8 now, which yields 3.6 times increases in machine learning workloads. On the other hand, there is the Mali-G31, ARM’s newest low-end GPU that succeeds Mali400. This one is 20% smaller, 20% faster and can deliver 12% better UI performance.
The new Mali-V52 video processor is capable of 4K encoding/decoding at 60 fps, with a 38% smaller package compared to the previous V61 chip. The new V52 also brings 2 times faster decoding performance, and the improved HEVC encoding heuristics deliver 20% better quality when handling variable block sizes.
Last, but not least, there is the Mali-D51 entry-level display accelerator derived from the Mali-D71 high-end processor. The D51 brings 2x increased area of efficiency, supporting up to 8 composition layers, and offloads all the UI rendering tasks from the GPU. This approach yields 30% overall system power savings and can achieve 50% better memory latency.
Since these chips are licensed to device integrators like Samsung or chipmakers like Qualcomm, there is no info on pricing.