ARM is unveiling its first Dynamiq processor designs today, and the company said that the family will boost artificial intelligence performance by more than 50 times over the next three to five years. The new family aims to spread AI processing from the edge to the cloud. The processors include the ARM Cortex-A75, which delivers massive single-thread compute performance at the high end; the ARM Cortex-A55, a high-efficiency processor; and the ARM Mali-G72 graphics processor, which expands the possibilities for virtual reality, gaming, and machine learning on premium mobile devices, with 40 percent more graphics performance. ARM's partners are expected to launch chips in 2018. To better handle AI processing, ARM realized that it needs to make basic changes to the computing architecture, with faster, more efficient, and distributed intelligence between computing at the edge of the network (like in smartphones and laptops) and in the cloud-connected data centers, said Nandan Nayampally, vice president and general manager of the Compute Products Group at ARM, in a blog post.
ARM has unveiled a set of new processors to provide the brainpower for our mobile devices to cope with advanced artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) technologies. On Monday, the British semiconductor giant said the new Cortex-A75 and Cortex-A55 processors, alongside the new Mali-G72 graphics processor, have been designed to "address the changing nature of computers driven by AI and other more human-like experiences." "Distributed intelligence" is at the heart of this trend, which includes connecting AI and the cloud, on-device learning, enhanced security and privacy, and the use of 4K, HDR, and 5G for more "human-like" interfaces. ARM says that by providing low-power, efficient and powerful processors, device vendors will be able to explore the possibilities of distributed intelligence, and the new Cortex-A architecture enables system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture designers to scale up to eight cores in a single cluster. The Cortex-A75 and Cortex-A55 have been designed with this concept in mind.
Smartphone chip designer ARM Holdings plc showed off its latest microprocessor design today, touting its ability to support intelligent systems in everything from phones and personal computers to connected cars and more. The new multi-core, micro-architecture goes by the name of DynamIQ, and will serve as the foundation for the next generation of Cortex-A processors, the company said. ARM's microprocessors have traditionally been focused on powering smartphones and tablets, but the company said DynamIQ is flexible and versatile enough that it can support intelligent systems on just about any kind of device. The new design marks a big departure for ARM, whose chips have until now always been focused on power efficiency in order to deliver a longer battery life. But although that focus has allowed the company to crush Intel Corp. and utterly dominate the smartphone industry, its chips don't pack enough punch for newer applications like machine learning and virtual reality.
ARM Unveils DynamIQ Microarchitecture that Centers on AI and Machine Learning ARM has unveiled a new multi-core microarchitecture called DynamIQ, which is designed for future Cortex-A processors that will serve the automotive industry, homes, smartphones, and other connected devices. It is an evolution of ARM's big.LITTLE technology, which pairs big and little processors, now allowing big.LITTLE configurations of up to eight different CPU cores on a single compute cluster for the first time. ARM claims that DynamIQ big.LITTLE configurations can now feature 1 3, 1 7, and other core configurations that we haven't seen before, allowing the birth of SOCs designed with right-sized compute and heterogeneous processing. Later this year, DynamIQ will bring several new features, capabilities, and benefits to ARM's Cortex-A processors, including new dedicated processor instructions for machine learning and AI, increased multi-core flexibility, more performance within restricted thermal budgets, and safer autonomous systems. Moreover, ARM's DynamIQ technology will allow future Cortex-A processors to deliver a 50 times boost on AI and 10 times faster response between the CPU and on-chip accelerator.
Can ARM chips compete neck-and-neck with Intel and AMD on benchmarks? That could be happening sooner than you think. Starting next year, ARM processors will get significantly faster thanks to big changes in the company's Cortex-A chip designs. ARM isn't known for superfast chips; it is instead mainly associated with power-efficient chips that give long battery life to devices. That focus has helped the company succeed in mobile devices, an area where Intel's power hungry chips failed.