"This boosts innovation in SoCs designed with right-sized compute with heterogeneous processing that deliver meaningful AI performance at the device itself", Nayampally continued. Known as DynamIQ, the new technology will be heading to automotive, smart home, smartphone, and other connected device markets in the near feature.
The company's big.LITTLE technology previously required CPU cores to be arranged in clusters of four cores each in both the big and LITTLE portions of the SoC. DynamIQ allows chip designers more flexibility when setting up core configurations, like 1+3, 1+7, or 2+4.
ARM boldly claims that the next 100 billion ARM-based chips will power forward thanks to DynamIQ big.LITTLE and the "total computing" approach embraced by the company. Toss in some new SIMD instructions, faster memory and caches, and the intrinsic advantages of a new CPU core designed five years hence, and it's no longer insane to think ARM could deliver a performance advantage that huge in specific workloads in such a short period of time (subject, of course, to power and thermal constraints). Every core in this cluster can be a different implementation and a different core and that brings substantially higher levels of performance and flexibility. Switching software tasks will be faster and more efficient through independent frequency control of individual processors.
"As systems get more complex, we need to redefine how multiprocessing works", ARM General Manager Nandan Nayampally said during a press briefing on Monday. ARM has also redesigned the memory subsystem (shared across all cores) to not only improve power management, but to also to speed up data access.
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The DynamIQ cluster technology will allow up to eight completely different cores to be used in a big.LITTLE style.
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ARM, the holding company that designs chips powering billions of smartphones, cars, and mobile devices, announced a platform on Monday that promises drastic improvements in performance and efficiency. With that in mind, Cortex-A processors designed for DynamIQ technology can be optimized to deliver up to a 50x boost in AI performance over the next three to five years, ARM says, as well as up to 10x faster communications with tightly coupled on-chip hardware accelerators.