More than 180 billion Arm chips have shipped

During its third fiscal quarter of 2020, Arm and its silicon partners shipped a record 6.7 billion Arm-based chips, resulting in a total of more than 180 billion Arm chips having now shipped.

Arm claims to be the leading processor architecture for IoT and embedded devices, having shipped a record 4.4 billion Arm Cortex-M based chips in the quarter, and the company also said the Arm Mali graphics processors remain the number one shipping GPU. Rene Haas, President, Arm IP Products Group, said the company’s ecosystem continues to grow, with Arm partners signing a record 175 new licenses during CY2020, bringing the total to 1,910 licenses and 530 licensees.

Arm-based chip shipments: 0 to 180 billion in 30 years
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Arm plans to move most of its design work to Arm-based cloud services over the next several years, according to a mid-December news release. The company intends to share its experiences, in an effort to encourage partners to design their Arm-based silicon on Arm-based cloud services.

For Arm, the advantage of the cloud is the ability to scale its computing power and storage faster and less expensively than by deploying servers and software for internal use by projects. Additionally, migrating services to the cloud gives its engineers more flexibility and freedom to sort out problems with its chips, and determine chip fit for an application or use care prior to a costly production run.

Since beginning its AWS cloud migration, the company has realized a six-fold improvement in performance time for EDA workflows on AWS, according to an Amazon news release. Also, by running telemetry (the collection and integration of data from remote sources) and analysis on AWS, Arm is able to generate more powerful engineering, business, and operational insights that help increase workflow efficiency and optimize costs and resources across the company. On top of these benefits, Arm expects to reduce its global datacenter footprint by at least 45% and its on-premises compute by 80% as it completes its migration to AWS.

Arm’s FY Q320 announcement can be found here.