ARM showcases DynamIQ technology

Posted on Tuesday, Mar 21 2017 @ 17:01 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
ARM talked about DynamIQ, a new set of technologies that will be incorporated by the next-generation of ARM chips. Among other things, this includes a new single-cluster design, as well as a variety of power delivery, power control, connectivity, and topology features. Some of these changes promise to make the ARM platform more attractive for external accelerators for AI applications.
The most visible aspect of this technology is the new single cluster design. Previous clusters in big.LITTLE implementations were a bit more static in what they could achieve. Certain numbers of CPUs had to be present, power delivery was not granular, and most power savings were due to turning off CPU cores. ARM has changed this with DynamIQ. It now allows up to eight CPU cores of different capabilities. It also allows a great amount of flexibility in what cores it uses in any type of numbers that a partner decides they need. If a partner determines that their usage case requires 1 big core, 3 small cores, and a dedicated media accelerator then it has the ability to design such a SoC without limitations.
A full run-down can be read at PC Perspective.


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