Arm has unveiled a series of new Arm Automotive Enhanced (AE) processors and new virtual platforms that together aim to accelerate automotive development cycles by up to two years.

The semiconductor and software design company announced that it would be launching technologies for automotive based on Armv9, the latest iteration of its processor architecture, enabling the industry to leverage its AI, security, and virtualization capabilities. Arm will also be bringing its server-class Neoverse technology to automotive, along with new Armv9-based Cortex-A products for scalability.

Among the products announced by Arm include the Arm Neoverse V3AE, which leverages Neoverse to deliver server-class performance for AI-accelerated autonomous and ADAS workloads. Two new v9-based Cortex-A processors are also in this line-up: the Arm Cortex-A720AE and Arm Cortex-A520AE. The former offers sustained performance with SoC design flexibility, for a broad range of SDV applications, while the latter provides enhanced power efficiency with functional safety features to scale across various automotive user cases.

Further along the Cortex portfolio, the Arm Cortex-R82AE presents automotive with a high-performance real-time processor for functional safety that delivers 64-bit computing to real-time processing. In addition to the Arm Mali-C720AE, a configurable ISP optimized for demanding computer and human vision use cases, Arm will also roll out a range of configurable system IP to enable its silicon ecosystem to deliver scalable, high-performance, automotive SoCs. In 2025, Arm is expecting to launch its first Arm CSS (Compute Subsystems) for Automotive, which will deliver pre-integrated and validated configurations of Arm AE IP optimized for performance, power, and area using a leading-edge foundry process.

The company also announced plans to enable virtual prototyping on its latest ARM AE IP, allowing automotive software developers to begin working before the physical silicon becomes available – accelerating development and production times. Arm confirmed partnerships with many companies, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cadence, Corellium, Siemens and others to deliver these virtual platforms and cloud solutions, which allow for earlier, more seamless, development across the full software stack. Further partners announced by Arm included Autoware Foundation, BlackBerry QNX, Elektrobit, Kernkonzept, LeddarTech, Mapbox, Sensory, Tata Technologies, Tier IV, and Vector.