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Rockchip gains licences to ARM processor, GPU tech

Posted: 07 Nov 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mali? GPU? interconnect?

ARM and Rockchip Electronics have revealed that Rockchip has acquired a subscription licence of various ARM advanced technologies. The deal gives Rockchip access to ARMv8-A and ARMv7 architecture-based processors including the ARM Cortex-A57, Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A12 processors, the ARM Mali GPU family, as well as ARM CoreLink interconnect technology. This is the first subscription licence to ARM in China and the first for ARM Mali solutions worldwide, enabling next-generation robotics and providing a flexible product roadmap to Rockchip and its customers for the fast-growing mobile internet and smart home markets, noted the firms.

ARM is at the heart of the largest, most influential and innovative ecosystem in today's technology sector with a unique offering of diverse and scalable SoC technologies from processor, visual computing to ARM Artisan physical IP. In the post-PC era, ARM and its partners are leading advances in performance and energy efficiency with innovations for the mobile market, which is driving change for consumers and businesses.

The ARMv8-A architecture first introduced 64bit support to the ARM architecture with a focus on power-efficient implementation while maintaining compatibility with the existing 32bit software. This extends the performance range available yet maintains the low power consumption characteristics of the ARM processors that will power tomorrow's most innovative and efficient devices. The ARM Mali family has been driving the GPU innovation required by the user experience of increasing resolutions and content complexity, more advanced and natural user interfaces (UIs), as well as next-generation image processing and visual computing. The combination of the ARM processor and GPU technologies alongside physical IP is enabling its partners to design and manufacture solutions and products for consumers in the modern age, the companies indicated.

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