Arm has unveiled the biggest overhaul of its technology in nearly a decade, with new designs targeting the markets currently dominated by Intel, the world’s largest chip maker.
The UK-based Cambridge company is adding capabilities to help the chips handle machine learning, a powerful type of artificial intelligence software. Additional security features will block more data and more computer code.
Improvements are needed to help spread the calculations beyond phones, computers and servers, Arm said. Thousands of devices and appliances are connecting to the Internet and gaining new capabilities by adding more chips and software and services powered by AI. The company wants its technology to be as ubiquitous here as it is in the smartphone industry.
“As we look to the future that will be defined by AI, we must lay the groundwork for leading calculations that will be ready to meet the unique challenges that lie ahead.” said Simon Segars, CEO of Arm. “Armv9 is the answer. It will be at the forefront of the next 300 billion Arm-based chips, driven by the demand for comprehensive specialized, secure and powerful processing built on the economy, design freedom and the availability of general-purpose computing. “
Arm sells processor projects and licenses a set of instructions – code that controls semiconductors – to companies such as Apple,, Samsung, and Qualcomm. Arm technology is widespread in the smartphone industry and is gaining ground in other markets such as personal computers and servers.
Intel dominates the markets for computer and server processors. But that grip is slipping away as customers like Amazon increasingly designing their own chips using Arm technology. With the release of its new Armv9 architecture, Arm is trying to consolidate its current position while giving customers the tools to compete better with Intel.
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