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MediaTek to bolster mobile with ARM licences

Posted: 16 Oct 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:big.LITTLE? CPU? GPU?

MediaTek has acquired a broad licence to ARM Cortex-A50 Series processor cores and the next generation of ARM Mali graphics processing unit (GPU) solutions. The companies noted that this positions MediaTek and its customers at the fore of current central processing unit (CPU) and GPU technology.

ARM is in the unique position of providing an optimised compute platform that uses ARM Cortex processors, Mali GPU and ARM CoreLink CCI-400 technologies. Alongside technologies such as big.LITTLE and MediaTek's SoC and system expertise, this heterogeneous approach means that the range of applications needed in mobile devices can be processed faster and more efficiently when divided between the CPUs and the GPUs. This arrangement makes full use of the inherent capabilities of each system component to achieve the best possible balance of power and performance.

The ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 support the ARMv8-A Architecture with both 64bit and 32bit execution. These processors extend the available performance range with a focus on power-efficient implementation while maintaining compatibility with the existing 32bit software ecosystem around ARM processors. The ARM Mali GPU family scales to deliver industry-leading graphics on entry level smartphones, through to visually stunning user experiences for future top-end superphones, tablets and smart TVs, the company indicated.

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