New Mali media IP suite ‘to cut energy consumption of smartphones’.
Chip-maker ARM has announced a new suite of processors designed to cut the energy consumption of smartphones and tablets.
The ARM Mali media IP suite uses distributed processing to ensure graphics-heavy content is assigned to the processor best equipped to deal with it, using less energy than a processor struggling to support the content.
It is comprised of the Mali-V550 video accelerator, the Mali-DP550 display processor and the Mali-T800 GPU family.
The V550 and the DP550 feature motion search elimination technology that reduces bandwidth by up to 35%, which ARM hopes will be attractive to device manufacturers as they target increasingly complex content being streamed by users.
ARM partner and ssmartphone screen specialist Apical is already using the suite.
CEO Michael Tusch said in a statement: "Smartphone and tablet users take their devices everywhere, so they don’t want to compromise on visual quality whether they are in a dark room or outside in the sun. But traditional display technology has found it hard to meet this demand.
"ARM and Apical have been successfully collaborating on a range of projects. The new ARM Mali-DP550 specifically integrates with Apical’s Assertive Display technology to deliver a seamless, high-quality viewing experience even in bright sunshine while enabling significant increase in battery life."
ARM’s general manager of media processing, Mark Dickinson, added: "As your mobile device is now your primary compute device, manufacturers have to regularly deliver better features and functionality while preserving battery life.
"The ARM Mali media IP suite employs the right processor for the right task and utilizes our latest energy-saving technologies across all the IP blocks. We are giving our SoC partners a set of media IP that simply works better together."