Embedded Computing: Understand the mobile graphics processing unit

Source: Embedded Computing Design

 Understand the mobile graphics processing unit


The mobile GPU or graphics processing unit is a dedicated co-processor designed to accelerate graphics applications, user interfaces, and 3D content on your smartphone, tablet, wearables, and IoT devices. Photorealistic 3D games and "live" graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are examples of workloads designed specifically for the GPU.


Several years ago, the GPU was a nice-to-have feature designed into high-end consumer mobile products that needed the latest technologies to retain their flagship status. Now, with graphical displays being ubiquitous and used on all sorts of connected devices, the GPU has become a necessary part of product specs for all mobile application processors and mid/high-end MCUs/MPUs. The GPU also helps product differentiation so companies can create compelling, visual-centric solutions for their target application...[more]