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ARM unveils next-gen multi-core GPU

ARM unveils next-gen multi-core GPU

The new Mali-T658 GPU has been designed for both gaming and GPGPU applications.

There would appear to be nothing stopping ARM right now, as the company has just announced a new GPU, which has been designed to complement its recently announced next-gen big.LITTLE CPU.

ARM claims that the new GPU, known as the Mali-T658, provides up to 10x the graphics performance of its predecessor the Mali-400 MP, and 4x the GPGPU performance of its earlier Mali T-604 GPU.

ARM backed up these claims by explaining how the scalable Mali-T658 architecture can have up to eight cores, making it the first multi-core ARM GPU. Each core has its own set of shader cores, much like a desktop GPU.

The similarities don't end there either, as the Mali-T658 has been designed to be equally competent at rendering games as it is at handling GPGPU applications. To this end the Mali-T658 includes support for key APIs, such as DirectX 11 and OpenGL ES for games, and OpenCL and DirectCompute for GPGPU applications.

However, unlike desktop PCs, which suffer from multiple companies providing competing technologies, because ARM designs both CPUs and GPUs, the Mali-T658 shouldn't ever fight with the CPU with which it's partnered. In fact, ARM has specifically designed the Mali-T658 to work alongside the forthcoming big.LITTLE CPU, even to the extent of sharing data stored in the Level 2 cache.

ARM expects the first notable GPGPU applications for mobile devices such as superphones and tablets to be in the image processing space, but it's also hopeful that augmented reality (think Minority Report) and speech recognition could also become more important over time.

While we're on the topic of time, it's important to note that ARM doesn't expect superphones and tablets with Mali-T658 GPUs to appear for quite a while; 2014 is currently the company's best guess.

Are you excited about the prospect of better looking games and faster processing on mobile devices over the coming years? Let us know your thoughts in the forum.

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kosch 10th November 2011, 13:00 Quote
Seems the CPU/GPU space for mobiles/tablets/superphones is quite exciting at the moment. Cant wait to look back in a few years and see how much its changed!
KiNETiK 10th November 2011, 14:09 Quote
but can it run crysis :P
schmidtbag 10th November 2011, 14:20 Quote
wow amazing job arm! all i want to see now is a motherboard with pci or pci-e slots supporting an arm cpu and i'll move my linux build to that. seriously with the rate that arm is going at, they are really making VIA's stuff look bad and they're catching up with amd pretty quickly.
Evildead666 10th November 2011, 15:01 Quote
With most of the latest ARM based GPU's having DX10/11 support, won't that mean that we will at least be able to game in Win8 for ARM ?
If a DX10/11 driver is written (which it should be even to function in Win8 on Aero desktop) then quite a lot of games may be playable on such a system.
All we'd need then is for ARM or a vendor, to add PCIe support and add a discrete GPU in the mix.
Picarro 10th November 2011, 15:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by KiNETiK
but can it run crysis :P

At the resolutions of a tablet - probably.
warejon9 10th November 2011, 15:57 Quote
This could be great for power saving. Have a dedicated GPU for hardcore rendering, and a small ARM chip for desktop.
Narishma 10th November 2011, 18:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Evildead666
With most of the latest ARM based GPU's having DX10/11 support, won't that mean that we will at least be able to game in Win8 for ARM ?
If a DX10/11 driver is written (which it should be even to function in Win8 on Aero desktop) then quite a lot of games may be playable on such a system.
All we'd need then is for ARM or a vendor, to add PCIe support and add a discrete GPU in the mix.

It would also need the game to be compiled for the ARM version of Windows.
ch424 10th November 2011, 22:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by schmidtbag
all i want to see now is a motherboard with pci or pci-e slots supporting an arm cpu and i'll move my linux build to that.

You can buy better than that ;) http://www.linaro.org/low-cost-development-boards
Blazza181 10th November 2011, 22:51 Quote
Sounds fantastic.

Especially since they're british.
[USRF]Obiwan 15th November 2011, 08:53 Quote
At the rate this is going we have a full blown cheap ARM desktop processor in 5 years.
Fizzban 17th November 2011, 20:32 Quote
Go ARM!
Culinia 13th December 2011, 11:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blazza181
Sounds fantastic.

Especially since they're british.

For now...
Blazza181 13th December 2011, 17:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Culinia
For now...

Oh, don't put a downer on such a momentous occasion. :)
fdbh96 13th December 2011, 21:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Picarro
At the resolutions of a tablet - probably.

The next saamsung galaxy tab is meant to have a resolution of 2560x1600 :)
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