Nowadays, the cost to develop your own GPU is prohibitive, so I think everyone will end up on Mali eventually. It comes down to the fact that the handset/tablet manufacturers are only willing to pay peanuts for SoC's, so you cannot recover the dev costs of your own GPU.
In The Future...
...Nvidia and AMD will come around to provide an M version for their GPU. So Mali would be equivalent to intel HD. Also will give rise to Alienware and ROG smartphones with dual thick and hot "gaming" phones.
Does anyone really know what broadcom has planned for VideoCore???
I heard the VC was still being developed as it has some advantages over other GPU, seems likely as broadcom is employing anholt to work on drivers and I think saw mention that a VC5 had been drawing boarded.
Can anyone give an overview of advantages of VC, I remember way way back hearing about alphamosaic creating very low power to performance figures (i.e. power efficient GPU).
I was looking at this link the other day: http://linuxgizmos.com/ringing-in-2016- ... ndly-sbcs/
and seems theres huge numbers of new boards in the SOC market.
I guess that with a ready designed set of silicon building blocks (dsp, GPU, CPU, video processor, IO, DMA, bus topology, etc), it should be relatively easy to paste together the right blocks required to optimize a SOC for a given task.
VC4 still seems fast but mali seems to have newer 'MP' versions that have better GPUFLOPS http://gpuflops.blogspot.co.uk/
I assume MP meaning multiple processors cores?
I would have thought VC could just add a load more QPU processors to boost the GPUFLOPS, the question is how power efficient VC is compared with mali or other GPU available???
Does anyone know what broadcom may have planned that could flow down into future rpi, will there be new VC chips designed for 4k HD sony TVs or bluray players?
Seems strange to pay for GPU driver development if the platform is dumped?