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Arm v9 architecture introduced: a new level of performance, ray tracing and more

Arm has appeared with a new processor architecture after ten years. The new Arm v9 architecture promises multiple improvements and a 30% performance increase over the existing Arm v8.

After a decade, processor giant Arm announced a new architecture. Arm v9 includes three major improvements over the Arm V8 architecture introduced in 2011: safer, more efficient in terms of interaction with neural networks, and faster.

Arm v9 uses the Secret Computing Architecture (CCA), which protects sensitive data using a secure hardware environment. Thus, any application will be able to process data in an area protected from other programs and the operating system itself.

Scalable Vector Extension 2 (SVE2) technology will significantly speed up the processing of tasks related to machine learning, neural networks, augmented reality, and even 5G. This technology is also used in Fugaku, the world’s fastest supercomputer.

Arm v9 based processors will be released this year

Arm officials state that with the transition to the new architecture, the potential CPU performance will increase by 30% in the next two generations. According to the company, all existing software will run smoothly on Armv9-based processors. Arm v9 architecture will also allow the use of ray tracing and variable rate shading technologies.

The company believes the new Arm v9 architecture will provide a solid foundation for the more than 300 billion chips that will be used in devices of all kinds, from smartphones and laptops to servers, over the next decade. The first processors based on Arm v9 will be released towards the end of this year.

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