ARM Unveils Some Details About Mali-450 GPU

EETimes reports that ARM has shown details about its new GPU, the Mali-T450, which offers up to twice the performance of the Mali-400 and can be scaled up to 8 cores, whereas Mali-400 can only be scaled up to 4 cores.

The Mali-450 (codename Tyr) targets entry-level and mid-range mobile devices, and is said to be software compatible with Mali-400. ARM new GPU has also been “tweaked” to provide better performance at the cost of occupying a slightly larger area. The company recommends the use Mali-400 for 1 to 4 cores configuration and Mali-450 for 5 to 8 cores configuration for higher end products.

ARM Mali-200 vs Mali-400 vs Mali-450

Contrary to Mali-T604 and Mali-T685 GPU, Mali-450 does not support general purpose computing on GPU (GPGPU).

ARM is also working on a new GPU codenamed Skrymir based on Midgard architecture (Like Mali-T604 & T658) that should be available in 2014.

Mali 605, 658 and Skrymir
ARM Midgard GPU Roadmap

Source: EETimes

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12 Replies to “ARM Unveils Some Details About Mali-450 GPU”

  1. Aha, the MALI is also developed by ARM? I didn’t know that.

    “The Mali series of graphics processing units (GPUs) are a series of semiconductor intellectual property cores produced by ARM Holdings for licensing in various ASIC designs by ARM partners. The core is mainly developed by ARM Norway, at the former Falanx company site.”

    So the Tegra is a competitor of the MALI + ARM:
    “Tegra, developed by Nvidia, is a system on a chip (SoC) series for mobile devices such as smartphones, personal digital assistants, and mobile Internet devices. The Tegra integrates the ARM architecture processor central processing unit (CPU), graphics processing unit (GPU), northbridge, southbridge, and memory controller onto one package. The series emphasizes low power consumption and high performance for playing audio and video.”

    Is the MALI nowadays more popular than the Tegra? Or is the MALI a cheap lowend chip, and the Tegra a more expensive highend?

  2. @ Sander
    Tegra 3 is an SoC with ARM cortex a9 and Nvidia ULP Geforce GPU. So Nvidia is both an ARM customer (ARM core) and competitor (GPU).

    In term of popularity, I don’t know, we would need to look at sales numbers. But I’m not mistaken ULP Geforce GPU is not available for other silison vendors, so i suppose ARM Mali is not more devices than Nvdia ULP Geforce GPU.

  3. @ cnxsoft

    Yes, my ISP (Telfort, the Netherlands) provides me IPv6 in a pre-pilot. The technology is “6RD”, invented by a French person, and also use by French ISP Free. The format of a 6RD addresss is typically:

    My IPv4 address is quasi-static, and I can assign the random-local-stuff myself. So I can give myself quasi-static IPv6 addresses. However, I believe I have privacy extensions activated.

    I see your website is well equipped too: has IPv6 address 2400:cb00:2048:1::6ca2:c037 has IPv6 address 2400:cb00:2048:1::6ca2:c09b

    How much IPv6 traffic do you get? Only me? 😉

  4. @ Sander

    Oh, the 6RD IPv6 address format between didn’t get through. Here it is again:

    [ ISP-IPv6-prefix ] – [ your-own-IPv4-address ] – [ random-local-stuff ]

  5. @ Sander

    In short:

    The left half (64-bit) is defined by my ISP, and is unique for my DSL line. My modem advertises a /64.
    The right half (64-bit) can be used / defined by the devices on my LAN

  6. @ cnxsoft

    Well, the /64 for a home network is very normal.

    Remember, on the left side, with 32 bit for the ISP, you can have 2^32 = 4 billion different ISPs in the worls, and with the 32-bit for the home network, each ISP can have 2^32 = 4 billion customers. So, that’s probably enough for some time.

    I once had an ISP which provided 65.535 /64 to each home network, so that you could have more than one LAN at thome, each with a /64. And I even used more than one LAN!

  7. @ Sander

    Mali is quite popular and is more powerful than the GPU on the Tegra SoC… but not as powerful as the PowerVR found in the iPhone… The Galaxy S 2 and the Galaxy S3 have the Mali GPU

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