You got to love competition and how it works: nVidia recently announced its quad-core (penta-core, really) Tegra 3 SoC and now British chip maker ARM has unveiled its latest GPU, the Mali-T658.
The new GPU is advertised to surpass its predecessor by offering ten times better performance. Older models, like the Mali-400 MP, are already delivering great performance; the one just mentioned is packed in Samsung’s Galaxy S II device which is really a powerhouse. ARM is expecting manufacturers to have its new design in use in around two years. As for the raw power, while previous ARM GPUs allowed four cores to be connected, the Mali-T658 goes for eight, with each core offering double the arithmetic capability of its predecessor.
“Faster graphics performance with snappier, more responsive user interfaces, more immersive game play and a whole range of new applications which are being enabled by the capabilities of GPU computing“, is how ARM Media Processing Division’s Jem Davies described the chip.