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ARM Announces New Mali-T604 Embedded GPU

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ARM has announced the successor to its Mali-400, the Mali-T604.

Over the last couple of years we've been seeing a lot more of ARM thanks to a huge increase in high-powered mobile devices. Already playing a massive role when it comes to powering countless phones, tablets and MIDs, the company yesterday announced its new embedded GPU architecture, the Mali-T604.

Supporting OpenCL 1.1, Direct X and DirectX 11, the Mali-T604 is also designed to meet the increasing demand for GPGPU power and is the first GPU in the Midgard architecture family. It uses a tri-pipe design to optimize performance and flexibility, and ARM claims the Mali-T604 is capable of delivering up to five times the performance of the previous generation Mali-400 GPU.

Samsung, already a licensee of the Mali graphic processor technology, will be the first ARM Partner to gain access to the Mali-T604, but the technology is now available for partners to license.

For more on the Mali-T604, check out ARM's Jem Davies Mali-T604 introduction below.

Meet the ARM Mali-T604

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    burnley14 , November 11, 2010 8:37 PM
    Hopefully this 5x performance increase doesn't mean 1/5 battery life
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    selks , November 11, 2010 8:12 PM
    Can't wait to see where ARM is in 5 years.
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    burnley14 , November 11, 2010 8:37 PM
    Hopefully this 5x performance increase doesn't mean 1/5 battery life
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    Tomtompiper , November 11, 2010 8:49 PM
    ARM has been working away quietly while Intel, AMD and IBM have been hogging all the limelight. Now that the era of powerful small and efficient processors has dawned ARM has the right business model and the right processors, it can move faster than its competitors and has a ten year lead on them in the fastest growing market on the planet. I would expect Nvidia, AMD and Intel to nibble at the edges of the market, but they will be fighting over the scraps falling from ARM's table.
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    elel , November 11, 2010 9:21 PM
    ARM beating intel to a DX11 gpu? Wow!
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    dkant1n , November 11, 2010 10:08 PM
    Its amazing the progress this company made. I agree that in a few years they will be another beast in the ring with Intel and AMD for marketshare.
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    lukeeu , November 11, 2010 10:18 PM
    cool now all we need is Microsoft to release DirectX for Android and iOS
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    deltatux , November 11, 2010 10:36 PM
    Why does the name T604 reminds me of Terminator just a lil' bit lol?
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    crymsonpheonix , November 11, 2010 10:38 PM
    elelARM beating intel to a DX11 gpu? Wow!


    Have you ever used Intel graphics solutions? especially say, the 8xx or 9xx series (pre core i3/5/7).

    lukeeucool now all we need is Microsoft to release DirectX for Android and iOS


    Don't hold your breath.


    More interesting to me is no mention of OpenGL support, since Windows is the only thing that runs on DX11, and Android is the big boy on the block for tablets.
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    LuckyDucky7 , November 11, 2010 11:12 PM
    Embedded GPU?

    But... can it play Crysis?
    And more importantly, better than other integrated graphics?

    Let's see some benchmarks.
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    elel , November 12, 2010 12:21 AM
    crymsonpheonixHave you ever used Intel graphics solutions? especially say, the 8xx or 9xx series (pre core i3/5/7).Don't hold your breath.More interesting to me is no mention of OpenGL support, since Windows is the only thing that runs on DX11, and Android is the big boy on the block for tablets.

    Yes, I have a netbook with a GMA950 - not so much fun.
    And I agree with you that openGL will be much more important than directX on this part. Actually, openCL is interesting also - glad to see the standard gaining traction.
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    dEAne , November 12, 2010 1:23 AM
    intel will be hurt with this one.
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    gmarsack , November 12, 2010 1:52 AM
    deltatuxWhy does the name T604 reminds me of Terminator just a lil' bit lol?

    I thought the same thing! It will become self aware sooner or later.
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    eklipz330 , November 12, 2010 1:55 AM
    i hope they start making discrete GPU's =]
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    tuch92 , November 12, 2010 2:05 AM
    crymsonpheonixMore interesting to me is no mention of OpenGL support, since Windows is the only thing that runs on DX11, and Android is the big boy on the block for tablets.


    ARM's website states " API Support:
    -OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0
    -OpenVG 1.1
    -OpenCL 1.1, 1.2
    -DirectX

    Full support for next-generation and legacy
    2D/3D graphics applications"
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    megamanx00 , November 12, 2010 2:05 AM
    Cool
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    tuch92 , November 12, 2010 2:06 AM
    Sorry for the double post and citation issue but here's the website for more specifications:
    http://www.arm.com/products/multimedia/mali-graphics-hardware/mali-t604.php
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    Ho0d1um , November 12, 2010 2:37 AM
    SelksCan't wait to see where ARM is in 5 years.

    in all of SkyNet's products
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    nebun , November 12, 2010 2:39 AM
    dEAneintel will be hurt with this one.

    not really...intel has other processors and it does not really care about mobile computing very much
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    Ramar , November 12, 2010 2:44 AM
    So, anyone have examples of the power of the last chip so we can get some kind of idea of future power?
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    WheelsOfConfusion , November 12, 2010 3:18 AM
    TomtompiperARM has been working away quietly while Intel, AMD and IBM have been hogging all the limelight. Now that the era of powerful small and efficient processors has dawned ARM has the right business model and the right processors, it can move faster than its competitors and has a ten year lead on them in the fastest growing market on the planet. I would expect Nvidia, AMD and Intel to nibble at the edges of the market, but they will be fighting over the scraps falling from ARM's table.

    ARM is purely a design house that licenses their to manufacturers. They're totally fabless, unlike Intel and IBM. As for Nvidia, they already have an ARM-based chip in Tegra/Tegra II. Tegra and designs by PowerVR are what ARM is up against here with this graphics chip, since those are what you usually get in the way of graphics with ARM-based SoCs.
    AMD so far has no real ARM-coupled graphics solution, but they aren't aiming for anything in the space that ARM occupies (low performance but extremely low power, like smartphones, PMPs and tablets). They're just now putting out solutions for netbook-like devices, after years of letting Geode languish. Their real market is servers, and after that desktops/laptops. Intel is the one that's working its way down into ARM's turf, while ARM is now working up to meet Intel at the Atom level.
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