Arm Ltd, a British chip technology company owned by SoftBank Group Corp, announced its latest micro controller design and two new systems on Tuesday, aiming to speed up the creation of connected devices for the so-called “internet of things.”
SoftBank is looking to publicly list Arm after Nvidia Corp’s agreement to buy it fell through due to regulatory hurdles.
According to Mohamed Awad, vice president of internet of things and embedded at Arm, the Cortex-M85 microcontroller will help improve artificial intelligence operations such as voice recognition on devices such as smart home products and drones. According to the business, the M85 processor is 20% faster than the previous M55 chip for machine learning applications.
Arm technology is the back-bone of all physically manufactured chip
Arm provides chipmakers and electronics companies with the underlying blueprints for chips, which they can tweak and send to foundries to be manufactured into physical chips. According to Awad, Arm is increasingly releasing designs for sets of chips, or systems, that may work together.
It debuted a keyword recognition system in October, and on Tuesday, it announced two more systems, the Corstone 310 and 1000, that can be used for voice recognition, security cameras, and payment systems.
“When I talk to my ecosystem partners, what I hear more and more is, hey, we’re strapped for resources; we’re trying to get a lot done; what can you do to help us get to market more quickly? And this is really our answer to it,” said Awad.
Arm has also expanded the number of chip designs that can be virtually tested in the cloud, allowing software developers to create new software before the chip is delivered. For decades, most computing systems were developed by first completing chips and hardware, then passing prototypes to software developers to build code for the chips.