ARM has recently introduced Mali “Egil” video processor with support for VP9 Profile 0 (8-bit) and 10-bit Profile 2decoding, as well as VP9 8-/10-bit, and HEVC Main 10 encoding, on top of the currently supported codecs in Mali V550 VPU unveiled in 2014.
The new VPU can also support displays ranging from 1080p60 up to 4K @ 120 Hz depending on the number of cores chosen in the VPU, clocked at 800 Mhz, and manufacturing using 16 nm FinFET technology.
You can find some more information in the “Introduction to the Mali Egil Video Processor” presentation slides.
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The blog post on ARM also has some info about software support:
Can you imagine this inside a new “Raspberry PI4”??!? It would be really amazing …..
unfortunatelly on android, hardward video encoding is not used outside of video recording
Actually, that’s not so. Since MediaCodec has been introduced in android 4.1, it’s perfectly possible to encode video with hardware support. Been doing that for years.
It’s just a shame that we’re unlikely to see this in a chip for at least a year and then it’ll most likely be the single or dual core version, as to not to waste precious silicon on something that’s actually useful…
Arm sure don’t choose a naming standard that helps the users recognise which graphics are faster, better.
Broadcom normally uses their own VideoCore GPU, but so I guess it won’t be used in their SoC, but something similar could be a possibility.
Egil is just the codename. Their previous video processor, where called Mali V500, Mali V550, so “Egil” video processors could eventually be called Mali V600 or something like that.
Because Raspberrys are well known for their strong GPU lol
The text says “The new VPU can also support displays ranging from 1080p60 up to 4K @ 120 Hz”, but the table shows 1080p80.
I did not even notice it. 1080p80 would be an unusual refresh rat, but it still coherent with the rest of the table.
The real question IMO is whether an SOC with the 3/6 core versions will be cheap enough to push 4K HFR to a bunch of devices