Phil Rogers, President of the HSA Foundation (Heterogeneous System Architecture) comprising members ARM, AMD, Imagination Technologies, MediaTek, Samsung Electronics and Texas Instruments, at IFA is announcing new members Apical, Arteris, MulticoreWare, Sonics, Symbio and Vivante talks about The Next Era of Computing Innovation including the demonstration of a range of use cases for a standard to optimize the use of CPU and GPU to accelerate the performance of applications on devices and in the cloud.
Shenzhen ZhongXiang Technology Co Ltd demonstrates their latest quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 based PCB which they put in their tablets, they have 8", 9.7" and they are making 7" and other sizes. They can also make PCBs with the new 32nm dual-core Exynos 4212 processor. This Shenzhen PCB Design House basically is able to provide the worlds fastest ARM Processor in their own tablet tooling or for any tablet maker in Shenzhen or worldwide to integrate.
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World First Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 Android point and shoot camera! This is the camera of the future, instantly upload and spread all your pictures and videos to the web with built-in WiFi, 3G and 4G connectivity, full Android supporting all Android apps for picture and video sharing. The price may be high.
New 5.5" Super AMOLED HD screen, new Quad-core Exynos4412 processor, battery life may be ok, stylus features can be fun or useful depending on what you want or need to do. Here I compare it with my Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Here's Engadget's video:
It's the dual-core Samsung Exynos 5 that can be clocked up to 1.7Ghz with the quad-core Mali-T604 GPU. Zach Honig of Engadget writes:
ARM says its working with eight manufacturers to get the licensed tech to market as early as Q3
I think the word "market" is meant as the B2B market not yet the B2C one. I don't think they mean consumers can buy ARM Cortex-A15 with Mali-T604 in devices already in Q3, I think they probably mean that manufacturers can buy early samples of Exynos5 with Mali-T604 in Q3 and more likely start selling mass produced devices to consumers not before next year. But who knows? Could Mali-T604 be ready to ship in ARM devices before the end of the year already?
- ARM launches Mali-T624, Mali-T628 and Mali-T678 GPU (armdevices.net)
- ARM's Mali-T604 makes official debut (engadget.com)
- ARM's Mali-T604 is coming and it'll sport Full Profile OpenCL 1.1 (HEXUS.net)
Here's the press release:
ARM Launches Second Generation of MALI-T600 Graphics Processors Driving Improved User Experience for Tablets, Smartphones and Smart-TVs
06 August 2012
New technology extends ARM leadership in GPU compute and graphics processing
LOS ANGELES, USA, SIGGRAPH 2012 – 6 AUGUST 2012 - ARM today announced the second generation of the ARM® Mali™-T600 Series graphics processing units (GPUs), providing a dramatically improved user experience for tablets, smartphones and smart-TVs. Each of the products features a 50% performance increase* and are the first to include Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC), a texture compression technique that originated from ARM. ASTC significantly optimizes GPU performance and increases battery life in devices, enabling an always-on, always-connected experience, adopted by the Khronos™ Group, an important industry consortium that focuses on open standards.
Based on the Mali Midgard architecture, the second generation of the Mali-T600 Series comprises three GPUs - the Mali-T624, Mali-T628 and Mali-T678. Each product has been tuned to provide optimal performance and energy-efficiency for different end devices. The Mali-T624 and Mali-T628 products provide market leading graphics and GPU compute to smartphones and smart-TVs, while the Mali-T678 has been optimized to address the demands of the rapidly growing tablet market.
ARM continues to invest in GPU compute capabilities by integrating the leadership that ARM has in the CPU space, with ARM Cortex™ processors, and applying it to the Mali GPU architecture. GPU compute enables greater control when balancing tasks between the CPU and GPU, allowing performance of the right task by the most efficient architecture. This enables improved energy-efficiency for current and new 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.
GPU compute also extends the range of use cases possible on mass-market mobile devices, allowing features like photo editing and video stabilization to be available in a wider range of consumer products.
“People expect higher standards of visual computing on their smartphones, tablets and smart-TVs with seamless access to their digital world and personal content,” said Pete Hutton, General Manager, Media Processing Division, ARM. “GPU compute enables this as it increases the range of functions mobile devices can perform within the available battery life. ARM continues to focus on system-wide optimization by integrating market leading CPU and GPU technologies to drive both high performance and energy-efficiency.”
“The newly announced Mali-T600 series is essential for graphic performance improvement, and also for the future strategy of GPU Computing,”said Mr. Mitsugu Naito, Executive Vice President, IP and Technology Development Unit, Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited. “Through our Subscription License with ARM for ARM IP products, we are able to share our product roadmap and deliver ARM based platform SoC promptly to our customers. The new Mali-T600 series will be added to our SoC development platform portfolio and we plan to adopt the Mali-T600 series into our products as a key IP solution to enable improved GPU computing.”
“Increasingly, consumers are demanding similar performance across their connected devices to access their personal information and content. This improved user experience is demanded across a range of devices, including smartphones, tablets and smart-TVs,” said Andrew Chang, Vice President, MediaTek. “MediaTek are working closely with ARM to ensure that we provide high-performance, energy-efficient solutions that address these demands. The second generation the ARM Mali-T600 GPU will allow us to address these markets through technology leadership in graphics and GPU compute.”
“Innovation happening in smart connected devices is not only in the computing area but also in the graphic area where smartphone and tablet manufacturers are seeking differentiation for their products. This relies on leading edge and innovative technologies from SOC vendors like Nufront,” said Rock Yang, VP Marketing, Nufront. ”Nufront is focusing on mobile computing and communication SoC design, leveraging advanced technologies from ARM. Using advanced technologies, such as Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression featured in the second generation of Mali-T600 GPUs, we can address the demands of the market and provide significant benefits to device manufacturers.”
“The performance and battery life requirements for smartphones, tablets, smart-TVs and other smart, connected devices are such that whilst a single energy-efficient architecture is suitable, GPU variants to address these markets are highly desirable,” said Mr. Chen Feng, Chief Marketing Officer, Rockchip. “We are pleased to extend our relationship with ARM and look forward to the advanced Rockchip solutions that will be enabled by the range of second generation Mali-T600 GPUs from ARM.”
"An advanced visual computing experience is an expectation that most consumers have when they purchase a new smartphone, tablet or smart-TV,” said Taehoon Kim, Vice President of System LSI marketing team, Samsung Electronics' Device Solutions. “It is therefore important that Samsung works with partners, such as ARM, to achieve technology leadership in areas that include advanced graphics and GPU compute. The next generation of the ARM Mali-T600 series GPU is an important introduction, and will help Samsung Exynos processor to address consumer demands.”
*Each of the second generation Mali-T600 Series GPUs features a 50% performance increase compared to first generation Mali-T600 products (based on industry standard benchmarks), on the same silicon process. This 50% increase has been facilitated by a combination of frequency improvements, such as optimizing the register transfer level (RTL) for increased performance, and micro-architectural improvements so that graphics are executed more efficiently. The design of each new product addresses different performance points:
The Mali-T624 GPU offers scalability from one to four cores, whilst the Mali-T628 from one to eight cores provides up to twice the graphics and GPU compute performance of the Mali-T624, extending the graphics potential for smartphones and smart-TVs. These products provide breathtaking graphical displays for advanced consumer applications, such as 3D graphics, visual computing and real time photo editing for smartphones and smart-TVs.
The ARM Mali-T678 GPU offers the highest GPU compute performance available in the Mali-T600 Series of products, delivering a four-fold increase when compared with the Mali-T624 GPU through features such as increased ALU support. This brings a wide range of performance points to address the vibrant tablet market. The Mali-T678 offers energy-efficient high-end visual computing applications, such as computational photography, multi perspective views and augmented reality.
What is ASTC?
ASTC supports a very wide range of pixel formats and bit rates, and enables significantly higher quality than most other formats currently in use. This allows the designer to use texture compression throughout the application, and to choose the optimal format and bit rate for each use case. This highly efficient texture compression standard reduces the already market-leading Mali GPU memory bandwidth and memory footprint even further, while extending mobile battery life.
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.
For more information about the second generation of ARM Mali-T600 Series GPUs, please click here.
- ARM's eight-core Mali GPUs promise 'dramatic' boost to mobile graphics (engadget.com)
- ARM announces second generation Mali T600 GPUs, supporting video resolutions of up to 8k (androidauthority.com)
- ARM's Second-Gen Mali GPUs Pack Up To Eight Cores, Blinding Speed (hothardware.com)
- ARM Mali-T600 GPU series promises up to eight cores (slashgear.com)
- ARM Launches Second Gen Mali-T600 GPU (techweekeurope.co.uk)
- ARM aims to deliver 'console-class gaming' with new Mali mobile GPUs (theverge.com)
- ARM Unveils Three Second-Generation Mali GPUs (hardware.slashdot.org)
- ARM unveils next-generation mobile graphics chips (pcpro.co.uk)
- ARM Announces 8-core 2nd Gen Mali-T600 GPUs (anandtech.com)
HardKernel presents their new ODROID-X, it's a quite affordable open mobile development platform based on Exynos4412 ARM Cortex-A9 Quad Core (same as in the Samsung Galaxy S3) which shows PC-like performance.
* Low-cost mobile software development platform
* Quad core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore
* 6 x High speed USB2.0 Host port
* 10/100Mbps Ethernet with RJ-45 LAN Jack
* Audio codec with headphone jack and microphone jack
* Android 4.0.4 ICS
HardKernel pretty much is the official/unofficial Samsung Exynos/Hummingbird development kit maker out of South Korea. You can watch my previous videos when they launched the ODROID-A Exynos4210 Tablet Development Kit in March 2011, the ODROID-T in June 2011 and when they launched the original ODROID gaming development device in March 2010.
I guess you can consider this a bit like the official Exynos4412 development board, the Exynos4412 is one of the most powerful ARM platforms on the market today. If there's a box, you may consider this an awesome ARM Powered desktop and set-top-box also. Can you run Jelly Bean, Ubuntu, Chromium OS and Windows RT on it? And it's a games console, see how Super Mario Kart 64 is emulated smoothly on it:
And if you'd like it in a tablet form factor, HardKernel provides the new $850 ODROID-Q with a built-in 3G modem.
- Hardkernel ODROID-X: $129 Android developer board with quad-core CPU (liliputing.com)
- ODROID-X is like a quad-core Raspberry Pi for $129 (geek.com)
- Marcin Juszkiewicz: ODROID-X developer board (marcin.juszkiewicz.com.pl)
- Odroid-x development board brings quad-core Exynos 4 Quad processor to budding Android hackers for $129 (theverge.com)
- Friday Video: Two more low-cost, ARM-based, embedded-Linux development boards from ODROID and Google (eda360insider.wordpress.com)
- HardKernel ODroid-X: Low Cost Exynos 4412 Quad Core Cortex A9 Development Board (cnx-software.com)
I'm checking out a Tizen development kit prototype for the first time. I'm not sure I understand the meaning of it, it seems there is not coming much out of Maemo, Meego, Limo, Bada etc. At least not yet. This looks to be a semi-continuation of Intel's and Nokia's open source project which makes me extra dubious.
boredatwork.com published this interview with FXI Tech about the status of shipments for their awesome Exynos4 powered HDMI stick product.
Something to do with FXI adding USB host to the design causing some of the delay. Hopefully they start shipping in Scandinavia this month, and to all other pre-orders during the summer. I'd like to see this form factor mass manufactured and sold for around $69 retail and not $199. See the TI OMAP4 powered Always Innovating HDMI stick alternative where it's said the BOM cost for such a platform may be as low as $30.