Peter Clarke, EETimes
9/9/2010 6:24 AM EDT
LONDON – The graphics unit in the recently launched Orion dual-core Cortex-A9 processor from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is based on the Mali intellectual property from ARM Holdings plc, according to an analyst with Royal Bank of Scotland.
Samsung (Seoul, South Korea) is a user of PowerVR graphics cores from Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) which it has in the past used alongside ARM processors. However, ARM (Cambridge, England) is able to offer combination royalty deals for its graphics and CPU technology that, as long as its graphics technology is good enough, could drive out rival GPU offerings.
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