ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has just released a processor optimization pack (POP) for its Mali-T600 series graphics processor units. IP for the Mali POP will be available in January 2013.
The POP is designed to provide an additional piece of support, on top of the licensing of cores, that licensees can pay for, to speed their time to market. ARM has introduced POPs for several of its Cortex-series processors and has now extended it to graphics.
The next POP will be for the implementation of Mali-T628 and Mali-T678 GPUs on the 28-nm HPM manufacturing process technology from foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan).
The POP includes standard cell logic and memory cache instances that are tuned to the processor and foundry technology. It documents the results ARM achieved for the processor implementation across an envelope of configuration and design targets. Included is detailed implementation knowledge including floor plans, scripts, design utilities and a POP implementation guide.