back to article Arm gets edgy: Tiny neural-network accelerator offered for future smart speakers, light-bulbs, fridges, etc

Arm is aiming two new processing unit designs at slimline AI workloads in smart speakers and other Internet-of-Things devices. The more powerful of the two, known as Cortex-M55, is a general microcontroller-grade CPU blueprint, while the other, named Ethos-U55, is essentially an AI accelerator. The Cortex-M55 is based on Arm's …

  1. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge

    Man, that seems like a lot of work . . .

    . . . optimizing IoT processors just to run Powerpoint.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Oh No...

    IoT is bad enough without devices having minds of their own...

    1. bombastic bob Silver badge

      Re: Oh No...

      Well consider this:

      a) your IOT device responds to voice commands by SENDING THE VOICE DATA TO A SERVER that hoovers up your personal information INCLUDING what you asked for [and requires 7/24 internet in order to work[

      - or -

      b) your IOT device responds to voice commands using an on-board AI system that requires little (or no) internet traffic in order to function

      I pick 'b'

      1. Brian Miller

        Re: Oh No...

        So what's to stop your IdiOT from still sending all that wonderful data back to the mother server for integration into the silicon all-mind for the purpose of optimizing advertising to change your mind about which toilet paper to buy?

        (Hint: just steal your toilet paper from work. They have plenty.)

        1. Halfmad

          Re: Oh No...

          Legislation, trust and crossing fingers that not security researches proves they are doing it?

        2. P. Lee

          Re: Oh No...

          "AI" is just the PR cover for that process.

  3. Colin Miller


    When will we end up with Sirius Cybernetic Corp smart light bulbs with Genuine People Personality? Which are either deliriously happy to light out way or sulk and refuse to work lest we injure ourselves in a task that they help facilitate

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    2. Rol

      Re: SCC GPP

      Now if you'd suggested a psychotic toaster, that loves to toy with lesser toasters before gleefully spilling their innards out and grinding them into spare parts I'd sign up for it.

      Perhaps Uncle Sam could upgrade it with the opposing thumbs it always wanted, to better throttle the life out of anything and everything around it?

      Ah! Old World Blues. The funnest DLC ever!

  4. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    How do these neural networks rate in comparison with, say, the fragment of a Drosophila brain?

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