Enhancing the Capabilities of the Smallest Devices

Arm Helium technology is the M-Profile Vector Extension (MVE) for the Arm Cortex-M processor series. Helium is an extension of the Armv8.1-M architecture and delivers a significant performance uplift for machine learning (ML) and digital signal processing (DSP) applications.

With Helium, Arm Cortex-M processors can manage the compute challenges in many applications, such as audio devices, sensor hubs, keyword spotting, and voice command control, power electronics, communications and still image processing.

There are similarities between Helium and the Advanced SIMD technology for Arm Cortex-A processors, which is called Neon. However, Helium has been designed from the ground-up for efficient signal processing performance in small processors, and provides many new architectural features to unlock new applications.

Features and Benefits
Well-Established Ecosystem

Many OEMs, software providers, and tools partners within the Arm ecosystem are supporting the development of Helium and are ready to build the next wave of compute.

Enhanced Performance

Helium provides up to five times the performance improvement for common signal processing tasks, and up to 15 times performance uplift for machine learning.

Designed for Security

Helium works together with TrustZone to make an excellent base for implementing Platform Security Architecture (PSA) compliant systems.

Simplified Development

Developers can benefit from a simple programmer’s model and one toolchain to reduce development efforts and costs.

Talk with an Expert

Interested in speaking with someone about Helium or joining the established Helium ecosystem? Talk to an Arm expert today.

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