Latest in Arm

Image credit:

ARM's latest graphics core will speed up your smartwatch

7 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Let's be blunt: the graphics in most smartwatches suck. They're frequently limited to basic effects, and you'll sometimes see the kind of stuttering that has long-since disappeared on your smartphone. ARM aims to fix that, however. It's launching the Mali-470, a mobile graphics core that's virtually tailor-made for smartwatches, the internet of things and anything else where battery life is the top priority. The GPU supports the flashy per-pixel visual effects you see on modern phones (OpenGL ES 2.0, to be exact), but it uses half as much power as the long-serving Mali-400 even as it runs faster-- you could see lively 3D animations that don't kill your watch within a few hours.

ARM hasn't named customers for the Mali-470, so it's not yet clear just who's using it in their processors. You'll have to wait a while to use it, at any rate -- ARM doesn't expect the core to reach real, shipping products until late 2016. When it does, though, it could help usher in a new generation of wearables and smart appliances whose graphics don't feel like throwbacks.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
7 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2019 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2019 Back-to-School Guide

View
Porn bots are now storming Twitter's trending topics

Porn bots are now storming Twitter's trending topics

View
Online sneaker reseller StockX faces lawsuit over data breach

Online sneaker reseller StockX faces lawsuit over data breach

View
SiriusXM's student plan only costs $4 per month

SiriusXM's student plan only costs $4 per month

View
An old Instagram hoax is back, and it's duping celebrities

An old Instagram hoax is back, and it's duping celebrities

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr