The so-called Internet of Things — encompassing everything from smart fridges to fitness trackers — has turned all kinds of products into computers. And every single computer needs a processor, and those processors consume power.
This is why it’s important to have a whole different class of chip for devices without a traditional user interface — “embedded” processors. ARM, the company that has chip tech is in almost every smartphone today, just gave the category a big upgrade.
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The company’s 32-bit Cortex-M7 chip architecture is a big step up from the previous top-of-the-line, the M4. ARM says it has double the performance, allowing it to deliver more sophisticated functionality to products, including smart appliances, in-car systems (think: parking assist) and even drones. …