Semiconductor technology firm Arm Ltd has launched a chip technology aimed at putting artificial intelligence (AI) functions on small devices including sensors that are designed to detect patterns in human speech. The SoftBank owned company has introduced two new AI-capable processors — the Arm Cortex-M55 and Ethos-U55, a neural processing unit (NPU). The AI chips are designed for the Internet of Things (IoT) endpoint devices.
The two chips that are designed to optimize energy consumption will hit the market in 2021. Arm claims together both the chips will deliver an increase of up to 480 times in machine learning (ML) performance, in particular voice and vision scenarios.