Fujitsu plans quad core big.LITTLE graphics chip for consumer and industrial designs

July 05, 2013 // By Nick Flaherty
Fujitsu Semiconductor has licensed ARM's big.LITTLE technology and Mali-T624 graphics processing for quad core system on chip (SoC) designs.

Fujitsu’s first SoC solution under this agreement will incorporate a dual-core Cortex-A15 processor and dual-core Cortex-A7 processor intended for a wide range of consumer and industrial devices, and for visualization systems which enable users to control data and programs via on-screen graphics. Using a quad-core version of the Mali-T624 GPU to take over specific tasks from the CPU greatly enhances overall system performance and user experience, while improving system power.
“Being able to bring a flexible, high-performance solution to address the dynamic market associated with visual computing is vital for Fujitsu Semiconductor,” said Mitsugu Naito, executive vice president, Advanced Products Business Unit, Fujitsu Semiconductor. ”The energy-efficient pairing of ARM Cortex CPUs in a big.LITTLE configuration with the market-leading performance and GPU Compute functionality offered by the Mali-T624 GPU opens up a wide range of opportunities for the features offered to end consumers and industrial applications.”
“ARM is pleased to be building on a close relationship with Fujitsu Semiconductor and we are excited about the potential offered by combining big.LITTLE technology with Mali GPUs for a wider range of end devices,” said Pete Hutton, executive vice president & general manager, Media Processing Division, ARM. “The capabilities of next-generation ARM Cortex and Mali GPUs in concert will make innovative features possible for consumers and businesses with market-leading energy efficiency at the system level.”
ARM big.LITTLE technology answers one of today's biggest industry challenges: How to create a system on chip (SoC) that provides both high performance as well as improved energy efficiency. big.LITTLE processing brings scalable and efficient performance to the tightly-coupled combination of two ARM dual CPU clusters. This arrangement is transparent to computer programs, with the big.LITTLE multi-processing (MP) software automatically choosing the right processor for the right job. This is one of the most efficient ways to build an ARM quad-core system and delivers up to 70% energy savings with peak performance.
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