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Update on the Community

Will you get a timely response to your discussion in the ARM Connected Community? Part of the formula for a successful community is the confidence a member has that their question will receive a reply. Let me share some impressive data with you. Since launching the community at ARM TechCon in October 2013, 1,288 discussions have been asked and 1,140 have responses - that's nearly 90%, which is pretty impressive! A huge thank you to all of the members and ARM experts for sharing your ARM knowledge with others.

 

If you have asked a question in the community and received a correct answer, it would be very helpful if you can mark the reply as 'correct' (and other replies as 'helpful'). Once you mark the correct answer, the reply automatically rises to the top of the thread - making it easier for the next member with the same question to find the answer. This is also helpful for others to differentiate which questions are still awaiting a correct answer.

 

See the visual below on how you can differentiate discussions that have been marked as correct.

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Tip: You can easily search for unanswered questions by clicking the 'Content' tab on the top menu bar --> Click the 'Discussions' tab --> Select 'Open Questions' from the drop-down menu

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Please keep in mind the community traffic dips down from Friday evening through Sunday evening as many members and experts are away from their computers. Your question asked during this time will most likely receive a reply on the following Monday.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each Group.

 

Featured User

Dan White of DSP Concepts is great asset to the community of experts. His specialties include optimizing code for ARM processors at both the C and assembly levels, embedded design, digital design, computer architecture, and adaptive signal processing

 

Featured Partner

Allwinner had a busy week. They announced that its first 64-bit tablet processor should hit the market by end of 2014 and $4 Allwinner A33 Quad-core Tablet Processor Now in Mass Production

 

Tip - Poll Community Members

Do you want to know what community members think about something? Create a poll in one of the groups you would like people to find the poll in. After you post your question and the possible answers, your poll will show up for other people to vote on.

 

To create a poll:

  1. Visit one of the Groups
  2. Click 'Create a poll' from right Actions
  3. Give the poll a title and description. The title will appear above the list of options in the published poll, so you should use it as the poll's question. The description will appear on the page that lists the poll's full results
  4. In the Choice 1 and Choice 2 boxes, type in answer options
  5. Add any tags to the poll so it will show up in searches
  6. Click Advanced Options > Change voting options. From there, set the date you want to publish the poll (immediately or a specific date) and when you want voting to end (on a specific date, in X amount of days, or manually)
  7. Click Create

 

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, Email, you could even phone me!

 

It would be useful for us to have feedback on what you think is good and what isn't, so we know what to try and change and what not to interfere with...

Please take a minute to tell us.

Update on the Community

Do you know we have a Chinese Community here in the ARM Connected Community? Here it is 中文社区 - a place for Chinese language members to network and gain knowledge for your ARM-based projects. My name is Bin Song 宋斌, the Chinese Community Manager and I work out of the ARM office in Shanghai, China.

Chinese members are welcome to post blogs or any other technical documents in the Chinese Community - and if you ask a question in Chinese, we have many Chinese language experts ready to help you. It's not just a place for Chinese Partners though - I'd also like to extend an invite to all of our ARM Partners and encourage your Chinese technical employees to become involved in the community.

I am your Chinese contact if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you in the Chinese Community!

Featured Content
Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

Featured User

We have many great members in the Chinese Community. I would like to introduce wangyong, a fantastic engineer and very active in the ARM Processors Group and 中文社区. He has contributed some original blogs in Chinese Community. [原创] ARM可穿戴系统架构浅析, this blog is about the ARM wearable system architecture. I also want to say thank you to Wangyoung for being very helpful with the translation of a few English blogs so the Chinese Community can benefit from them, . [原创翻译]关于Cortex-A53需要了解首要的5件事. This is about Cortex-A53 and written by Brian Jeff.  We hope more Chinese members can join us and contribute to the Chinese Community like him!

Featured Partners

China partner Forlinx Embedded Technology, an embedded system solution provider, designs and manufactures ARM-based single board computers, CPU modules and peripherals - and they are good at commercial/industrial control solutions. There are interesting products and technological content on their partner page and they have been recently promoting an ARM Cortex-A8 based development board in China OK335xD-II Is on Promotion!!

Tip - Share Something

You can easily share any document, discussion, or blog post in the ARM Connected Community with a community member or non-member. Just navigate to the content you want to share and click Share from the Social Sharing menu. You can send a personalized message within the community or a link to the content, and, in some cases, even attach a PDF of the content to an email message. You can either choose someone who's a member of ARM Connected Community, or you can just enter an email address of someone you know - they'll automatically receive an invitation to join the community.

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Comment below, Ask, or Email now!

Update on the Community

Calling all Makers/Developers! Share your ARM-based projects in the community - we would love to see what you've been working on. It's a great opportunity to seek comments from other developers and gain some extra exposure for your project.

 

Thank you to Julio Enrique Fajardo, Paul Stoffregen and cabledev for sharing your projects:

Bionic RoboHand Prototype - Myoelectric controller based on DSP and Machine Learning

LED Video Panel at Maker Faire 2014: Concept and Development

mbed Smart Lighting Demo with code examples

 

Two items worth noting:

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Brazilian Electrical Engineering student Clovis Fritzen is putting his Freescale FRDM-K64F development board to use in his new weather station/datalogger project

 

Featured Partner

GPU Compute partner Aricent posted a great blog Parallel Computing: Architecting video software for multi-core heterogeneous platforms

 

Tip - Enhance your Profile

Your profile is your central identity in the ARM Connected Community. Community members will go there to learn about you, understand your expertise, and read content you've written. Make sure it's up to date. At a minimum, you should make sure to:

  • Upload a photo of yourself and create an avatar. An avatar is a quick thumbnail image of you. Most people use a smaller version of their photo for this but it's also fun to pick another image.
  • Enter your contact information, as much as you wish - remember you can also control who sees what information.
  • Enter a biography and skills. Tell other people about your background and what you're an expert in.
  • Tag yourself. Tags are a great, and succinct, way to describe yourself. This also helps ARM Connected Community's search engine find you if someone is looking for an expert.

 

Fantastic job by these members. Check their profiles for reference: Jacob Beningo, Peter Harris and Colin Walls

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, Email, you could even phone me!

 

It would be useful for us to have feedback on what you think is good and what isn't, so we know what to try and change and what not to interfere with...

Please take a minute to tell us.

Update on the Community

We're happy to announce the winners of  the ARM Connected Community Q2 Member Rewards Program, as well as share some of the most popular posts from the quarter.

 

A huge thank you to everyone in the community for your contributions - in Q2 the community received 370 blogs, 514 discussions, 1,220 likes, 1,141 new members, 100,000+ page views per week and 1,314 responses on content. These stats are proving the ARM Connected Community is quickly becoming the one-stop platform for anyone working with the ARM architecture.

 

The Top Employees and Members with the most points will be rewarded with an ARM Cortex-M4 powered Sphero Robot Ball plus a Nubby Cover which enables you to take it off-roading! The members will receive a gleaming trophy badge for their profile.

 

 

The Rewards Programs will continue into Q3 and points will not be carried over - so you're all now on even field.

 

 

Top 3 Employees with Most Points

Lori Kate Smith, Sr. Manager Partner Marketing

Peter Harris, Mali Software Architect*

Chris Shore, Training and Education Manager

Chris Varnsverry, Software Engineer

Note: * denotes this Employee was rewarded in Q1 and you can only win once per calendar year. Peter, I want to personally say thank you on behalf of all the members you have helped in the community - experts like yourself is what is helping with the success of the ARM Connected Community!

 

Top 3 Members with Most Points

pravinchanm, frequent discussion contributor to the ARM Processors group

jensbauer is a design engineer from Denmark that consistently lends his knowledge in helping others in the community. Jens is definitely someone you should be following.

Gergely Imreh spends most of his time in the Embedded group and has a current poll open wondering What operating system do your ARM devices use?

 

 

Most Viewed ARM Partners

Atmel

STMicroelectronics

Cypress

 

Most Viewed Groups

ARM Processors

ARM Mali Graphics

Embedded

 

 

Most Viewed Content

Collaboration at its best at Day One of Freescale Technology Forum with Crank Software, Carbon Design Systems, Greenhills Software and Freescale WaRP by Andy Frame (@andyframe_ARM)

Kickstarter: USB2Go - ARM based USB development board for Android by bmulej89

Introducing ARM Cortex-A17 – a New Performance Point in Mid-range Mobile by Stefan Rosinger

 

 

Popular Discussions

Microcontroller Development Board/Kit for Home Automation project by gdillen

Some questions in Porting to ARM 64-bit White Paper by larry

What is the GLops of Mali T628MP6? Can't get 17 flops per pipe using OpenGL. by chen2308

Does anyone know how I can remotely update code to distant arm system? by bojana.djukic

 

 

Feedback?

If you could take some time to tell us how you think we are doing, we would be delighted to get your feedback.

You can either comment here, contact us in private or by email: community@arm.com.

Update on the Community

Now we are starting the second half of 2014, let's look back a little. The ARM Connected Community was publicly launched at the end of October 2013. To make the comparison easy, we will count 9 months as we started to welcome members a bit before the front curtain was dropped.

 

You are now a few shy of 5,000 registered members (I do not count user accounts migrated from previous systems).

A minority of the members are ARM employees (8.7%) and most of employees have technical roles (76%).

 

The community was created to address quite a few needs. Before the community, ARM had blogs, forums, and partner profiles. Blogs were launched in 2010, so about 4.5 years before the community.

Here is a comparison only a few of the community goals.

  • Improve ease of contribution:
    • 910 blogs in previous 4.5 years,
    • 946 blogs in 9 months of the community.
  • Offer richer content:
    • Before you had blogs and forums (on an extremely frustrating system), and some text.
    • Now, you have status updates, blogs, discussions, collaborative documents with version control, polls, events, photo albums. We can even host/stream videos.
  • Increase engagement: lengthy registration form, cumbersome system and not really any incentive meant we didn't really have people joining... so even less engaging.
    • <50 comments in previous 4.5 years,
    • 1k comments,  4.5k likes in 9 months.
  • Increase event reach and coverage: physical events ( != webinars) have a significant cost to set up and we cannot all attend. We can all get more out of them!
    • DAC 2013 = 4 pieces + 0 comment / like.  Content from employees only,
    • DAC 2014 = 31 pieces + 66 comments + 95 likes.  Content also from Partners + attendees.
  • Increase Partner satisfaction: with 1000+ Partners in the ecosystem, we outgrew the system we had before. We also wanted to address sources of complaints.
    • Approvals took forever: approval removed and review is post-publication. Content must still be relevant to ARM technology.
    • Difficult to edit/copy content and very limited features: now an easy rich text editor where you can embed pictures, videos, PDFs...
    • Courses difficult to maintain: ARM Approved Training Partners can now edit the course details and dates within seconds.
    • Visibility of Partner product/services: search improved and relevant product/services advised in search results.

 

For the next 4 weeks, if you need any help and Community Help isn't appropriate, please contact Brad Nemire or community@arm.com as I will not be around...

 

Featured Content

Every week, except last, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Thanks Dr. Paul Beckmann for your explanation on Using CMSIS DSP Function: arm_fir_f32 - Correct Use?. CMSIS is a free library for you to make abstraction of the lower levels in MCU programming. Have a look at CMSIS - Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard to learn more and download the library and its components.

 

Featured Partner

Jacob Beningo from Beningo Engineering wrote a very useful guide on bootloaders in Bootloader Design for MCU's in Embedded Systems

 

AddInlineComment.pngTip - Add Notes to Presentations

You will notice that you can "Upload a file" in all our groups. Not only will the content of the file (PDF, DOC...) be indexed by the community search and recommendation engine, but you will also have a file viewer. The file viewer is available for logged in members on a browser with Flash.

In the viewer, you can add comments inline with the presentation/document.

This means you don't have to say "on page 24, paragraph 6, line 3, word 4..." but you just add the note where relevant.

For instance, if you look on The 64-bit ARM Surge, at the top of the viewer, you will have an "add inline comment" icon.

Just click and type. All comments, inline or not, can be shown at the bottom.

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, Email, you could even phone me!

 

It would be useful for us to have feedback on what you think is good and what isn't, so we know what to try and change and what not to interfere with...

Please take a minute to tell us.

Update on the Community

The maintenance last weekend was successful and all changes mentioned were rolled out.

I can already see the effects: now more content is created directly in the most appropriate topic area.

Over time we will be able to gauge if there is an increase of comments, now it is easier to make them.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Update on the Reward Program

Instead of the usual Featured Member and Featured Partner, let me promote a few more this week with an update on the reward program. Points/views are counted from 1st January 2014.

Giving a correct answer is 10 points so ranking can still change. Points in the table below were correct as of last night.

For members/employees, you have until the end of June.

For Partners, you have until the end of the year.

 

#ARM EmployeePointsMemberPointsPartnerViews
1Peter Harris*342superccc*473Atmel11,331
2Xingguang Feng315wangyong*264STMicroelectronics*8,372
3Chris Shore282pravinchanm*258Cypress4,442
4Chris Varnsverry264Brian Fuller206Cadence Design Systems3,815
5Lori Kate Smith263Gergely Imreh197Xilinx3,394

NOTE *: you can only win once. Members with a red star have either already won, or are well placed to win the Chinese reward program. So, you may be closer to the top than you think!!!

 

More on the program in Brad's blog Member Rewards Program, IoT Prototyping Workshop, How to Search for Partners and Products.

 

Tip - LaTeX Math Equation

You can now use some of the LaTeX syntax to include math equations in your content. Follow the guide: Using LaTeX Syntax for Maths Equations - Guide

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, Email, you could even phone me!

Update on the Community

The community will be under maintenance Sunday 15th June from 11am UK Time for ~1 hour (other time zones). The system will stay available for you to read and contribute but you might experience temporary visual glitches and slower performance.

Thanks to your feedback, we will do the following few changes to the community:

Ease Content Contribution

  • You will no longer need to join public groups before contributing. Today, if you haven't clicked "Join this group", you are unable to create, comment or select the group in the target place on the content creation page. We believe this step is not helpful and after a vote open to all community owners, we are removing it. We are not allowing guest contribution not to be swamped by spam, you will still need to be logged in.
  • Documents will be able to host up to 50 attachments. This was requested in order to attach multiple functions/firmware revisions without having to bundle them in the same compressed archive.
  • Highlight the need to login/register before commenting. Today, if you are not logged in, nothing tells you that the comment section is open and you simply are browsing as guest. Adding the mention "Login or Register to comment" will make it clearer for guests that logging in brings more features.

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LinksMenuTopicAreas.pngPeople

  • When you click on people in the top menu, you will now have the list of the latest people who registered.


Improve Navigation - Links

  • By default, the main topic areas are now available to everyone in the "links" dropdown menu in the top navigation. This allows you to quickly jump from ARM Processors to Embedded, for instance.
  • Guests also have these links available.
  • Every member can personalise their top 10 links. The bottom 5 stays the same for everyone: Links - Personal and Common to All Members.

We also did a couple of changes on the backend to ease the job of your community owners.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Thanks Vatsalya, for his tips on passing the AAE certification in Achieved "ARM Accredited Engineer" Status

 

Featured Partner

This week, we recommend you follow LineStream Technologies. Adam Reynolds has already published 4 blogs about control (PID, ADRC) and motor control.

 

Tip - Copy and Paste a Picture, or Upload from URL

This week tip comes from Philippe who discovered something I didn't know... even if I spend about 16h per day here

If you use Google Chrome browser, you can copy a picture from a website and paste it in the community content editor. Just a copy/paste!

There is a caveat to that: this is "hotlinking" the picture, so don't use this from your Intranet or a public site with a paywall because only You will see the picture.

 

If you want to upload a picture on the community that you have on a blog somewhere, on Windows, you can choose the option to upload a picture from your computer but, instead of selecting a file, you can paste a web URL. This will upload the picture on the community.

 

What Next?

We have received suggestions to improve the global homepage from several parties and are looking at ways to make them work together. The goal is to improve the usefulness of that homepage.

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, Email, you could even phone me!

Update on the Community

Already a week since the last update... and with almost 130 new pieces of content written, you have been very busy again. Of course, we also had many comments, replies and shares/likes on top of that.

Thank you for taking the time to create content and contribute to the community!

 

On the direction of the community, we keep looking at new use for the community, or broadening the adoption for existing use cases. (like we've done with Sensor Platforms Open Sensor Platform (OSP))

I have received a number of ideas to improve the community. For instance, it has been observed that not many people use the homepage prominent icons... so to increase the relevance of this homepage, better highlighting the featured content seems judicious. Now I need to see how this could be done practically and in a visually appealing manner.

If you also have suggestions, please don't keep them to yourself!

Similarly, if you see an error preventing you from doing something, please highlight it as we might not have seen it!

 

Also, we working to allow more code (snippets, functions, or package) sharing from ARM employees in the community: we recognise examples play an important role in understanding and developing with/on our technology.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

This is the week of Computex and DAC. These two important trade shows were the main subjects discussed.

But as every week we also had useful technical content!

 

Featured User

This weeks thanks go to a select field applications engineer from ARM. Thank you Ronan Synnott for being so helpful! Follow Ronan to learn how best use ARM development tools.

 

Featured Partner

With Brian Fuller on the challenge and Frank Schirrmeister telling us about system design at DAC we really got a lot from Cadence Design Systems last week!

 

Tip - Control How Many Emails You Receive

You think you receive too many emails? Or did you miss something you would have liked to know straight away?

We do NOT use the community to send you marketing or sales emails, and you have full control over the emails you receive.

By default, you will receive:

  • a weekly digest on thursdays: the latest activity and some metrics on content you contributed. You can change their frequency or stop them at any time from your user preferences.
  • notifications when someone mentions your name, when a document you wrote is edited, or when someone comments on content you created. Even if I believe you should keep these notifications, you can switch them off under the Inbox Email Preferences.

Finally, you can use custom streams to specify what you want to be emailed about: How To Create/Manage a Custom Stream?

 

Conclusion

Is something bugging you? Is something not working as you'd like it to? or are you especially happy with something/ someone on the community?

Don't be afraid to share or ask as my team is here to help! Comment, email, phone, SMS, postcard, the choice is yours.

Update on the Community

Thank you to all the members who have published blogs about their ARM-based projects in the community! Take advantage of our member's knowledge and pick their brains if you've hit a road-bump with your project, ask advice on what ARM partner's products or ARM technology you should use and if you have a project live on a crowd-sourcing website like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, this is a great platform to get some added exposure. ARM loves talking about new unique projects that ARM developers are incorporating into their designs - we will help promote your project via our popular social media channels.

 

Within the last week, the community received a total of 134 published posts, 48 blogs and we welcome the 82 new members!

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Follow Ellie Stone to stay up-to-date on ARM Mali Graphics news - she posts a great Mali Weekly Round-Up Blog every week

 

Featured Partner

Julie Clarke of Xilinx just published a lot of great blogs, one being about a unique new Kickstarter project from Tokyo Zynq-based Phenox Quadcopter micro-drone knows how to fly, responds to spoken commands, sounds, gestures

 

Tip - Upload a file

Have a lengthy White Paper or PowerPoint presentation? You can upload any file into the ARM Connected Community - just select Create --> Uploaded File, then drag and drop your file. Best of all, the content within the uploaded file is searchable. The following document will give you visual step-by-step guide on How To Upload Your Document

 

Note: Before publishing, be sure to tick the box to the left of 'In a Place' and select the appropriate place for it to be published.

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Comment below, Ask, or Email now!

Update on the Community

This week, we don't have any technical update: we are working on troubleshooting a few things, and investigating the launch of additional topic areas.

We have also welcomed the Open Sensor Platform technical support within the Sensor Platforms Partner space. And they received/answered their first question last week.

 

You only have until tomorrow (22nd May) to submit your abstract for ARM TechCon developer conference. Submit your speaking proposal now!

We are also getting close to the 51st Design Automation Conference (DAC), and you can see members have started to expose what they are going to do at the show.

Feel encouraged to ask them questions!

 

Featured Content

Nerf+Bullets[1].jpgEvery week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Thank you Zach Shelby for the popular ARM CoAP Tutorial April 30 2014. Zach is ARM Director of Technology for IoT, so if you want to know more about M2M and protocols, follow Zach.

 

Featured Partners

If you have never heard about the ARM Cortex-R5, have a look at Spansion Launches MCUs for Auto based on ARM Cortex-R5 and the key facts Linda Goncalves wrote for you.

You can find that blog in the Spansion Partner space.

 

Tip - Blog Scheduling

You have a few pieces of content ready to be published, but you don't want to post them all at once. Or, you have a product to be announced soon and you want to tell the community but not before your press release goes out?

Then you could use the blog scheduling feature. When you post your blog, you can select the date and the time it goes out. It will be one less thing to think about...

For information on how to post your blog in the future, please have a look at Delayed posting of blog or article  and Blog Scheduling Date Problem and Workaround

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Comment below, Ask, or Email now!

Update on the Community

We had an issue with uploading new videos on the community lately. Existing videos were not affected. It has now been fixed and you can upload new videos again.

You can also embed YouTube, YouKu, Dailymotion or Vimeo videos in your post.

If you use your web browser zoom functionality, you may have issues with the modal windows to add links, videos: they will look empty. Until I troubleshoot this, you need to reset the zoom to use them.

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Within the last 7 days, you created 86 new pieces of content and 72 new members registered.

 

Have you, like Jacob, already submitted your paper for the ARM TechCon developer conference in October? If you haven't, the call for speaker has been extended to the 22th May.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Thanks to a lot of new content and discussion contributed, Mark Saunders from Cypress is at the top again this week!!

 

Featured Partners

Atmel has been the most active Partner lately. Thanks Aharon Etengoff and Andreas Eieland, you not only have a lot of fresh information about the technology, but you also have people answering your questions. Follow them and their Partner space to be updated from the comfort of your own streams.

 

Tip - Not Publishing to "The ARM Connected Community Community"

Where you post your content will have a direct impact on its visibility. When you create content, unless this is personal and not related to the technology, do NOT post on your profile. Posting in "The ARM Connected Community Community" means on your profile, that is why there is a warning that this is not recommended.

Posting on your profile will greatly decrease your post potential audience as only your existing followers will be notified. Furthermore, if you post on your profile, you content cannot be featured on any of the topic area overview pages (ARM Processors, ARM Mali Graphics, ARM and Keil Tools...).

So think twice before you hide your valuable content on your user profile, the topic areas are for everyone to benefit from!

Read Where Should I Post My Content? - Guide for more details.

 

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Speak up: Comment below, Ask, or Email.

Update on the Community

It looks like it is a bad season for web vulnerabilities. After Heartbleed on OpenSSL, it is the turn of Apache with Strut zero day vulnerability...

Everything was fixed before members tried their preferred testing tools against the community (yes, we saw it...). To be on the even safer side, our SSL certificates were also changed.

But all that does NOT affect the usual practice of regularly changing your password. So, if you haven't changed your password for a while, maybe now is the time to do it.

 

Even if you don't need to register to access content, we are now 4,243 registered members on the ARM Connected Community.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

谢谢 Xingguang Feng. Xingguang has been particularly helpful during last week, answering technical questions.

 

Featured Partners

The 51st Design Automation Conference (DAC) is one month away. Partners who have joined the ARM Connected Community Pavilion are Ansys, Arteris, Cadence Design Systems,  Carbon Design Systems,  Lauterbach,  Memoir Systems, Mentor Graphics, NetSpeed Systems, Rambus,  Sonics, Space Codesign,  TSSI,  VLAB Works / ASTC and  Zocalo Tech. Read more about joining in Wenjun's recently updated ARM Events 2014 with Partner Participation.

 

Tip - ARM Employees in the Community

A question we regularly get internally but I think is worth also explaining to everyone. ARM Employees In The Community - FAQ gives some elements.

General ARM employees are not granted special accesses and they do not have more privileges than other members of the community.

The ARM Connected Community is for primarily here to help developers and Partners. ARM is more like a facilitator.

This is also why we don't do what we don't want members to do... or at least we try our best not to.

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Speak up: Comment below, Ask, or Email.

Update on the Community

Besides this new community being a great resource to find answers to your ARM-related questions, participate in discussions and read fantastic blogs from industry leaders - the ARM Connected Community also allows members to search and interact with ARM Partners that provides solutions based on the ARM architecture. We are happy to announce there are now 420+ active partners in the community! Each of these partners have an employee that is waiting to answer your question(s).

 

To search for an ARM Partner, visit Find a Partner and then filter by keyword(s) - happy browsing!

 

If your company is not yet an ARM Partner, complete the simple steps to join.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Gergely Imreh created a thermal printer photobooth in less than a day.

 

Are you working on an ARM-based maker project? If so, we'd love to read about it - share it with the rest of the community by posting a blog about your project in the Embedded Group.

 

Featured Partner

Going to COMPUTEX TAIPEI? Stop by the eyeSight Technologies booth to learn about their innovative touch-free technology

 

Tip - 5 Tips for a Better Blog

Like anything, you can always make it better.

 

Now that you've created your blog, it's time to take advantage of all the useful features the community platform provides. Below are five tips on how to better the look/feel of your blog as well as some tricks on how to get more eyes on your post.

 

  1. @mentions: When you use an @mention, it alerts the mentioned member, partner, and group that you’re talking about them and a notification of the activity flows into the Connections stream of the person or people in the group or place - thus, allowing your post to be seen by a wider audience. You can use @mentioning in blogs, status updates, direct messages, discussions, documents, and comments on content. This short video will teach you how to create an @mention.
  2. Rich Text Editor: The text editor has features to help you create content consistent with the rest of the community with little effort - such as, using the Syntax Highlighter to insert lines of code, embedding images and videos, and the ability to easily add a table. A complete visual 'how-to' can be seen here.
  3. Publish in a Group: When relevant, it is advised to post in one of the groups in the community (Android, ARM Processors, ARM Mali Graphics, ARM and Keil Tools, Embedded, Smart and Connected, SoC Implementation). See Where Should I Post My Content?  for the advantages of posting in a group. Note: In order to post/comment in a group, you must join that group first. To join, look at the right column in the group overview page and click join.
  4. Tags and Categories: After you select the place where you want to post, you see two additional fields: tags and categories (a category is a filter making it easier for member to filter content they view). Tagging your content is important, it allows you to tell the search and recommendation engine what is important in your document which then makes it easier for a future member to find your blog. The search indexes the full text, but by adding tags to your content, you can emphasize what is the most important in your content. Use the Recommended Tag List for reference.
  5. Provoke Discussion: Add an open-ended question to the end of your blog post to get the reader to comment with their thoughts. Each time a member comments on your blog, your blog will reappear at the top of the Activity Streams - which again, will get more views on your blog.

 

Thank you for all of your contributions - remember, a blog doesn't need to be a novel. Best practice is to keep them over 250 words and less than 1,000 words.

 

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Update on the Community

Community Membership - Technical vs. Marketing

First, I must stress that, by choice, we do not track individual users nor do we categorise profiles individually.

Therefore, apart from ARM employees, numbers are approximations based on assumptions. For instance, I assume that Partner space administrators are not technical but rather marketing/ communications. The definition of marketing used is a really wide one and it includes product marketing, communications and PR. Members primarily taking care of the community were not included in either categories. Also, I only counted users who logged in to this community since December: I don't include migrated accounts or curious people who logged in once around the launch date.

We have about 76% of technical members not working for ARM (so 24% marketing).

If we include ARM employees, then technical members represent 83% (17% marketing).


Would you agree this is an excellent mix to bring high level and technical product information, explain which direction we think the technology is going, and help remove roadblocks to your design success?

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Sharad Bairathi was the most active member last week. I invite you to look at his contributions in Embitel Technologies.

 

Featured Partner

HABEY USA are the makers of the HIO Wallpad and their Kickstarter already got >$11k funding. Based on a dual ARM Cortex-A9 i.MX 6 Series by Freescale and running Android or Linux, it is an interesting open architecture for home/office automation.

 

Tip - Personalise Your Interest Feeds

We get about 150 new pieces of content per week. Like everything on a community, subscription works around the three pillars: Content, People and Places.

  • If you see very interesting content and want to know when someone comments, Follow it.
  • If each time Bob posts you like what he wrote, Follow him.
  • If you are interested by everything Multimedia, Follow ARM Mali Graphics.

For each subscription (follow), you can chose if you want immediate email notifications or not.

Learn how in Finding and Connecting with People, Content and Places and How To Create/Manage a Custom Stream?

 

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Update on the Community

We have been able to roll out most changes peacefully last weekend (for details, see Saturday Maintenance, EELive!, Single Board Computer and MicroConsult).

Here are some numbers about the community at the end of 2014 Q1, 5 months after we launched the community publicly. Numbers are rounded to the closest value.

 

ItemTotalin Q1By Business Day
Registered Members3,7001,40022.5
Pieces of content13,0001,90030
Blogs1,5002504
Documents5,6002804.5
Active Partner Spaces4002153.5

 

I thought the contribution per business day was very relevant as we have a professional community and contribution as well as traffic tends to be much lower during weekends.

Next week I will give you an overview of membership profile split.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Juergen Jagst wrote the most viewed content last week: ADAS – A Small Introduction of the Future of Automobiles. It includes the 560+ pages report from the 1968 United Nation Conference on Road Traffic in English, French, Russian...

 

Featured Partner

Cadence Design Systems, and more particularly Brian Fuller, has been very active this week with multiple articles like What wins today? Platforms, standards, smart methodologies.

 

Tip - Activity Streams and Notifications

For better efficiency, I use different streams based on subject and urgency.

There are subjects or people you want to read every now and again when you come on the community. But there are others you want to receive an immediate notifications about.

I would advise you have a stream dedicated to your colleagues or your Partner space from which you want to receive emails straight away.

For more information read How To Create/Manage a Custom Stream? and watch Finding and Connecting with People, Content and Places. If you need more clarification, please do ask in Community Help.

 

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