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All posts tagged "arm"

  • Expect new AI chip next year, smart speaker tech everywhere – Arm

    Between instruction sets and hardware designs, Arm influences 99.9% of the smartphone industry. So the company's views are key to understanding where the industry at large is going next. For one, the mobile industry is pushing for ever smaller smartphone chip designs, which will yield greater efficiency and thus better battery life. Top-end phones are all packing 10 nanometre (nm) chip designs -- a strand of human DNA is roughly 2.5 nanometres by comparison. Meanwhile, in the budget space, we've seen 14nm chips from the likes of Qualcomm (e.g. Snapdragon 625, 630, 660) while Mediatek's new Helio P60 (announced at MWC) will...

  • Expect budget smartphones to get AI processors soon

    Last year saw AI chips land inside premium smartphones, as Apple and Huawei sought to beef up tasks like system performance, camera quality and, well... augmented reality emoji. But could this hardware ever come to budget phones? And when could we expect this to happen? We asked Jem Davies, fellow and general manager of the machine learning group at UK chip kingpin Arm, during our trip to MWC. "Yes , so traditionally you would expect a new technology like machine learning or whatever, to appear in super smartphones, premium...

  • This new tech will enable 4K/60fps, HDR in your budget phone

    British chip designer ARM is responsible for 99% of all smartphone tech on the market today, so when the company reveals new designs, the industry inevitably sits up straight to take notice. Now, the company has revealed new designs in its GPU, VPU (video processing unit) and DPU (display processing unit) lineup -- and they look poised to bring 4K/60fps video technology to cheaper/mainstream smartphones, smart TVs and other devices. New graphics for cheaper phones, streaming boxes ARM's Mali graphics range powers everything from Huawei to Samsung flagship phones, but it's also given its budget GPU range a boost with the G-52 and G-31...

  • 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...