ARM middleware takes advantage of OpenVG compliance to provide optimum performance versus power consumption
CAMBRIDGE, UK – July 8, 2009 – ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMH)] today announced that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leading mobile handset provider, has licensed ARM® Mali™-SVG-t software for use in a wide range of mobile handsets, enabling clear graphical rendering of 2D objects and easy scaling for different display resolutions and zoom factors. Samsung joins a group of leading handset manufacturers who are leveraging ARM Mali hardware and software technology to deliver innovative, next-generation mobile devices.
Mobile operators’ specifications are increasingly demanding SVG-t (Scalable Vector Graphics Tiny) compliant scalable 2D graphics capability across different platforms. ARM Mali-SVG-t technology provides a middleware layer compliant with the SVG-t 1.2 specification that is both optimized for ARM processors and able to take advantage of OpenVG compliant graphics acceleration technology, such as the ARM Mali family of graphics processing units (GPUs). The technology will enable Samsung to deliver optimum performance and power consumption characteristics across a variety of ARM powered platforms.
“Only ARM delivers the full spectrum of graphics system elements, ensuring complete compatibility across the stack and enabling Partners like Samsung to develop the most advanced consumer products,” said Lance Howarth, general manager, Media Processing Division, ARM. “Samsung’s selection of the Mali-SVG-t software validates our position as a vendor of choice for all embedded graphics needs, from those of handheld mobile devices to larger, more demanding applications. We continue to work closely with our Partners to ensure consistent graphics rendering, regardless of the device.”
The SVG specification is a royalty-free, vendor-neutral, open standard developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for describing two-dimensional graphics and graphical applications in XML. SVG-t is a version of the standard suitable for mobile phones. Mali-SVG-t software implements the SVG-t standard achieving class-leading scores for compliance.
OpenVG is a royalty-free, cross-platform API specified by The Khronos Group that provides a low-level hardware acceleration interface for vector graphics libraries such as SVG-t. OpenVG is targeted primarily at handheld devices that require portable acceleration of high-quality vector graphics for compelling user interfaces and text on small screens, while enabling hardware acceleration to provide fluidly interactive performance at very low power levels.
About Mali Graphics Processing Units
The Mali GPU family scales from Mali-55, the world’s smallest OpenGL ES graphics processor to Mali-400 MP, the highest-performance embedded multicore GPU IP on the market which supports complex applications at up to 1080p high-definition resolution, thereby addressing the widest range of performance points for all embedded graphics needs. This diverse offering enables ARM to lead in conformance to numerous open standards and confirms the company’s unique position as a world-class supplier of the complete range of hardware and software graphics IP, enabling application developers and device manufacturers to create competitive and cutting-edge designs.
Mali graphics processors deliver stunning 2D and 3D graphics providing 4x and 16x full scene anti-aliasing (FSAA) without any noticeable drop in performance. In addition to providing content developers with the state-of-the-art programmable features in OpenGL ES 2.0, Mali products also support 2D scalable vector graphics through OpenVG for improved text, navigation, UI and web-browsing experiences. For more information, please visit www.arm.com/products/multimedia/graphics
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at www.arm.com