ARM announces its new Mali-T658 GPU, Samsung signs up for 10x the Exynos performance

ARM announces its new Mali-T658 GPU, Samsung signs up for 10x the Exynos performance
We know that ARM-based processors are unbeatable in the power consumption/performance ratio that is so important for mobile device, that is why there is barely a smartphone or tablet out there that is not powered by some ARM licensee, be it Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Samsung or Texas Instruments.

As far as graphics go, however, ARM processors had to be paired with 3rd party GPUs in order to achieve an outstanding performance. Apple and TI, for example, use PowerVR GPUs, which are arguably the fastest out there, NVIDIA pairs Tegra with its mobile GeForce creation, whereas Samsung is using the stock ARM GPU architecture called Mali, in its Mali-400 version in the Samsung Galaxy S II with Exynos.

The ever restless chip designers at ARM, however, are determined to conquer that last bastion of performance for a full mobile bliss of their licensees, announcing the ARM Mali-T658, which promises 10x the performance of Mali-400 in the first Exynos. It is also specifically developed to work with the upcoming Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 families, which, combined in a big.LITTLE configuration, are expected to revolutionize the power/performance/price ratio once again come the next generation of chipsets.

A few companies have already signed up for the Mali-T658 monster, Samsung, Fujitsu and LG are among them. For the second version of Exynos Samsung promises up to 5x the graphics performance of the first edition, so it's more likely that it will be using Mali T-604, which was the previous best GPU architecture of ARM until T658 got announced.

It is more likely that we'll see Cortex-A15 products with Mali-T658 in 2013, rather than next year, but you never know with these accelerated development cycles nowadays. Samsung did promises a big.LITTLE Exynos to be developed in 2012, so Mali T-658 seems ripe to get in there too. Watch the T658 promo video below.

source: ARM



1. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Yes, I would like one in my next device thank you! May a US CDMA version of the Note.

3. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

yeah tegra 3 is better but, give the Mali credit it's a good enough upgrade

4. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Go Samsung go.

5. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Go SAMMY!!!!!!

6. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

LoL. Suck video I ever seen. I saw HTC desire in video "Multicore ARM Mali-T658 GPU for Visual Computing". But HTC desire used Adreno 200 GPU not Mali GPU.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and thus starts the rumor mill for the SGS3 quad core. WAAAAAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! lol

10. Rayzin

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Ok, I want that projected car navigation system on my phone now.

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i dont know why thats not more common. my grandfather had a dash projection system in his cadillac like 15 years ago. thought it was the coolest thing ever.. its just a lil series of lights.. cant be that hard to put in.

11. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

predator 2012 - SGS III

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