MediaTek acquires license to ARM Cortex-A50 Series processor cores, Mali GPU solutions

Mobile chip company MediaTek has acquired a broad license to Cortex-A50 Series processor cores and ARM Mali graphics processing unit (GPU) solutions.

This combination positions MediaTek and its customers at the fore of current central processing unit (CPU) and GPU technology.

MediaTek has taken the leadership position with the MT8135 mobile SoC being the first application processor to employ ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture in a heterogeneous multiprocessing (HMP) configuration, ARM said on Tuesday.

Johan Lodenius, chief marketing officer, MediaTek,

Johan Lodenius, chief marketing officer, MediaTek, said: “Together with ARM, we are setting the pace for low power, high performance products that give users the benefits of next-generation processing speed, security and graphics.”

Alongside technologies such as big.LITTLE and MediaTek’s SoC, this heterogeneous approach means that the broad range of applications needed in mobile devices can be processed faster and more efficiently when divided between the CPUs and the GPUs.

The ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 support the ARMv8-A Architecture with both 64-bit and 32-bit execution. These processors extend the available performance range with a focus on power-efficient implementation while maintaining compatibility with the existing 32-bit software ecosystem around ARM processors.

The ARM Mali GPU family scales to deliver industry-leading graphics on entry level smartphones, through to visually stunning user experiences for future top-end superphones, tablets and Smart TVs.

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