ARM introduces Mali-T658 mobile GPU

The new GPU can support up to 16xFSAA, scalability with up to 8 cores and have up to 10x the performance of the Mali-400 MP

The mobile GPU world is quite crowded, especially compared to notebooks and desktops where only two big discrete GPU players exist.

With high anticipation for the quad-core Tegra 3ARM is thinking even further ahead with its lineup of Mali GPUs. ARM this Thursday revealed its next generation Mali chipset, called the T658. The processor claims to deliver “up to ten times the graphics performance of the Mali-400 MP GPU,” which is found in a few high-end portable devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S II and even the 9.7-inch SmartQ 10 tablet. In fact, even declares that ARM believes the new chip will equal the video performance of the Sony Playstation 3, which in itself is about as powerful as a GeForce 7800GTX.

ARM is in a unique position to integrate CPU, GPU and interconnect technology into optimized, coherent systems, and by doing so improve performance and enable more efficient data sharing,” said VP Marketing Rock Yang in the press release. The Mali-T658 will support DirectX 11, OpenGL ES and a range of other APIs with 1 to 8 processing cores.

Unfortunately, the new Mali chipset is not expected to ship until late 2013, says Therefore, we can’t imagine any tablets out in the market equipped with the Mali-T658 until possibly 2014. So far, manufacturers such as Samsung, Fujitsu and LG have been confirmed as close partners to ARM, but no known devices sporting the upcoming Mali GPU have been announced. Check out the product page here for more specs and info on the Mali-T658.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-11-11 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.