ARM Announces 3 New Midgard GPUs – Mali-T624, Mali-T628 and Mali-T678

ARM announced the second generation of the Mali-T600 Series GPUs targeting tablets, smartphones and smart TVs. Those new GPUs provide up to 50% performance increase over the first generation Midgard GPUs (T-604 & T-658) and include  support for Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC), a texture compression technique. The company explains that ASTC significantly optimizes GPU performance and increases battery life in devices.

Those 3 new GPUs based on Mali Midgard architecture are named as follows:

  • Mali-T624 – 1 to 4 cores – Market: Smartphones and smart-Tvs
  • Mali-T628 – 5 to 8 cores – Market: Smartphones and smart-Tvs
  • Mali-T678 – Up to 8 cores, 4x the GPU compute performance of Mali-T628 – Market: Tablets
Mali-T678 Block Diagram

As with previous Midgard GPUs, the new GPUs support GPU compute with improves performance and energy-efficiency for math intensive activities, such as:

  • Computational photography – computational methods of enhancing or extending digital photography
  • Multi perspective views – the ability to have multiple views from different positions
  • Real-time photo editing on mobile devices – photo editing at your fingertips on your smartphone, tablet, etc.

All products are designed to support the following APIs; OpenGL ES 1.1, OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL ES 3.0, DirectX 11 FL 9_3, DirectX 11, OpenCL 1.1 Full Profile and Google Renderscript compute.

If you’ve never heard about OpenGL ES 3.0 (codenamed Halti), that’s normal, it has only been officially announced yesterday, and there is no readily available silicon that support it yet. You can, however, write and test OpenGL ES 3.0 programs using the OpenGL ES 3.0 emulator.

Those new GPUs appear to have already been licensed by several silicon vendors such as Fujitsu Semiconductor, MediaTek, Rockchip, Nufront and Samsung Electronics, and should be available in SoCs by next year, and in retail products by the end of 2013 or early 2014.

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3 Replies to “ARM Announces 3 New Midgard GPUs – Mali-T624, Mali-T628 and Mali-T678”

  1. What about first they officially release mali450 and we actually see it performing in an actual product in real life scenario.

    You might be knowing top executives of these companies.
    Tell them “Time has changed” and is keep changing at even faster pace, announcing a product and releasing it after 10 month is so last decade.

    Now companies start and get sold off for $10 million in 10 months time.

  2. @max
    ARM does not do processors, so they have to announce their core, then silicon companies incorporate that into their SoC, other companies can then use those chips into products but need time for development and manufacturing. It usually takes 2 years.

    You could also tell me they could only announce their core publicly once Silicon company added to their SoC, but I suppose they don’t do that because of leaks or there is no reason to hide this once the IP is ready.

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