ARM releases new processors

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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. Based on ARM’s DynamIQ big.LITTLE technology, the first in line to use DynamIQ, each core is used as the “right processor for the right task,” diverting commands and control depending on application and system tasks, thereby improving overall power usage and efficiency.

As each core can have different performance and power characteristics — and the Cortex-A processors also contain dedicated processor instructions for machine learning and AI tasks — ARM says it is possible for AI performance to increase by over 50 times during the next three to five years.


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