A new graphics processing unit (GPU) chip is to be introduced onto the market which, experts say, will significantly enhance both the visual and more general applications of mobile phones, tablets, and a whole host of other portable devices.

The new chip, developed by top UK-based chip design company, ARM, and which is being branded as the Mali-T658, is believed to operate up to ten times faster than ARM’s previous GPU, the Mali-400 MP.

This projected capacity is, by its own merits, an incredible feat, given that the 400 MP had itself only recently been praised by industry commentators as the fastest smartphone GPU on the market.

ARM estimates that the new chip will start to appear in mobile devices in around 2013.

ARM’s Jem Davies, speaking on behalf of the company’s Media Processing Division, has painted an exciting picture of the properties of the new chip, claiming that it will lead to a

‘faster graphics performance with snappier, more responsive user interfaces, more immersive game play and a whole range of new applications’

Elsewhere, ARM has claimed that the new chip will facilitate graphics on mobile handsets which are more or less as sophisticated as those currently experienced with the Sony Playstation Three console.

Going beyond mere graphics applications, Davies claims that ARM is also currently looking at the future potential for the highly complex and sophisticated processing capacity of GPUs as a key element in developments around the hi-tech area of speech recognition capability.