Fujitsu Semiconductor Licenses ARM Big.Little Technology

ARM’s Big.Little Processing Adopted by Yet Another Company

by Anton Shilov
07/02/2013 | 11:59 PM

Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited and ARM have announced a licensing agreement that enables Fujitsu Semiconductor to release a system on chip (SoC) solution which takes advantage of the benefits of ARM Big.Little technology and ARM Mali-T624 graphics processing core. The pact will allow Fujitsu to develop application processors that will combine high performance with low-power consumption.

 

“Being able to bring a flexible, high-performance solution to address the dynamic market associated with visual computing is vital for 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,” said Mitsugu Naito, executive vice president of advanced products business unit at Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited.

Fujitsu Semiconductor’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 (something that points to tablets and smartphones). Fujitsu Semiconductor brings their extensive experience in these markets to realize the benefits offered by the Big.Little combination, while optimizing “graphics+” graphics processing unit (GPU) compute functionality. Utilizing 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.

“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. 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,” said Pete Hutton, executive vice president and general manager of media processing division at ARM.