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Update on the Community

On Tuesday 31st, we should launch a new area with production-ready single board computers. We will start with a selection of partners, welcoming board vendors to contact us so they can be added!

Through filters, sorting and text search, you will be able to search the board you need for your project. Then, if the manufacturer has a dedicated area in the community, they can give more details about theirs boards and ways to purchase them. If you are an embedded computer board manufacturer and not yet in the community, shout now.

You were 72,963 people to use the community in the last 30 days.

SPAM, Account Creation Moderation and Security

Maintenance_Downtime.jpgI tried disabling the account creation moderation step for an hour and we got swamped. Thank you Pete and Jerome for the clean-up and attracting my attention so I could kill the accounts.

In our lifestyle of instant access (and gratification), this additional step let to a drop of 50% of registrations (more exactly members not logging in after having been approved). That's why I tried to remove it...

During Europe and Asia business hours, 90% of new accounts are reviewed and approved within 10 minutes. Our loss of US staff affects our responsiveness during US mornings.

We thank you for your patience when you register.

If you are a little bit technical, you will have heard about a couple of OpenSSL vulnerabilities recently making the news. The ARM Connected Community is not affected by FREAK CVE-2015-0204 (SSLv3 is not supported) or CVE-2015-0291.

During our upgrade to the latest community software, we will also switch to https throughout instead of only for login/registration like it is today.

If you have any concern, or question, you're welcome to ask!

Next Community Maintenance

I'd like to remind you of the maintenance on Sunday 19th March from 10am UK time.

The community will have a downtime of maximum 1h, then you can expect degraded performance for a couple of hours, finally the new cookie popup will be visible.

A homepage announcement is posted and I will remove it once the maintenance is finished.

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Featured Content

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

 

The ARM University Program, ARM Architecture Fundamentals - YouTube by Chris Shore

 

Featured Member

Thank you trm for helping other members start their project on the ARM Microcontroller Design Contest 2015!

 

Featured Partner

Feabhas, a company part of the ARM Approved Training Center Program, has been updating their available trainings regularly. Today, I recommend you read Is the IoT a gold rush or Wild West? Read this new white paper for embedded developers and the associated white paper Jo Cooling just posted...

Tip - Reply by Email, Keeping Personal Details Private

I can understand that you don't (yet) spend all your time learning and contributing to the community and that you still live with emails a lot.

You can directly reply from your email client to contributions on the community.

But, you don't want to expose your email address publicly, or your name. So read Email Contribution, How Not To Show Signature/Disclaimer - Tip.

 

Have a question about the community?

First check to see if the question has already been answered in Community Help, and if not, start a new thread.

 

Thanks for reading, now contribute!

Alban Rampon

Update on the Community

A few things are coming up! In April, Ryan Booth and Ellie Stone will run a Graphics themed week in the community with content about Mali, and Geomerics in particular. We invite other partners to take part too!

David Blaza is working in launching a single board computer (SBC) selector guide in the community. You will be able to filter the boards available by core, vendor, SoC... These will be production ready boards, not evaluation boards and the selector will be available to anyone who is logged in to the community.

Finally, you can still participate and ask questions about the ARM Microcontroller Design Contest 2015 Christopher is running... Like for the STM32 IoT Design Contest EMEA edition, Würth will be providing contestants with passive devices for their project!

 

You were more than 70,000 people to use the community in the last 30 days.

SPAM and Account Creation Moderation

Song Bin 宋斌 and I keep reviewing every new account creation for the time being as spammers keep trying. Direct messaging has been re-enabled.

We thank you for your patience when you register.

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Next Community Maintenance

A few weeks ago, we introduced the changes we planned on implementing around analytics. These will be rolled out on Sunday 19th March from 10am UK time.

You may experience degraded performance for a couple of hours whilst I perform all the tasks. But the community should stay available for you to contribute.

As usual, a homepage announcement will be posted closer to the time and will be removed once the maintenance is finished.

 

Featured Content

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

Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC (EMB 20105) - YouTube

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Featured Member and Featured Partner

This week, I would like to feature Silicon Labs and Nari Shin who is keeping the community informed about the latest beasts in the Gecko family... Even at SXSW, the EFM32 is being talked about!

 

Tip - Want Your Content Promoted on the Homepage?

You can ask! But you will need to have at least one image in the content.

The image is not only making the content more attractive, and engaging, it is essential to promote content on the homepage slideshow.

Content promoted through ARM social media channels is now also requiring images as posts with images perform better.

 

Have a question about the community?

First check to see if the question has already been answered in Community Help, and if not, start a new thread.

 

Thanks for reading, now contribute!

Alban Rampon

Update on the Community

This week I'd like you to welcome Carissa as community owner of the Embedded community. I'm confident you will have already noticed her contribution!

If your company has evaluation boards and you'd like Carissa to review it, get in touch.

 

You were 69k people to use the community in the last 30 days.

SPAM and Account Creation Moderation

We have been a bit more under attack than usual. I'm sorry if you have been swamped with emails. I have added very strict limitations to make sure that the community content stays of high quality and so you are not getting unwanted email notifications. I will not explain what these are as I don't want the spammers to learn how to go round these measures.

Song Bin 宋斌 and I are now reviewing all new account creation. Private messaging is currently unavailable.

We thank you for your patience when you register.

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ARM Web Maintenance

The ARM IT team will be working on a datacenter on Saturday 14th March. Keil.com and mbed.org will be unavailable during this maintenance. Make sure you use Pi day to work on something else...

The corporate website, documentation and (beloved) community are not affected by this maintenance.

 

Are you doing anything for Pi day?

 

Featured Content

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

 

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Featured Partner

Congratulations to CALAO Systems and Philippe Garnier for their PInBALL and Raspberry PI compute module, a step further from Community to Production.

This is not a dev board but ready for production use

Tip - Upload Your White Paper and Presentation

You spent hours to create a presentation for a particular conference. How many people are going to attend your slot? and how many times?

When you post publicly, your content can get more eyes in the first month, but is still available for the many people who couldn't attend.

You have the possibility of preparing a tutorial like Lorenzo did on Mali GPU Tools: A Case Study, Part 2 — Frame Analysis with Mali Graphics Debugger

But you can also upload a file like The Intelligent Flexible Cloud White Paper. The community platform will index the content of your document, making it available to anyone who searches before asking a question.

How To Upload Your Document - Guide for a step-by-step guide and advice in making it attractive...

 

Have a question about the community?

First check to see if the question has already been answered in Community Help, and if not, start a new thread.

Thanks for reading!

Alban Rampon

Update on the Community

Events and ARM Presence

This week, we received a few more reports about Embedded World from Lori Kate Smith (part 1 and part 2 this morning) and from Phil Burr in Embedded World 2015 - More than The Internet of Things. We've a tagged all EW-related content EW2015, so you can easily find it.

Another very important event for ARM takes place this week: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. #MWC15: New Mobile Devices and Security Offerings to Make Our Lives Better is the first installment of ARM update and a second one was posted this morning.

Finally, the Game Developers Conference 2015 also takes place this week! You can already read from Gemma Paris and Chris Porthouse in Supporting the development of mobile games at GDC 2015 and Forging the Future of Video Games with Enlighten 3.

Your Privacy and Upcoming Community Changes

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Before we implement a new feature, I wanted to explain what will happen, and what your options will be.

I am integrating the ARM Connected Community with the system ARM uses to track online usage patterns. Tracking behaviour is useful for ARM to understand how you are using ARM’s online services and your interests and how we can  improve the online services we offer you as a user.

However, as the law requires, you will have the option not to be included.

The cookie popup you have seen the first time you used the ARM Connected Community will reappear with slightly different text and a link for you to edit your cookie preferences. You will be able to change your preferences at any time.

When the implementation is ready, we will announce the switchover date through this Connecting the Dots blog.

If you have questions, concerns, you are encouraged to raise them now.

 

Featured Content

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

 

Featured Member

This week, I would like to thank Lori Kate Smith for her updates from Embedded World and Mobile World Congress. You can access all content Lori Kate authored and follow her from her profile page.

 

Featured Partner

Sunrise Micro Devices and Prithi Ramakrishnan have been great about keeping their partner space updated with the latest news and products. Simplifying Radio Connectivity™ is their tagline, and you can find details on their latest Bluetooth Smart capability from their partner area.

Tip - Control The Amount of Email Notifications

At the bottom of each email notification, there is a mention telling why you received that email.

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For instance, in the picture above taken from an email notification I received (almost), you can see that I received that email because I follow Joe Ballas in 3 activity streams: Email Watch, Individual Contributors and Beloved Partner.

If you forgot which streams you set to send emails look at your member preferences (login obviously required).

To stop these, I know I need to stop following Joe Ballas in Email Watch so I go to Joe Ballas profile and untick the Email Watch box from the "Following in x streams"

 

 

Have a question about the community?

First check to see if the question has already been answered in Community Help, and if not, start a new thread.

Thanks for reading!

Alban Rampon

Update on the Community

As planned, we launched the Wearables community at the end of last week and we have moved relevant content to that new area. This is a perfect illustration of how we grow the community: once we have enough content, ownership and a plan, we spin-off new areas.

Last week also saw the launch of the ARM Innovation Hub led by Stuart Beaton.

Towards the end of next month, we are planning to do a graphics themed week, like we successfully did with ARM Wearables Week, Kickstarter Week and, in Chinese, ARM中国可穿戴技术周顺利结束(2014年12月15日~12月19日.

Would you like to contribute personally, or through your company? Get in touch now!

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Progression of the ARM Connected Community in 2014

Since launch, I have been reporting on progression of members, and engagement in the past. Today, even if views are only a small part of the story, I wanted to show the progression of the community traffic in 2014.

As David Blaza said when compiling the data points, "building a community takes time". I hope we can accelerate this growth and the pertinence of the content for everyone. We are using the results of the 1y survey for this, but you're welcome to comment or email me your preferences.

This progression was plotted using Google Analytics and, because of the way the system works, it underestimates views on the community. Ask me if you want to know why.

 

The ARM Connected Community traffic in December 2014 was 253% the traffic of January 2014.

 

Featured Content

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

 

ARM at Embedded World 2015 - YouTube with Infineon Technologies, Spansion and STMicroelectronics


Featured Partner

DSP Soundware

This week we welcome DSP Soundware and Scott Kurtz to the community. DSP Soundware is dedicated to the development of algorithms and software that bring the ultimate “You Are There” HD sound quality to voice communication applications. I would highly recommend reading Acoustic Beamforming Software as the document explains the principles of beamforming on top of describing how they use it.

 

Tip - Finding All Contributions from a Specific Member

That's a question I received by email this week. How can you find everything that a member has written?

You can do that from the member profile:

  1. Search for that member and click on the their name,
  2. Once you are on their profile, click on the Content tab,
  3. On the left, you can have a few choices:
    • Authored: what the member started.
    • Participated: what the member engaged on (comments, replies...).
    • Following: what content the member subscribed to.

20140225_All_Content_From_Author.pngOn the member profile, use the left to choose content created by that member or content (s)he participated to

 

Have a question about the community?

First check to see if the question has already been answered in Community Help, and if not, start a new thread.

Thanks for reading!

Alban Rampon

Update on the Community

Tomorrow, we will launch the Wearables community which will be led by Natalie Harrison and David Maidment.

 

We have started the Chinese New Year national holidays so our Chinese content will slow down and our Chinese experts may not reply.

 

As you will see in the tips section below, we are working in integrating more with ARM newsletters so you can receive news crafted to your interest. Of course, like for the community, email updates are optional and you retain control of which emails you receive. The next phase we are working on is to integrate the community in a marketing automation system. This will allow ARM to better understand what your interests are, and therefore have more relevant content. You will have the option to opt-out and I will explain more when I get closer to implementation. However, if you have feedback at this stage, please let me know.

 

Embedded World is taking place next week in Nuremberg, Germany and Philippe Bressy highlights a few activities from ARM and ARM Partners in Embedded World 2015, February 24-26 - Der Countdown läuft !. Stop by the ARM booth in Hall 5 and say hello to the team there.

We will tag Embedded World content EW2015 and, the week after, Mobile World Congress content will be tagged MWC2015.


Did you know? You were more than 66,200 to be active on the ARM Connected Community within the last 30 days.

 

Featured Content

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

ARM Connected Community Interview with Joseph Yiu: Part I - YouTube

 

Featured User

This week, I wished to feature Eoin McCann. Eoin joined ARM from Duolog last year and is the community owner for the ARM Processors system IP section. Thanks to Eoin and Ben Walshe, we have now regular content being posted on building effective SoCs: from on-chip bus, IP tooling, to controllers, and debug and trace,

 

Featured Partner

As PolarSSL acquisition demonstrates, ARM believes security is an important aspect for the success of the Internet of Things.

Real Time Logic can help you implement SSL with Certificate Management App by Real Time Logic and their associated blog explaining how to set up your own CA and create your memory-constrained devices certificates.

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Tip - Register to ARM Newsletters

The ARM Connected Community does NOT push updates to you. You choose to subscribe to the content, people and communities you are interested in.

If you are keen on receiving more information about ARM events, products, and services, then you might benefit from subscribing to ARM newsletters.

Go to the News community and, in the right column, enter your email address and click on Edit. If you haven't yet already registered to receive one of several newsletters, there will be a short form to complete.

ARM newsletters are not linked to the community and you will find a link to edit your subscription at the bottom of each email.

 

Have a question about the community?

First check to see if the question has already been answered in Community Help, and if not, start a new thread.

Update on the Community

Upcoming Events

As you all probably know, there are a few large events coming up which ARM and many of our ARM Partners will be at.

 

February 24-26 is Embedded World in Germany which is expecting almost 30,000 visitors, over 1,500 congress participants and around 900 exhibitors from over 35 countries. If you'll be attending, stop by the ARM booth in Hall 5.

Some of our partners have already shared they will be attending: Sunrise Micro Devices is going to be at the Embedded World Event 2015, FDI Exhibiting at Embedded World 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany

 

March 2-5 in Barcelona is Mobile World Congress that will be filled with announcements from our ecosystem of Partners and we have our CEO Simon Segars giving one of the keynotes. The ARM booth will be at Hall 6 Stand 6C10.

** I invite all of our ARM Partners to share their activities related to these events in the community - as you post content, we will create a page to include all of the contributions.

 

Lastly, I suggest you follow the News group - Eoin McCann has been providing weekly ARM-related news similar to this one News summary - Feb 12th.

 

Featured Content

Almost 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

Are you a graphics developers? If so, I'd suggest following ARM Fellow Jem Davies, the VP of Technology in the Media Processing Division of ARM - Davies is busy with a lot of projects involving the future of cool ARM technology.

 

Featured Partner

Sentireal just shared the commercial version of their SensARy™ Client software (allows mobile/wearable devices to easily produce compelling augmented reality or virtual reality that automatically adapts to the needs of individuals) is scheduled for release in early 2015.

 

Tip - Are You New To The ARM Connected Community?

First, welcome and thank you for joining the community!

We recognize the interface is rich in functionality, so please allow us to give you an introduction! Here's a fantastic guide that should help you get accustomed with the community - Are You New To The ARM Connected Community?

 

Have a question about the community? First check to see if the question has already been answered in Community Help, and if not, start a new thread.

Update on the Community

What social sharing options are important?

Your feedback matters! We often receive ideas and requests on ways to improve the community from a usability standpoint, and more times than not, we have rolled out new features from the feedback.

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To the right and at the bottom of each piece of content in the community there are a variety of different social sharing options available (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Reddit) - we would like to know, which are the most important to you and which can you live without? Then also, are there any that we currently don't offer? We're also thinking about adding a 'share by email' option which can be very useful. Please comment below with your thoughts and opinions.

 

Following up on my blog last week about the New Member Registration Form, the new fields are now live (view the post for more details). It would now be useful if all of our current members can update your profile with the newly added field options.

 

Thank you again for your feedback, don't hesitate to share any ideas and/or requests that you have for the ARM Connected Community.

 

Featured Content

Almost 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 welcome Artie Beavis of Atmel to the community - the guy is a content producing machine! Check out his content, he recently published a handful of blogs on innovative start-ups utilizing Atmel technology. One getting attention is Shot Tracker is an ARM-based wearable basketball coach.

 

Featured Partner

If you're headed to Embedded World, reach out to new ARM Partner Quantimetrica - they specialize in audio-based solutions for the Internet of Things. Their QM1 voice switch  is a power efficient voice activated proprietary system that can trigger any external piece of hardware via a custom voice prompt.

 

 

Tip - Email Contribution: How Not To Show Signature/Disclaimer

If you use a corporate email address on the community, your company may append an antivirus message or confidentiality disclaimer... on top of your email signature. However, you can tell to the community system to cut everything in your signature.

This allows you to reply to a notification by email and still give clean replies.

 

Add a line with at least 5 dashes as separator and everything after, including the dashes will not be posted. Please have a look at this thread for an example Email Contribution, How Not To Show Signature/Disclaimer - Tip

 

Have a question about the community? First check to see if the question has already been answered in Community Help, and if not, start a new thread.

Update on the Community

We want to know more about you...

If you recall when you registered for an ARM Connected Community member account, we didn't really ask for much - the required fields are your name, username, and email. We can assume majority of you are ARM developers or interested in ARM, but that's about it. We want to understand more about you, so we can provide you with content you're most interested in. With that said, we are in the final stages of rolling out a new member registration form which will include a few more required fields: experience, profession, and areas of interest.

 

Adding these required fields and learning more about our members will be a 'win-win' and I hope you find value in providing more information to us on the type of developer you are. For current members, you will also notice these fields will be added to your member profile - it would be much appreciated if you can complete/update as much as possible.

 

Have thoughts on this? Feel free to comment below. We love hearing member feedback - the community is built for you!

 

Featured Content

Almost 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

When learning, which medium do you prefer? Do you have a strong preference on one more than another? Like them all for different reasons? Embedded guru Colin Walls is putting himself up to start video blogging and wants to know your thoughts. Share your opinions on his post Video blogging for embedded software: should you use it?

 

Featured Partner

Have you heard of Ambiq Micro? If not, they just joined as an ARM Partner and last week announced Apollo – The World’s Lowest Power Microcontroller (up to 10x energy reduction - an ideal solution for wearables or IoT devices). Connect with Mike Salas if you want to learn more.

 

Tip - Publishing Content in more than one place

This  comes from a question asked in our Community Help. The member asked Is there a way to publish content in more than one place? -"I would like to publish my content in more than one place. Not only ARM and Keil Tools (Group), but also in Embedded. Is there a way to do this? I saw that I can change the place, but not add an additional one."

 

Answer: Yes, you can do this by using the @mention feature. If you post your content in the ARM and Keil Tools Group, you can @mention the Embedded Group (where embedded is mentioned) within the text. Here's a great short tutorial that explains how to @mention Creating an @mention

 

Have a question about the community? First check to see if the question has already been answered in Community Help, and if not, start a new thread.

Update on the Community

Welcome Back, Some Development for 2015

Whether professional or personal, in this New Year, I wish you a lot of success in your projects.

For 2015, with your help we will keep finding new use cases and creating new topic areas for the community. For instance, we expect a new public group to be launched mid-February.

Last year, we started to do private external collaboration, with groups like Juno ARM Development Platform which then became public. In 2015, we will keep extending these for the ARM University Program Partners and for other use.

This year, we should also upgrade the community to the latest platform revision. By experience when launching the community, I know people don't tend to like change. However, I strongly believe the platform upgrade will ease everyone's work and reduce some of the quirks you are meeting today.

But the platform upgrade is a big task. So the community better fits your, I've made a few tweaks which will need to be assessed to see if they are still useful on the new software revision.

The user interface will have big improvements. Also, even if I personally don't believe this is a must-have, the UI will follow the latest trends with simplified design (Skeuomorphism removed). The colour scheme used is also likely to change, following feedback we received in the 1-year survey.

We will be changing the contribution reward scheme to also give a chance to members who contribute less: everyone is welcome!

The goal is to grow to membership but more useful is growing engagement: the more people participate, the quicker everyone will get answers and progress... and the less reliant we are on a few people.

 

Some Numbers for December 2014

We ran a couple of experiences last December to assess how successful we/you can be when we are really putting some effort in it.

These three themed weeks we ran were:

  1. ARM Wearables Week - 17 - 21 November 2014 - #ARMWearablesWK
  2. ARM中国可穿戴技术周顺利结束(2014年12月15日~12月19日)
  3. Kickstarter Week - 8 -12 December

This, and other member initiatives, made December the most successful month since the community was launched.

You more than doubled (221%) the number of engagements (likes, replies, bookmarks, doc revisions...) compared to November.

Content got 20% more views in December, even if the amount of content created was similar to November (~500 pieces).

In December, we reached more than 83,000 different visitors, that's 11x the number of members.

 

Next week, we will look at numbers for the previous 12 months.

 

Featured Content

Almost 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 Users

For the first of the year, I would like to start by personally thanking members who were working in the community over the last couple of weeks.

You helped engineers with their questions when ARM employees were mostly away.

Special thanks to yasuhikokoumoto, Jerome Decamps, Gopal Amlekar and techguyz.

 

Featured Partner

We welcome Bramson Welch and Associates to the community, an embedded design services company. Marni Welch and Eric Welch, please think about creating documents with your services description so visitors have details about what you are doing!

 

Tip - How to Be Notified by Email of Messages Sent to You?

If you want to receive an email for messages relating to you in particular, you might have to change your user preferences.

To check if email notifications are active and change them:

  1. Click on your name at the top right of any page when you are logged in,
  2. In the menu, click on Preferences,
  3. Make sure both "Inbox" options are switched on. If they are not, select the ON radio button and then Save at the bottom of the page.

 

Hello everyone,

 

TL;DR - The Short Version

Someone copied our community, most likely to try and steal member credentials.

We did NOT have any security issue on the community.

Your personal details stayed safe if you didn't enter them in another website.

If you have received an unusual email about your credentials without having asked for it, please notify me right now.

If you are unsure, simply change your password now. See below for a step by step instruction.

 

More Details

One of my system reports highlighted that another website was using content from the community. This is usually from individuals who find the content valuable and copy it into their own blog.

In this occurrence, the system did not only look like this community, but was also displaying real content.

Using several techniques, we have managed to stop that site 2 hours after it was first noticed. I won't publicly explain how.

 

I will keep working with colleagues and the platform vendor to better understand how we can notice this type of things early, and get them down even quicker.

 

How To Change Your Password

  1. Go to community.arm.com
  2. Login by clicking login at the top right
  3. Once logged in, click on your name at the top right
  4. In the menu click on Change password

 

Conclusion

Like with any other website, you should always, always, make sure that the site you are visiting is really the one you wanted to see.

If the domain name in the address bar is NOT community.arm.com, you are NOT on the ARM Connected Community, whatever is displayed in your browser!

And if you haven't done this in the last months, maybe now is time for you to change your password...

Happy New Year!

 

What is an online community?

I had a conversation over the holiday break with a family member and he was intrigued to learn more about what I did on a day-to-day basis (one of those typical conversations you have when you get together with family members that you rarely talk to throughout the year). I told him that I help manage an online community and as I had imagined, I received a blank and confused look. So where do I go next with the conversation? I thought the simplest way was to compare it to a physical community. A physical community typically consists of a diverse group of people from different backgrounds that share a similar interest (which can be as simple as geographic interest) and then within the community, you have the local businesses and social groups.

 

Then I told him to imagine it as a virtual or online community. We have a community of members from around the world that share the interest of developing on ARM and within the community, we have Groups, which I compared to social groups - where members can ask questions, discuss and receive expert advice, and then a wide range of ARM Partners, easy reference to storefronts in a physical community, where members can interact with employees to learn more about their products based on the ARM architecture. His head started to nod as he began to get a better understanding...

 

A deeper look at the numbers over the past year in the community - the 'Featured Members' represented 14 different countries (yes, 14!), we welcomed over 5,140 members, 145 new ARM Partners, and 6,538 pieces of content. Wow, impressive to say the least.

 

Looking back over the last year, the ARM Connected Community has truly become a vibrant community of very brilliant people and I bet many members have built more beneficial relationships within the online community than the actual community you physically live in. As we head into 2015, I hope the ARM Connected Community continues to provide you with the necessary knowledge and relationships you need for your job role.

 

As IDC Revealed in their Social Business Predictions for 2015, "Online Communities will continue to grow in support of business innovation across all enterprise functions...". Thank you for all of your contributions to the community, the community is very important in the success of the ARM ecosystem and the Community Managers will continue to listen to your feedback to make the community better for all.

 

Now onto the Member Rewards Program... It's worth noting that we will be launching a new format for the Member and Partner Rewards Program in 2015 and will share the details at the end of this month.

 

 

Top Member (1 Employee and 1 Non-Employee) of 2014 with the most points are...

From ARM (of course we excluded employees whose job it is to look over the community), it came down to a close race between two employees and we thought they both deserved to be rewarded. Thank you to Peter Harris and Martin Weidmann - the two combined, participated in over 400 discussions! The non-ARM employee winner was techguyz who has been a consistent contributor since last January. All three winners will receive an ARM-based GoPro Hero4 Black.

 

 

 

Most Viewed Partner

For the Partner Rewards Program, STMicroelectronics was the most viewed partner of the first half of 2014, but Atmel came out ahead in the second half of the year. Atmel will be receiving a custom Cornhole set for their office. Have fun with it Team Atmel and thank you to all of the partners for your contributions.

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Top Contributors of Q4 2014

Besides rewarding the Top Member for all of 2014, below are the winners of the Q4 Member Rewards Program:

From ARM - David Blaza, Carissa Labriola and Eoin McCann

Non-Employee - yasuhikokoumoto, Gopal Amlekar and Sylvie Boube-Politano

 

Each of these winners will be sent an ARM-based Honeywell Lyric thermostat.

 

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Most Viewed Content of 2014

In case you might've missed some of the most popular blogs, documents or discussions from last year, below is a list of the most viewed posts from each of the different community Groups.

 

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ARM Processors

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

Easing development on ARM: Building customized debug and trace solutions for multi-core SoCs

Extended System Coherency - Part 2 - Implementation, big.LITTLE, GPU Compute and Enterprise

Code Size – a comprehensive comparison of microMIPS32 and Thumb code size using many Megabytes of customer code

Meet the new ARM Cortex-M7 processor: supercharging embedded devices

Design Start ARM Cortex-M0

How to configure a 10 inch TFT LCD in ARM Cortex-M3?

Usage of generic register in CPU reset

AAME Certification Preparation Suggestions

Few beginner questions - from AVR to ARM

 

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ARM Mali Graphics

Mali: X11 vs. Wayland at SIGGRAPH 2014

Get started with compute shaders

Ittiam and ARM are the first to efficiently bring Google’s VP9 to mobile devices

The Mali GPU: An Abstract Machine, Part 3 - The Shader Core

The Mali GPU: An Abstract Machine, Part 1 - Frame Pipelining

OpenCL support for Mali-T628 MP6 on Arndale Octa?

Are the ARM MALI 450 MP and ARM MALI 450 MP4 the same thing or not?

Mali-400 drivers don't support import texture from DMA-BUF

Compiling Mali 400 r4p0-00rel1 driver on linux (archlinux arm). How?

Can't compile any shader with the OpenGL ES 2 Emulator

 

 

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ARM and Keil Tools

Cortex-M Prototyping System, new development board from ARM

6 ARM Compiler tutorials to help you write better software

MDK-ARM Version 5: Software Packs Explained

ARM Compiler 6 – Best in class code generation for the ARM Architecture

Booting Linux on the ARMv8-A model provided with DS-5 Ultimate Edition

Using CMSIS DSP Function: arm_fir_f32 - Correct Use?

Does anyone know how I can remotely update code to distant ARM system?

About embedded web server Technology

DS-5 How to create makefiles

Free ARM Cortex-M3 Simulation Software?

 

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SoC Implementation

Sometimes Hardware Details Matter in ARM Embedded Systems Programming

First tape-out with TSMC’s 16nm FinFET and ARM’s 64-bit big.LITTLE Processors

FinFET production and the ARM Ecosystem: TSMC readies 16nm FinFET ramp and tips 10nm FinFET plans

Huawei Honor 6 with Hisilicon Kirin 920 Announced (ARM big.LITTLE & ARM Mali-T628 MP4 based)

DAC 2014 – Five Mega Trends for System Design and Verification

Need ARM SystemC Model

About two port SRAM compiler in TSMC 0.13um?

Can I place the System MMU (SMMU-400) before the DRAM Memory Controller (DMC-400)?

How do I get to the Foundation Library for the GLOBALFOUNDRIES technology?

where are the C++  libraries for linux app?

 

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Embedded

Kickstarter: USB2Go - ARM based USB development board for Android

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

LED Video Panel at Maker Faire 2014: Concept and Development

Fun with RFduino pt2… It’s Alive!

10 Steps to Selecting a Microcontroller

How to jumpstart an ARM9 board from its SD slot?

How can I learn to build my own computer with ARM processors?

Debugging a Cortex-M0 Hard Fault

TCP/IP stack for Cortex-A9 MPCore

Do you know of a board that includes LPC1837JET256 or LPC1817JET100 MC?

 

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Internet of Things

ARM Wearables Week - 17 - 21 November 2014 - #ARMWearablesWK

Internet of Things: Complexity of software for Sensor Fusion on ARM's Google+ Hangout on Air

Announcing a New IoT Device Platform – ARM mbed

“Lightweight M2M”: Enabling Device Management and Applications for the Internet of Things

A Look Inside Android Wear

Design Patterns for an Internet of Things

Planes, trains and … bikes: Transportation for the Internet of Things

I would like to start a discussion on ideas about IoT sensors and mixed signal chips.

 

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Android Community

From Zero to Boot: Porting Android to your ARM platform

Bringing up Streamline in the Android Developer Toolchain (SDK and NDK) in order to do system analysis for your Android app

Cracking the Embedded Android Code

The ART of Fuzz Testing

Runtime detection of CPU features on an ARMv8-A CPU

Debug native system-level code (c++) of Android Sources (AOSP) with DS-5

Recompile neon 32bit instruction for ARMv8 using ndk r10c

android application power consumption measurement

Install Android OS on ARM Cortex-M3

How to build and port Android on TI AM335X (ARM Cortex-A8) Processor?

 

Thank you again for a great 2014 and we look forward to an even better 2015! Please don't hesitate to share your feedback of the community in a comment below.

Cheers!

Update on the Community

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Our second community takeover was very interesting. In ARM Wearables Week, we partnered with Hexus and we could see traffic was mostly consumer or end users.

With the Kickstarter projects and Carissa Labriola's different out of box posts, we have seen much more technical/engineering people engaging with the community.

I think both are useful for the community, even if I have a personal preference towards all the excellent project suggestions new members posted.

Check out the Kickstarter Week document which provides links to all the related content published during the week.

 

Maintenance and Mobile

Last Sunday, I removed the photo album feature, after making sure all content was transferred into documents. As I explained when I gave advanced warning, as the feature wasn't used much, we preferred shift that cost to generating more quality content, especially for our Chinese community. If you read simplified Chinese, you're welcome to go and say hi to Song Bin 宋斌 in 中文社区.

We also invite you to read our Changes on Mobile App Support for the Community announcement.

 

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The ARM Connected Community is primarily a professional, technical, community. Song Bin 宋斌, our APAC Community Manager, will be your main contact within the next two weeks.

As many members will take some holidays, you will not only have much less content created, but your questions may not receive replies in a timely manner.

If your business is losing money over a technical difficulty, then maybe relying on community support during that period of the year will be a problem. For formal technical support from ARM, please consult ARM Support.

 

Featured Content

Almost 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.

 

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This week, I'd like to highlight Wenjun Zhang! Wenjun works in the ARM digital team (across my desk) and she's looking after ARM partners both in this community and the quarterly newsletter she creates. Thanks mainly to her help and Ping Zuo 左平's, we managed to reconnect with 500 partners within 6 months of the community. To give all visitors up to date information, having a close relationship with our partners is paramount.

With more than 1,200 Partners, the growing ARM ecosystem is still by far the biggest in the industry, giving you choice at every step of your project, from the idea, design, to realisation and testing.

 

Featured Partner

As grace2014 highlights, Forlinx Embedded Technology is The specified item was not found. across the world. Have a look at their partner space to learn about their products and contact Grace directly!

 

The DAC Call for Papers is open until January 20. More details in Brenda's blog DAC 2015 - June 7-11, San Francisco, CA. Brenda also tells the benefit of reserving a spot in the ARM Connected Community Pavilion before it's full...

 

Tip - How to Change Your Username?

I can see that a few people register with their email address as username. As I put in the registration form, I don't recommend it but it's up to you!

But you could have missed the mention or not fully realised that it would really be public.

You are unable to do it yourself, but we can change your username if you ask us to.

That could also be useful, should you want to change from a pseudonym to use your real name so your contribution could be used as easy proof of your expertise.

Whatever the reason, have a look at User Account, User Name, Display Name, SSO... - FAQ for all details.

 

Does it Apply to me?

If you are using the Android or iOS app to access the community, yes.

However, if you only browse the full site, you are not impacted.

 

Why is it Changing?

The platform vendor, Jive, is ending the support of the version of mobile plug-in we use on the ARM Connected Community.

They have decided to stop the support of Android on the community software version we use.

 

When is the Change Happening?

It will happen on two stages.

The first stage will happen Sunday 14th December 2014, on the back of the already planned maintenance. We are upgrading the current mobile support.

The second change is expected around Christmas or very early January.

Upgrading the community is planned for 2015 but the software vendor has not announced the date when they will releases their new version.

 

What is Changing?

For Current Android App Users

ACCURLQRCode.PNGAfter Sunday's maintenance, you might have to reconnect the app with the community or notifications may stop.

Scan the QR Code or type http://community.arm.com

Unfortunately, our platform vendor is stopping the support of the current Android app at the end of this year.

You will not be able to use any Android app in the New Year, until we have arranged a platform update. Such platform upgrade is under discussion.

 

Is there any workaround?

A nice workaround has not been offered to us

You can nonetheless keep using the community on your Android device in two ways:

  1. Use the full site from http://community.arm.com
  2. Use the mobile site from http://community.arm.com/mobile (from Sunday 14th December 2014, 12pm GTM)

To replace system notifications, the inelegant but effective solution is to use email notifications: How To Create/Manage a Custom Stream?

 

For Current or New iOS App Users

After Sunday's maintenance, you might have to reconnect the app with the community or notifications may stop.

Scan the QR Code or type http://community.arm.com.

You must use the "white app" to be able to keep using the community.

 

Be certain that I am very disappointed not to have been able to find a suitable solution for you and me...

Update on the Community

'Kickstarter Week is here...'

If you frequent the community you most likely have noticed the community has been taken over by Kickstarter Week. Kickstarter is quite the phenomena - since its inception 7,568,063 backers have pledged $1,440,157,848 USD to successfully fund 75,388 projects across all categories on the crowdfunding platform. On Monday, ARM launched an 'ARM-based Projects' curated page on Kickstarter that plays host to 50 Kickstarter Innovations Based on ARM (which is growing on a daily basis). It's amazing to see all of the new projects from around the world using ARM and our partner's technology at the base of their new inventions. Please don't hesitate to comment below if you know of any other ARM-based projects that are missing from the page. What's your thoughts on Kickstarter? David Blaza created a poll today - it would be interesting to see How many Kickstarter projects have you backed?

 

Check out the Kickstarter Week document which provides links to all the related content published during the week.

 

Maintenance on Sunday between 5am and 10am GMT: our platform vendor will perform maintenance on the core network infrastructure in their datacenter. Periods of diminished performance and unavailability are expected during the window.

 

Featured Content

Almost 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

gezedo just received his ARM Accredited Engineer certification and was nice enough to explain how and Why I passed AAE and AAME exams

 

Featured Partner

Jennifer Castelino of Linaro published an update on their projects - Home Group, Enterprise Group, Networking Group, LAVA Group and Linaro Stable Kernel (LSK)

 

Attention ARM Partners: The DAC Call for Papers is now open and be sure to reserve a spot in the ARM Connected Community Pavilion before it's full - more details in Brenda's blog DAC 2015 - June 7-11, San Francisco, CA

 

Tip - Find Someone

Looking for someone? There are many ways to find them:

  • Try a search. You can enter someone's name right in the search box at the top of the screen. You can also search for an expertise and ARM Connected Community will find any members matching that skill.
  • Don't worry if you don't find any results matching a person. All content in ARM Connected Community is written by people so sometimes the best way to find someone is to find something they wrote and link up with them that way.
  • Try browsing for people. ARM Connected Community has a powerful interface to browse and discover people you can connect with. Just click "People". If you're looking for someone with Cortex-A experience you can quickly drill down to view all people with that on their profile. By default you'll see All people in the community but you can click Following to see just those people who are 'following' you.
  • Try filtering by tags. Tags unify places, content and people. Often, you might want to find someone based on a keyword. The tags interface is a great way to jump in and find people. Or try to filter just people.