Mediatek has purchased a license for ARM's Cortex-A50 Series processor cores and the latest Mali graphics processing units (GPU)as part of its efforts to fuel next-generation mobile and consumer technology.
ARM Processor Division executive vice president and general manager Tom Cronk said that MediaTek's MT8135 mobile SoC is the first application processor to employ ARM's big.LITTLE architecture in a heterogeneous multiprocessing (HMP) configuration.
"The Cortex-A50 series of processors, alongside the Mali GPU products, help MediaTek to continue its position as an industry leader," Cronk said.
The heterogeneous approach has been developed to enable mobile applications to be processed more rapidly and efficiently when separated between the CPUs and the GPUs.
According to the semiconductor IP supplier, the heterogeneous approach uses the inherent capabilities of each system component and offers optimal balance of power and performance.
Supporting the ARMv8-A Architecture with both 64-bit and 32-bit execution, the new Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 processors amplify the existing performance range while they will be compatible with the existing 32-bit software ecosystem around ARM chips.
MediaTek chief marketing officer Johan Lodenius said: "Together with ARM, we are setting the pace for low power, high performance products that give users the benefits of next-generation processing speed, security and graphics."
The ARM Mali GPU family can be deployed in entry-level smartphones and top range superphones, tablets as well as smart TVs.