ARM Prepares For AI Revolution With DynamIQ Technology
In a bid to sell ever more of its microprocessors, ARM will be implementing a new multi-core microarchitecture in the next 100 billion chips coming off the conveyor belt in the coming years. Called DynamIQ, the new technology will allow for better machine learning and likely find use in applications as diverse as self-driving cars, IoT devices and anything else reliant on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Though that number of 100 billion may seem like a pipe dream, fact is that ARM sold half that between 1991 and 2013 — with manufacturing hitting the billion mark every quarter by 2009 — and the other half in just the last few years. With the company’s microprocessors present in every conceivable piece of mobile tech, ARM expects to hit 100 billion units sold by 2021, effectively doubling the amount of sales between the early 90s and now in just four years.
To meet ARM’s accelerated production, the company is betting hard on the growing demand for high-performance, low-powered chips that can, to a certain extent, think for themselves. This is where DynamIQ comes in: based on ARM’s big.LITTLE technology — allowing differently sized CPU clusters to be packed together so devices can switch devices on the fly — devices that have this new technology can switch even faster between tasks while also drawing even less power than its predecessors.
Chips with DynamIQ microarchitecture should find fans among any manufacturer making small, smart devices, but ARM’s biggest customers are likely found in the automotive industry. As self-driving cars need to, up to a point, be able to think by themselves to avoid collisions and the like, microprocessors that draw little power while offering great performance are exactly what is needed to keep autonomous vehicles on the road. 100 billion may seem like a lot, but if anyone is going to sell that many, it’s ARM.
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