Arm ML processors bring AI to mainstream devices

October 23, 2019 //By Ally Winning
Arm ML processors bring AI to mainstream devices
Arm has launched two new mainstream machine learning processors to give everyday devices access to high-performance AI.

The company also launched two new Mali graphics and display processors for the latest media IP solutions.

The new IP suite includes:

  • The Ethos-N57 and Ethos-N37 NPUs for AI applications which balance ML performance with cost, area, bandwidth, and battery life.

  • The Mali-G57 GPU is a Valhall architecture-based GPU intended to provide immersive experiences with performance improvements

  • The Mali-D37 DPU has a rich feature set in a small area, making it ideal for entry-level devices and small display screens

Ethos-N57 and Ethos-N37 NPUs

The Ethos-N57 and Ethos-N37 are part of the Ethos NPU range, which is designed to solve complex AI and ML compute challenges for everyday devices. Both the Ethos-N57 and Ethos-N37 are optimised around support for Int8 and Int16 datatypes and have advanced data management techniques to minimise data movement and associated power. They provide over double the performance of many other NPUs through techniques such as Winograd implementation.

Ethos-N57 offers a balance of ML performance and power efficiency and is optimised for the 2 TOP/s ML performance range.

Ethos-N37 has been designed to provide ML inference in a footprint under 1mm 2and is optimized for the 1 TOP/s ML performance range.

Mali-G57 is intended for premium intelligent and immersive user experiences with 1.3x better performance density across a range of content compared to Mali-G52, as well as 1.3x improvements in energy efficiency and foveated rendering support for VR. The device also offers 60 percent better on-device ML performance for complex xR workloads.

The Mali-D37 DPU provides extreme area efficiency, with the DPU configurable to an area of less than 1mm 2 on 16nm for Full HD and 2K resolutions. It offers system power savings of up to 30% through offloading core display tasks from the GPU and memory management features, including MMU-600. The Mali-D37 DPU still provides the key display features from the premium Mali-D71 device, including mixed HDR and SDR composition when combined with Assertive

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