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ARM releases 4K Mali-DP650

by on21 January 2016

4K streaming from your phone

ARM has announced a new mobile graphics chip, the Mali-DP650 which it said was designed to handle 4K content a device's screen and on an external display.

The new Mali GPU can push enough pixels on the local display it is more likely that it is interested in using the technology for streaming.

Many smartphones can record 4K video and this means that smartphones could be a home to high resolution content which can be streamed to a large, high resolution screen.

It looks like Mali DP650can juggle the device's native resolution and the external display's own resolution and the variable refresh rates. At least that is what ARM says it can do.

The GPU is naturally able to handle different resolutions but it is optimized for a "2.5K", which means WQXGA (2560x1600) on tablets and WQHD (2560x1440) on smartphones, but also Full HD (1920x1080) for slightly lower end devices.

Mark Dickinson, general manager, media processing group, ARM said: "The Mali-DP650 display processor will enable mobile screens with multiple composition layers, for graphics and video, at Full HD (1920x1080 pixels) resolutions and beyond while maintaining excellent picture quality and extending battery life,"
"Smartphones and tablets are increasingly becoming content passports, allowing people to securely download content once and carry it to view on whichever screen is most suitable. The ability to stream the best quality content from a mobile device to any screen is an important capability ARM Mali display technology delivers."

ARM did not say when the Mali-DP650 will be in the shops or which chips will be the first to incorporate its split-display mode feature.


Last modified on 21 January 2016
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