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All posts tagged "arm"

  • ARM joins AI chip race, but when will it come to smartphones?

    UK chip designer ARM is the latest mobile company to offer an AI chip (they're calling their effort an ML processor), following in the footsteps of Apple and Huawei. The ML (machine learning) processor is designed for more offline inference, reducing the need to hook up to the cloud for machine learning tasks. This switch to more on-device machine learning is poised to deliver benefits in terms of privacy and data usage. However, the ML processor isn't going to hit production smartphones this year, ARM told Gearburn. "We're already engaged with lead partners, with final release of the processor due in the summer (2018)...

  • After Huawei and Apple, ARM is next with mobile AI processor

    Chip designer ARM crafts the technology powering all smartphones today, whether it's the instruction set or the CPU cores, the UK company is behind many key technologies. However, Huawei and Apple beat ARM to the punch with dedicated mobile AI silicon, in the form of the Kirin 970's NPU and A11 Bionic's neural engine respectively. Now, ARM has revealed its own ML (machine learning) processor, being designed for on-device inference. In other words, devices with this chip wouldn't have to hook up to the cloud as often. The UK company claims up to 4.6 TOPs (trillion operations per second) of performance for the...

  • Here’s why your budget phone might not be vulnerable to Meltdown, Spectre

    AMD, ARM and Intel have made headlines recently following the disclosure of processor exploits (dubbed Meltdown and Spectre). The exploits centre on the "speculative execution" feature in many processors, being heavily used by Intel. The focus seems to be on Intel for the most part obviously, being the biggest loser in the whole situation. But the exploits also affect ARM processors, powering the vast majority of smartphones on the market. There's a good chance that your mid-range or entry-level phone won't be affected by the exploits though, as ARM disclosed last week that its energy efficient A7, A53 and A55 cores (used in all...

  • Will Kirin 970 be first to use ARM’s new CPU, GPU cores?

    Huawei's Kirin 970 has apparently kicked off mass production, being expected to power the Mate 10 and a few other Huawei/Honor devices in the coming months. But the reports have also claimed that the processor is set to be marketed as the first "AI chip", which makes us wonder what could be the meaning of this... Last year saw the Huawei Mate 9 (review) marketed as having machine learning smarts, with EMUI 5 (Huawei's take on Android) using the technology to keep the phone brisk over time. So it's not the first time we've seen the company play with the tech. However, we...

  • Interview: Mobile kingpin ARM on what’s next in 2018

    Whether it's the architecture or actual hardware, UK-based ARM powers the vast majority of smartphones around the world today. Its architecture is licensed by the likes of Apple (and well, everyone), while their CPU and GPU designs are used by everyone from Alcatel to ZTE. In fact, there's pretty much a 100% chance that you've got a phone using their technology in some form. The company has kept itself busy in recent months, revealing its two latest CPU cores. For starters, we've got the Cortex-A75 core, being the latest in a line of regularly updated heavyweight CPU cores. More importantly for cheaper...

  • ‘Expect double the performance from 2018’s budget smartphones’

    We can expect next year's mid-range smartphones to effectively pack double the performance compared to current budget devices. This is according to Laurence Bryant, vice-president of the personal mobile compute business line at ARM. The performance boost is chiefly thanks to ARM's new CPU core designs and new tech for pairing these cores together. ARM is the company behind the architecture and CPU cores used in the vast majority of smartphones worldwide. From Alcatel, Apple and HTC to Sony, Samsung and Huawei, their technology is used by virtually all mobile players to some extent. The company is introducing a new Cortex-A75 CPU core for heavyweight...

  • Expect a massive leap for 2018’s budget smartphones

    We've already reported on ARM's new CPU cores, with the A75 core tipped to power 2018's flagship phones, while the graphics department also gets an update. However, the UK chip designer is also preparing to deliver what could be the biggest change to budget smartphones in quite some time. The A55 core brings a long-overdue upgrade ARM's heavy-lifting cores, used in many a flagship chip, have enjoyed regular upgrades, going from the A57, to the A72 to the current A73 core. But the new A55 marks the first time in three years that we've seen an upgrade to the designer's lightweight/budget cores. So...

  • These chips will power your 2018 flagship smartphones

    ARM is arguably the most important mobile company in the world, responsible for designing the CPU cores and graphics chips that get used in hundreds of millions of phones around the world. So when the UK-based company announces new designs, well, the rest of the mobile world takes notice. After all, Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung and Huawei use these designs when building their chips. Now, ARM has announced three new designs, in the form of a new heavyweight CPU core, a new lightweight core for power efficiency and a new graphics chip. ARM A75 - a CPU core for the machine learning era? The A75 succeeds...

  • In the ARMy now: Intel to make mobile chips for manufacturers

    Intel may be the king of desktops and laptops, but it hasn't had the best of luck in the mobile arena. Its attempts to bring x86 architecture to mobile didn't pay off, as the company promptly cancelled most of its mobile efforts in this sector. Now, Intel has announced it's back in the mobile game, albeit in a different role. The company will be putting its foundries to good use as it makes ARM chips for customers instead. Chips based on the ARM architecture/instruction set power the vast majority of smartphones these days, including devices from Samsung, Apple, HTC, Sony, Huawei,...

  • This ARM CPU, GPU will power some of 2017’s phones, VR

    Whether it's MediaTek, Samsung or Qualcomm, they all license CPU and GPU designs from British company ARM to some extent. Sure, many players are moving to their own custom designs for top-end products, but when ARM announces a new CPU, they all pay attention And that's exactly what happened at Computex in Taipei, as ARM revealed the A73 CPU core, succeeding the A72 core (used in the Huawei Mate 8, Huawei P9, Sony Xperia X, Xiaomi Mi Max and Samsung Galaxy A9). What to expect from the new CPU core then? It's clear that the company has focused on evolving the A72 and improving...