Arm aims to take machine learning to mainstream and low-end devices with the launch of its new neural processing units (NPUs). The company is unveiling the Ethos-N57 and Ethos-N37 NPUs, which it will license to chipmakers who can integrate it into their products. The idea is to extend the range of Arm machine learning (ML) processors to enable artificial intelligence (AI) applications in mainstream devices. The company also unveiled the Mali-G57 graphics processing unit (GPU). This is the first mainstream Valhall architecture-based GPU, delivering 1.3 times better performance over previous generations.
Pine64 has released a budget-friendly single-board computer with the high-powered Rockchip RK3399 system on chip (SoC). Available from around $60, the RockPro64 board comes in two flavors, either with the hexa-core RK3399 SoC or the RK3399Pro, Rockchip's first "artificial-intelligence processor" unveiled at CES2018, which combines a CPU, GPU and neural-network processing unit (NPU). As noted by CNX-Software, a number of RK3999-based boards have been released in the past week but, priced at around $200 each, they've been aimed at business customers rather than home developers. The RockPro64 with 2GB RAM will cost between $59 and $65 and will be available from March, while the RockPro64-AI will cost $99 but won't be available until August 1, according to Pine64's announcement. The hexa-core SoC consists of a dual-core ARM Cortex-A72, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, and quad-core Mali-T860MP4 GPU.
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Machine learning is fuelling the current artificial intelligence boom and, to allow computer systems to process the vast amounts of data required, a new breed of computer chips is being created. UK chip designer ARM has revealed its latest line of CPUs and GPUs specifically designed for these AI devices. Called Cortex-A75, Cortex-A55, and Mali-G72, the processors use the firm's DynamIQ technology. It's claimed the A75 allows for a "massive single-thread compute uplift," Nandan Nayampally, the firm's vice president and general manager for compute products said, while the A55 is designed for a greater processing efficiency, and the G72 GPU was created for VR, gaming, and machine learning processes. DynamIQ technology is claimed to create "energy-efficient CPUs" and increases what the processors are capable of.
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.
At Computex this year, chipmakers are looking to bring their processors up to date with support for modern technologies - machine learning, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality. ARM, the British semiconductor company (now owned by Softbank) creates reference ARM designs that other OEM's follow. The company will announce its latest ARM Cortex-A75 processor design, which the company claims will provide 22 per cent improvement in performance over the previous Cortex-A73 design. Alongside the A75 design, ARM will also be unveiling the Cortex-A55 design which is expected to provide the highest power efficiency in mid-range processors. In addition, the company will also unveil the Mali-G72 graphics processor which will be a 25 per cent improvement over the erstwhile Mali-G71.
On the eve of Computex, Taiwan's big showpiece event where PC makers roll out the latest and best implementations of Intel CPUs, mobile rival ARM is announcing its own big news with the unveiling of a new generation of ARM CPUs and GPUs. Official today, the ARM Cortex-A75 is the new flagship-tier mobile processor design, with a claimed 22 percent improvement in performance over the incumbent A73. It's joined by the new Cortex-A55, which has the highest power efficiency of any mid-range CPU ARM's ever designed, and the Mali-G72 graphics processor, which also comes with a 25 percent improvement in efficiency relative to its predecessor G71. The efficiency improvements are evolutionary and predictable, but the revolutionary aspects of this new lineup relate to artificial intelligence: this is the first set of processing components designed specifically to tackle the challenges of onboard AI and machine learning. Plus, last year's updates to improve performance in the power-hugry tasks of augmented and virtual reality are being extended and elaborated.
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.
The still-unannounced Huawei P10 has surfaced again in newly leaked renders. This time around, however, it appears as though the device's full specifications have been leaked as well. The Huawei P10 will be powered by the 64-bit octa-ocre 2.3GHz Kirin 960 system-on-chip (SoC) with a Mali G71 GPU, 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage, according to Android Headlines. The leaked low-res render of the Huawei P10. As for its external design, the Huawei P10 appears to have a dual-curved display while still retaining the metallic frame.
Huawei has made a name for itself by partnering with Google on the final Nexus phone and selling affordable, feature-packed handsets in China, but now the company is looking to stand on its own in the U.S. Not only is it finally launching its 6.9-inch Mate 9 phablet to the States, it's bringing along a new friend along for the trip: Alexa. Among the features of the Mate 9--aside from its giant 1080p display--are a 4,000 mAh battery, 5A fast charging through its SuperCharge technology, and a Leica-made dual-lens camera that combines a 12MP standard camera with a 20MP monochrome one to capture more depth and detail. Also on board is Huawei's Hybrid Zoom system that delivers 2x magnification, and a 4-in-1 hybrid auto-focus that combines "laser focus, phase detection focus, depth focus, and contrast focus." The Mate 9 is powered by Huawei's in-house Kirin 960 chipset, which features an ARM Cortex-A73/A53 Octa-core CPU and Mali G71 Octa-core GPU.