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ARM Debuts Mali-T658 GPU Behemoth

ARM announced this morning the launch of its next generation GPU, the Mali-T658, which will come after the yet to be launched Mali-T604 and will be ten times more powerful than the mainstream Mali 400 MP, which is found inside the Samsung Galaxy S2.

ARM told us that the first Mali-T658 based products will be launched by 2013, within the next 18 months. The GPU is the next Midgard unit and can scale up to eight cores; we were told that their base clock speeds would be faster than the current Mali-400MP but that the power envelope would be - as expected - significantly less than the current GPU.

ARM also says that the T-658 is a whopping 4X more powerful when it comes to compute performance compared to the Mali-T604.

The release comes a few weeks after ARM released its new big.LITTLE paradigm, presented a new core, the Cortex A7 and announced the 64-bit V8 architecture, which plugs a major hole in ARM's roadmap.

The new GPU falls in line with ARM's long term strategy of getting a GPU portfolio that can scale all the way from an entry level smartphone to what ARM calls the "4K mass market". In addition, the T-658 will also cement ARM's presence in the GPU compute ecosystem by allowing it to deliver heterogeneous energy-efficient computing.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.