Entropic will use ARM Mali-400 and Mali-450 GPU technology in its devices.
US-based semiconductor application provider Entropic has signed a licensee agreement to use ARM’s Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) technology in its devices.
Under the deal, the application provider will use ARM Mali-400 and Mali-450 GPU technology and has signed a new license agreement for the ARM’s Cortex-R5 processor.
The partnership will allow Entropic to offer better media and connectivity processing to its customers across the connected home ecosystem, from manufacturers of set-top boxes (STB) and CE devices to makers of home networking applications.
Entropic provides STB system-on-a-chip (SoC) and Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) based connectivity systems that will use a mix of ARM MPCore Cortex processors and graphics processing technology as platform.
Entropic Global Operations senior VP, Vahid Manian, said that the partnership with ARM is an important step to advancing the evolution of the connected home.
"The ARM multi-core architecture coupled with its high-speed graphics engine enables Entropic to deliver richer, faster media experiences in its next-generation platform silicon solutions," Manian said.
ARM Media Processing Division executive VP and general manager, Pete Hutton, said: "Delivery of a powerful, energy-efficient heterogeneous platform provides Entropic’s customers with many opportunities to deliver differentiated services and to shape the future of home-based consumer electronics."
The move follows evolution of the global Pay-TV service providers toward IP video gateway/client architectures in the home that need faster, more robust media processing systems.
Entropic is investing in the Mali GPUs to support the ARM Cortex processors, while the ARM’s Mali-400 and Mali-450 GPUs increase the performance density and are designed to minimise power and bandwidth requirements.