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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, Jérôme Décamps, 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



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.

2014 Most Viewed Prize - Atmel.png



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.





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



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




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?



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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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?



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.



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.


Update on the Community

Featured_Kickstarter.pngKickstarter Week vs. Wearables Week

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.


End of Year Cover

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.


3CC Partner Panels 3D PPT 9.14.jpgFeatured User

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.


EiffelTower_[1].jpgUpdate on the Community

Tomorrow, the last ARM Technology Symposium of the year will take place in Paris. If you haven't been able to register to this free event but do want to participate, feel free to show up on the day as you will be able to register on site too.

These events also took place in 3 cities in China (+ Korea, Japan, India and Taiwan). With 252 replies and 226 likes, Chinese attendees created the most engaged with content on the community since launch.

Our new daily report analysis have helped us reduce the number of broken links even further, but also determine where we think problems will occur. If you have encountered a problem browsing the community, please do take a minute to let us know so we have a chance to try and address it.

Next week is ARM Kickstarter week in the community. If you've ran or participated to a Kickstarter campaign, whether you made millions or not, feel welcome to contribute and share you experience!

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

This week thanks go to Colin Walls. Colin joined the community before it became public, during our private phase. Follow Colin for updates on Embedded development.


Featured Partner

Happy 15th anniversary to Telechips, a semiconductor company designing and developing digital media processors. These are used in a wide range of applications from set top boxes to mobile TV, including automotive infotainment. If you have any question, ask Rami who has been keeping Telechips space up to date!


Tip - Reply By Email

When you are on the go, you can reply to most email notifications (all but direct messages or events) you received from the community.

Only two important points to remember.

  1. The sender email address must match the email address on your member profile,
  2. Add 5 dashes on an empty line to cut the unhelpful email signature and company disclaimer: Email Contribution, How Not To Show Signature/Disclaimer - Tip.


Is there anything taking you too much time?

Tell us and we can see if we can help reduce that!

Update on the Community

'Community Takeover'

And...that's a wrap on our first 'Community Takeover' type of event in the ARM Connected Community. In case you might have overlooked some of the great content that was shared, this document provides an easy rundown with the links to all the fantastic blogs, teardowns and polls from ARM Wearables Week. The wearables market is real and I'm very interested to see where it goes from here. Attention ARM Developers and Partners, keep on developing, there's still a lot of opportunity in this market!


On December 8th, we'll be hosting ARM Kickstarter Week in the community. During the week, we will be highlighting some successful ARM-based Kickstarter campaigns, as well as a variety of content on how to get your idea to market, and tutorials from ARM experts. I invite everyone to contribute during the week and share Kickstarter projects you've backed (or started), thoughts about the crowdfunding phenomena and anything else related to this space.


Going to the Paris next week for the ARM Tech Symposia?

Alban will be at the ARM Tech Symposia 2014 - Europe in Paris next week (Dec. 3-4), so please reach out to him if you are attending - he'd love to meet 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

Eoin McCann came over from ARM's acquisition of Duolog and published some great blogs this week: Interview: How to solve the IP integration problem, Samsung Exynos 7 Octa: Latest ARM® Cortex®-A57 and Cortex-A53-based SoC with ARM big.LITTLE™ technology, Freescale’s Layerscape LS2 SoCs fuel the adoption of SDN and NFV


Featured Partner

We welcome a new ARM Partner to the family - Iota Security builds advanced cyber security solutions for the Internet of Things. Yaron, it would be beneficial for everyone if you can share a blog around IoT security.


Tip -Tag it

Tags are essentially keywords. When you're about to post an item, like a blog post, document, or discussion, select or type in the keywords that come to mind in the Tags field. This will increase the search relevance of the item and help others find it in the future.


On many pages in the system you'll find a Tag Cloud that shows the most commonly used tags in that part of the community. You can click on any of the tags to find items that have been tagged with that word. You can even select multiple tags to narrow your search to items that have more than one tag applied.

Update on the Community

With Feedback and Metrics Come Great Things

Or at least useful things. We've observed that traffic is coming to pages which don't exist on our community.

To serve something somewhat useful to the user, we have changed the Not Found page, supporting multi-languages. That's a change I hope you won't see...

A couple of members got caught by Blog Scheduling Date Problem due to a locale mismatch, so we have added the mention in the UI, near the feature.

We've cleaned-up the homepage carousel as well, based on your feedback.

Finally, we fixed the syntax highlighter on mobile Chrome as the text was clipped in phone portrait mode.

Thanks for letting us know, giving us the opportunity to do something about it!

On Sunday, our software vendor will be doing some maintenance on the community. Look at the announcement on the homepage for more info.


Retiring Photo Albums

We will be removing the photo album feature from the community next month. It hasn't been used much, and we believe it has too many limitations. It will also slightly simplify the interface.

We have started transferring photo album images into documents, or blogs in our topic areas.

Members having photo albums on their profile will be contacted individually before we take a default action.

We intend to allocate the money saved in getting more content and useful features.


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

Rich Evans is a software engineer in the graphics developer relation team. Rich has been helping addressing many questions in ARM Mali Graphics. Follow him if you are interested in how to best use the Mali products.


Featured Partner

Forlinx Embedded Technology specialises in computer on modules, single board computers and does the manufacturing on top of the design. This Chinese company has their product information in the community.


Tip - Email Notifications on Your Content

When you reply/comment or create some content, you will automatically "follow" it in your inbox activity stream.

It means that you subscribe to the content for any update automatically.

The default behaviour at account creation used to be not to send email on these. Since last week, we have changed this.

In order for your to receive email updates for activities in your inbox, you need to check your user preferences.

The first item should be "On" to receive email notifications:


Is there anything taking you too much time?

Tell us and we can see if we can help reduce that!

A5-size-leaflet-sq.pngUpdate on the Community

The homepage carousel overlay issue on Internet Explorer has been addressed. We're now looking at code syntax highlighter issue in the Google Chrome Mobile.

If you see anything else, please let us know.

The Video: The ARM Connected Community is... made for the 1 year anniversary gives you an overview of the background/needs breadth of community members.

We've also been preparing the Wearables Week with Natalie Harrison, David Blaza and David Maidment. Follow ARM Wearables Week - 17 - 21 November 2014 to be notified: we will edit the document with new content as it is created.


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

I would like to encourage you to share your opinion on Anna Clark's Why are there so few women in software development?.


Featured Partner

This week we welcome PubNub. As Joe Hanson illustrates in 5 Challenges of Internet of Things Connectivity, PubNub's speciality is Internet of Things and they process 3 million messages per second with 5 nines SLAs. Joe, please think about adding your products/services in your company space so they are available as part of search results.


Tip - I Just Want the Open Questions I Can Help on

I was asked to explain how to filter content relevant to you... So I'll try and reply here.

If you are interested in open questions about a specific topic, you can use content filtering and the personalisable links at the top.



Here is a step by step guide:

  1. Go to Content at the top of any page to see content throughout the community.
  2. Click on Discussions, to see discussions across the community.
  3. In the drop down, select Open Questions if you don't want to see the closed subjects or the general discussions.
  4. In the search, type your search term. I'll take cortex-m as an example. This is an instant search, you do not need to click anywhere to get the results. You now see all open questions about Cortex-M, wherever they are in the community.
  5. Save the URL in your browser to use in step 7.
  6. Click on links at the top global navigation and click edit at the bottom of that menu.
  7. Select the entry you need the less and paste the URL from step 5. in the URL field.
  8. Give a descriptive name in the Label.
  9. You now can access your prefered search from the global navigation in the links menu.

Hello Everyone,

I am very sorry for the downtime which just took place. I sincerely hope you haven't lost too much of your work.

This issue has been caused by a human error = my error.

In order to bring improvements to the community, I am working on a development server which uses data copied from the live production community.

I could accuse my tiredness but the truth is I clicked on the wrong button and, instead of restarting our test server, I did so on the production environment.

I realised within seconds but it was too late to cancel.

Hopefully, this one-off personal error won't tarnish the impression/experience you've had of the community in the last year.

Update on the Community

Over the weekend, we managed to roll out most of what we wanted to do. Here is a summary:

  1. Clean-up the suggested tags to remove unwanted tags like crotex or coretex…
  2. Install custom redirections. For blog move, group renaming, vanity urls... This will make it easier to give URLs you can remember for special content: http://community.arm.com/partners for instance.
  3. Change homepage and all topic areas overview page layout to simplify and increase relevance. This is a first pass. Please share your impressions so we can tweak.
  4. Add a carousel on the homepage with overlay. There is an issue with Internet Explorer I need to fix. If you want your content featured, include an image in it so it's easier for us!!
  5. Add a register link on the login modal window. You will only see it if you flush your browser cache.

There are not enough replies to the survey to make the results really representative, even if it gives us an idea. May I encourage you to take a few minutes to complete that survey to guide our priorities?


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

Thanks yasuhikokoumoto for your participation. いままでのご協力ありがとうございます。これからの活躍を期待しています。 (Song Bin 宋斌 helped me for the Japanese )


Featured Partners

The season of the ARM Technology Symposia has started. If you attend, like Gilly from Sondrel, just tell the world!

If you read Chinese, ChipSPARK 芯客 just joined and can help you with development boards featuring Rockchip ARM Cortex-A9 MP2.


Tip - I Just Want the Questions/Answers

We have already mentioned this in the past, but because that's something I was asked again today, I thought I would explain it again.

Some readers might prefer to only see the Q&As, like a forum would be. Of course, it means you miss all the proactive content like blogs, tutorials and presentations, but it's up to you.

You can filter by the type of content, whether you are browsing globally or in a particular community.

When looking globally, just click on Content and then Discussions. You can then sort them the way you wish.

But you can also do that at the community level. For instance, to look at ARM Processors Q&As, go to the group, then click on the content tab, and on Discussions: ARM Processors Discussions.


Happy Anniversary!

The community is 1 year old today. At ARM TechCon 2013, the ARM Connected Community transitioned from being a B2B-only marketing partnership programme to1_Year_Anniversary_Stamp.png what it is today - a vibrant, interactive community that addresses developer needs.


Whether you are an SoC, system, application... developer, you now have a channel to reach ARM experts and provide your feedback, as well as a place to find a variety of ARM-related blogs, white papers and  tutorials. You also might have noticed that Brad Nemire has been publishing presentations from ARM TechCon 2014 as the organiser kindly authorized us to - these will be very useful for visitors and members. The presentations and their content will be searchable in the community, along Partners and members. So, before you ask a question, you might find that a talk addressed your particular need in details!


A Few Numbers

Within the last year, the ARM Connected Community welcomed more than 6,600 registered members  who have created more than 7,500 pieces of content! The content you created generated more than 26,000 engagements in the community (content revision, replies, likes, comments...) - keep in mind, this doesn't include sharing on social media and any dialogue occurring on them.


Finally, more than 50% of our ARM Partner companies claimed their transferred space within the first six months of the community launch! We now have more than 600 active partners in the community.


Room for Improvement

Engagement has significantly increased compared to what it was before the community, but we can do much better. We have a high number of "lurkers" or silent readers and having more members participating would be beneficial for everyone.


We are also working to be able to give you more code examples/ snippets. The first replies we received on our 5-minute survey already highlights this wish. In order to prioritise improvements, please take a few minutes to answer the survey - it will take you less than 5 minutes and will allow us to provide content and features you would like most. If you don't feel like completing the survey and you've never posted anything, consider commenting on this post.


Upcoming Changes

We have talked about the homepage changes for the last month. Unfortunately, we met some technical challenges and team illness, which means we haven't been able to roll them out today. This should be done next Sunday!


On Sunday, we will have a maintenance time when the community will not be available - I will need to restart it a few times. We will start the work at 11am UK time on Sunday, 2nd November and it is expected to last a few hours. We will remove the banner from the homepage when normal service resumes.


On top of the changes to the homepage and group overview pages, we are upgrading some plugins we are using to translate the user interface.


Thank you all for you contribution and your feedback during the first 12 months.


Let's aim higher for the next 12!

Update on the Community

5 Minute Member Survey

The new ARM Connected Community is turning 1 at the end of this month - and what a learning experience it was for everyone. As we plan for 2015, it would be very useful if you can complete a short survey (it will take you less than 5 minutes. We mean it, we timed it!) and then also comment below with what you enjoy about the community and/or any suggested changes we should think about implementing. The community was built for you, so we want to ensure we're providing for your needs. If you take a look back through the previous weekly Connecting the Dots blogs, we do listen to feedback and have made quite a few changes over the last year.


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

David Blaza contributed a wide range of blogs this week Mobile technology as a force for good in the world - check out this amazing experiment, Drones, kids, tiny transistors and the IoT, what I learned at TechCon 2014 and How to start a startup, free Stanford course taught by tech glitterati and Y Combinator


Featured Partner

New York based VOCAL Technologies is a leading designer of software and hardware solutions for voice, video, data and fax communications. Check out their partner page for recent product documents.


Tip - Bump a Thread

If you see a question that hasn't been properly answered - post a reply to it. This will "bump" the question back into people's activity streams.



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...

Update on the Community

With Q3 in the books, it's time to reward the winners of the ARM Connected Community Member Rewards Program!


Possibly there are some that do not know, but you receive points within the community for your contributions and engagement - ask a question, reply to discussion, post a 'correct' answer, contribute a blog, publish a status update, follow a member, and so on. Point System, Status Level - Guide will give you a bit more details, as well as the different community status levels you can obtain. Since launch (almost a year ago), the non-employee member with the most points is techguyz, with Jérôme Décamps and jensbauer not too far behind. I know that a very high majority of you are not here to win prizes for your efforts - but this is a way for us to say thank you and recognize you for all of your contributions to the ARM Connected Community. Below are the winners of  the ARM Connected Community Q3 Member Rewards Program, and the most viewed posts from the quarter.


A huge thank you to everyone in the community for your contributions - in Q3 the community welcomed nearly 1,300 members, 21 new ARM Partners and 1,462 pieces of published content!


The Top Employees and Members with the most points will be rewarded with an ARM-powered Dropcam Pro! The members will also receive a gleaming trophy badge for their profile.



The Rewards Programs will continue into Q4 and points will not be carried over - so you're all now on even field. Besides the Q4 Rewards Program, we will also be giving a $500 ARM-powered gift to the the employee and non-employee with the highest 2014 point total.



Top 3 Employees with Most Points

Karthik Shivashankar, Operations Manager of the ARM University Program - connect with Karthik if you're a professor and see how you can take advantage of the program

Ronan Synnott is a very knowledgeable ARM FAE focused on ARM Development Tools

Joseph Yiu, the 'go-to' for anything related to ARM Cortex-M processors and the author of the popular The Definitive Guide for Cortex-M book series


Top 3 Members with Most Points

Jérôme Décamps is an embedded developer hoping more french-speaking members will join him in the Community French section - Section française de la communauté.

Carlos Delfino joined the community only a few months ago as he's new to the ARM architecture and has taken full advantage of all the resources in the community - even sharing his steps and readings to obtain AAME certification. Best of luck Carlos!

Cadence's Editor in Chief Brian Fuller is a fierce ARM Step Challenge Competitor and a well-respected writer in the electronics industry


Most Viewed ARM Partners

Atmel is the back-to-back most viewed partner with help from their fantastic blogger Paul Rako

STMicroelectronics just unveiled their STM32 F7: First Cortex-M7 based 32-bit MCU

Freescale had a huge presence at ARM TechCon (even bringing in their new IoT Bus) and shared their vision for the new ARM Cortex-M7


Most Viewed Groups

ARM Processors

ARM and Keil Tools

ARM Mali Graphics


Most Viewed Content

Juno - A 64/32-bit dev board for TrustZone based TEE & Trusted OS developers by Rob Coombs with nearly 12,000 views

Mali: X11 vs. Wayland at SIGGRAPH 2014 by Guy Lunardi of Collabora

A Look Inside Android Wear by David Maidment


Popular Discussions

How to configure a 10 inch TFT LCD in ARM Cortex-M3? is a highly informative thread for anyone looking to do the same

Few beginner questions - from AVR to ARM

Why ARM "Cortex"? - do you know? If not, here's some interesting history.



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.