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ARM launches Mali-470 GPU

The new mobile graphics chip boasts 2x better energy efficiency than the popular Mali-400.

Today, ARM has unveiled its new mobile GPU, the Mali-470, designed with wearables and Internet-of-Things devices in mind. The new chip is the successor to the popular Mali-400 which is being used in a huge range of entry-level smartphones and smartwatches.

The British chipmaker claims that the new unit is able to provide roughly the same performance as the Mali-400 while consuming only half the power. Therefore, it’s perfect for devices with limited battery capabilities and narrow thermal limits.

Mali-470 can work with both 32-bit Cortex-A7 and 64-bit Cortex-A53 CPUs. The new GPU also supports the latest versions of Android, Android Wear and other Linux-based systems, such as Tizen. The new GPU can be scaled up from 1 fragment processor (MP1) to as many as 4 (MP4), giving product developers a large amount of flexibility when designing their devices.

ARM expects that the mobile processor makers will have SoC’s with Mali-470 ready by the end of 2016. This should allow first products with the new GPU to enter the market in early 2017.


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Arkadiusz Piasek, 2015-10-20 (Update: 2015-10-20)