New ARM Architecture Offers A DynamIQ Response To Compute

Posted March 22, 2017

According to ARM, DynamIQ can accommodate up to eight cores on a single cluster, with each core offering different levels of performance.

Redmond also gave ARM a little bit more love last week when it announced that it would allow for Windows Server OS to run on the company's chips.

Building on a decade of innovation, ARM is unveiling its next step in multi-core technology with DynamIQ - a multi-core microarchitecture that will serve as foundation for all new Cortex-A processors.

Chip design firm ARM has unveiled its Dynamiq technology to make better multicore processors that can handle artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and new kinds of devices.

ARM's Nandan Nayampally, vice president and general manager of the CPU Group at ARM, expects the new DynamIQ architecture to be released as part of the new generation of Cortex-A chips later this year and to first appear in products by 2018. DynamIQ big.LITTLE carries on the "right processor for the right task" approach and enables configurations of big and LITTLE processors on a single compute cluster which were previously not possible.

Up to eight cores can be designed into each DynamIQ cluster and each of these can have different characteristics. The operating system would take advantage of these options by assigning the appropriate tasks to the right processor, and whichever one wasn't in use would go to sleep. 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. But although that focus has allowed the company to crush Intel Corp. and utterly dominate the smartphone industry, its chips don't pack enough punch for newer applications like machine learning and virtual reality.

Krewell sees the new design being relatively weak for the sensors and wearables that can act as endpoints in the internet of things, since many of those run on the Cortex-M architecture. "DynamIQ technology will be pervasive in our cars, our homes and, of course, our smartphones, as well as in countless other connected devices where machine learning is applied".

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