Arm will be extending it's reach in the next few years

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2019 - 12:28 PM |
Tagged: v8.1-M, arm, helium, cortex

Today ARM will reveal what it has up it's sleeves, with an announcement about their updated Armv8.1-M.  This will add M-Profile Vector Extension to the current model, which will give a boost to it's ability to process input locally, without needing to connect to the cloud for back up.  It will also include Low Overhead Branch Extensions which will optimize the performance of onboard memory.  These two improvements, along with the others which you can read about at The Registerr will make your IoT devices a little more powerful in a few years, once Armv8.1-M hits the market.

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"This technology is expected to be the foundation of future beefy Arm Cortex-M CPU cores that chipmakers can license and stick in their components."

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February 16, 2019 | 05:42 AM - Posted by tehrektifier (not verified)

its, not it's.

February 16, 2019 | 11:44 AM - Posted by chipman (not verified)

It seems english is not the native language of the news writer.

February 16, 2019 | 02:59 PM - Posted by ISAsAreGoingOpenStandardsBasedOnCPUsAndOtherProcessorTypes (not verified)

Arm Holdings is falling fruther behind its custom ARM ISA Only licensees in adding DSP, and AI/other related functional blocks to their custom Chip's IP feature sets.

So how much fruther will Arm holding's be behind by 2021 when it's mostly been Arm Holdings' Top Tier ISA licensees that are building much better custom Implementations that are engineered to execute Arm Holdings' Various 32/64 Bit ISAs.

So 2021 is a bit late and that's according to the refrenced Register article that states: "We understand chips using the Armv8.1-M architecture will hit the market in two years' time, so around 2021."

And ARM Holdings' Top Tier architectural licensees have way better custom CPU core implementations that are engineered to execute the ARMv8A ISA and other Arm Holdings ISAs.

ARM Holdings' has some more competition from RISC-V ISA based custom implementations that do not require any license fees for using the RISC-V ISA. And the company that now owns the MIPS ISA/IP is offering similar no pay ISA licensing for their most recient MIPS ISA only and that's more trouble for ARM Holdings's as the MIPS ISA has been around for 35+ years also.

What ARM holdings needs are more robust In-House Refrence Design CPU core blueprints for clients that do not have their own In-House chip design engineers to license. And that includes some wider order super-scalar Arm Holdings Refrence design 32/64 Bit CPU blueprints for licensing for the smaller companies to make use of that can better compete with Apple's A series and Sansung's Mongoose M3/Later series of custom ARM Core designs, ditto for Qualcomm's CPU core/Other procesor IP.

Western Digital/others with RISC-V and others with the latest MIPS ISA will not have to pay any Licensing fees to make us of the RISC-V ISA or the MIPS(Latest ISA Only) ISA and create their own cistom CPU core designs that are engineered to execute of the MIPS(Latest) or RISC-V ISAs.

So ARM Holdings(Softbank) needs to increase their licensable Refrence Design CPU core offerings in addition to their AI/Vector/DSP functional blocks', blueprints for license, portfolio. It's because with all the Free to use RISC-V/Latest MIPS ISAs options ARM Holdings' ISA(Only) licensing revenues are going to start drying up.

I'd even say that ARM Holdings itself had maybe better think about creating some in house custom CPU Core blueprints that are engineered to execute the RISC-V and MIPS(latest) ISAs that are ISAs that are free to anyone to use without licensing fees required.

At some point in time the only thing of value will be the actual CPU/Procesor's specific blueprints that will remain proprietary and can be licensed out for a fee while more processor ISA's will be becoming mostly free to use and open standards based like RISC-V/Others and become ISAs that can not be licensed for revenue generation.

Note: The ISA being free of licensing fees for anyone to license still Does Not Equate to the Processer's actual Blueprints/Implementation of any processor design, that can execute that free ISA, as also being free to make use of.

Just look at all the JEDEC/PCIe/USB-IF/Other industry Standards. Each of Those companies' specific products' design that makes use of the specific open standard is still proprietary because it's only the standard that is open. And Thus with RISC-V the CPU's ISA becomes an open standard just like any other open standard but not the specific company's proprietary CPU core implementation that can execute the RISC-V/Other Open ISA.

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