The idea there was that a designer would pair a "big" processor that was powerful, but more power hungry, with a "little" CPU that was able to perform some tasks without sucking up a phone's battery life.
Above: ARM illustration shows big.LITTLE computing. DynamIQ enables configurations of processors in a single cluster which were previously not possible.
It is unlikely that ARM DynamIQ processors will pop up in smartphones for a while. This is bad news for Intel because it is mostly its home turf and is now getting increasingly squeezed. ARM's new tech also offers "substantially more granular and optimal control" over the cores.
The new multi-core, micro-architecture goes by the name of DynamIQ, and will serve as the foundation for the next generation of Cortex-A processors, the company said.
Importantly, each CPU core's voltage, operating frequency, and sleep state can be controlled individually, which allows for fine-grain control over performance and power consumption.
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The new design is still based on ARM's older big.LITTLE architecture, which was introduced back in 2011. The DynamIQ architecture also adds faster access to accelerators for artificial intelligence or networking jobs, and a resiliency that allows it to be used in robotics, autonomous driving, or any other application where a device uses lots of compute locally rather than over the network. Each core can run at a different clock speed so a company making an ARM SoC can tailor the silicon to handle multiple workloads at varying power efficiencies.
ARM today announced DynamIQ technology that will change the multi-core ARM experience across a greater range of devices from edge to cloud across a secure, common platform. "This boosts innovation in SoCs designed with right-sized compute with heterogeneous processing that deliver meaningful AI performance at the device itself", Nayampally continued.
ARM, the power that is when it comes to mobile CPU core designs (yes, even Apple's distinguished chip designers start with ARM cores), announced DynamIQ - a technology set on accomplishing a 50x performance boost in AI-related calculations over the next three to five years.
Safer autonomous systems: DynamIQ brings greater levels of responsiveness for ADAS solution and increased safety capabilities which will enable partners to build ASIL-D compliant systems for safe operation under failure conditions.