ARM Announces POP IP Technology for Mali-T600 Series GPUs

  ARM Announces POP IP Technology for Mali-T600 Series GPUs

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CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom -- October 11, 2012


What: ARM® today introduced the first POP™ IP solution for ARM Mali™-T600
series graphics processor units (GPUs). This latest offering of POP IP --
core-hardening acceleration technology that produces the best implementations
of ARM processors in the fastest time-to-market -- is optimized for the
Mali-T628 and Mali-T678 on TSMC 28nm HPM process technology. Mali GPUs go into
a variety of end devices, including a wide range of smartphones, from high
performance to mass market, as well as tablets and smart TVs. It is critical
that designers can optimize their Mali GPU for their selected end

Developed in synergistic collaboration by ARM’s Media Processing and Physical
IP divisions, the optimized POP IP technology has been created to produce the
most efficient GPU implementations at 28nm. The POP IP enabled Mali-T600
series GPU implementation results in superior performance density/watt, and
significant silicon savings. Benefits of this POP IP have been proven to
deliver up to 27 percent higher frequency, 24 percent lower area, and 19
percent lower power than implementations which do not use POP IP.

POP IP technology is comprised of three critical elements necessary to achieve
an optimized ARM processor or GPU implementation. First, it contains Artisan®
physical IP standard cell logic and memory cache instances that are
specifically tuned for a given ARM processor and foundry technology. Second,
it includes a comprehensive benchmarking report to document the exact
conditions and results ARM achieved for the processor implementation across an
envelope of configuration and design targets. Finally, it includes the
detailed implementation knowledge including floor plans, scripts, design
utilities and a POP implementation guide, which enables the end customer to
achieve similar results quickly and with lower risk.

Why: “As the industry moves toward 28nm, designers need options that can lower
their risk and help them achieve the fastest time-to-market. ARM is pleased to
bring the benefits that have been experienced with POP IP usage around Cortex
process implementation to Mali GPUs,” said Pete Hutton, general manager, Media
Processing Division at ARM. “POP IP for Mali GPUs is not about pre-determined
benchmarks, it’s about giving our partners greater flexibility by leveraging
ARM’s holistic approach to explore and find the right optimization customized
to the specific end-application.”

When: The POP IP for Mali-T628 and T678 on TSMC 28HPM process is available for
immediate license to both existing and new licensees. The IP will be available
in January 2013.

About ARM

ARM designs the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital products,
from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging,
automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering
includes RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling
software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products,
peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design
services, training, support and maintenance, and the company’s broad Partner
community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable
path to market for leading electronics companies. Find out more about ARM by
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