October 30, 2017 // By Peter Clarke, eeNews
Jem Davies, the engineer who lead ARM's move into graphics processing units (GPUs), has been appointed to the position of general manager of the machine learning group at ARM. That sends a message that ARM is – at last – taking machine learning seriously.
Machine learning is a new group at ARM and is not yet even acknowledged anywhere obvious on the company’s website. However, it would seem that Davies' appointment is a tried and tested strategic move to get ARM into a business that others are pioneering and which it now wants to share in, and ultimately lead. This is what Davies did for ARM in GPUs. Prior to his leadership on GPUs ARM had been co-marketing Imagination GPUs alongside its own processor CPUs.
Over a considerable time ARM went from being an additional player in GPUs to a market leader with the combination of Cortex processor and Mali graphics cores and the result has ultimately been the collapse of Imagination and its proposed sale to Chinese venture capital interests