ARM unveils new chips made for smaller devices
February 11, 2020

These chips don’t need a cloud connection to work.

ARM has just unveiled a new chip that focuses on Edge AI. Dubbed as the new trend in chipset technology, Edge AI on chips means that data processing happens onboard the chip and doesn’t need the cloud to work. Normal smartphones are capable of this, but it looks like now it is making its way to smaller IoT devices.

The two new ARM chips include the Arm Cortex-M55 and the Ethos-U55. The Ethos-U55 is a neural processing unit that was made to be paired with the Cortex-M55 to handle more intensive tasks. These chips perform similar tasks on newer smartphones for example, where it can utilize AI to help you take a better photo or intelligently sort your photo gallery.

In most IoT devices, it usually pairs with your smartphone or stays connected to the internet so that it properly functions. The addition of Edge AI-based chips means that it doesn’t need to be paired with any device and can independently work on its own.

It was mentioned as well that the chips can help more gadgets perform tasks without having to rely on the cloud. A camera, for example, can be used as a sensor to avoid obstacles. You can even use live translation apps offline.

It’s definitely an interesting new innovation in the world of IoT devices – though ARM says that we will only see devices running the new Arm Cortex-M55 and the Ethos-U55 chips by July next year.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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