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Eoin McCann

News Summary - April 16th

Posted by Eoin McCann Apr 16, 2015

Hello all, it's been a busy few days for ARM and its partners, including acquisitions, new MCUs and an interview from our CEO about IoT


  • Several reporters including Mikael Ricknäs from IDG News reports ARM has acquired Wicentric and Sunrise Micro Devices, writing, “Neither company is exactly a household name, but ARM is convinced they will help it develop better Bluetooth products.”
  • David Manners from Electronics Weekly reports Infineon will use ARM-based MCUs for networked industrial automation and Industry 4.0 applications, stating, “Infineon has integrated EtherCAT onto an ARM Cortex-M-based microcontroller with on-chip flash and analogue/mixed signal capability.”
  • Ken Wieland from Mobile World Live highlights a video interview with Simon Segars on how the company stands to benefit from the growing IoT market, writing, “ARM processors can be found in most smartphones today, and Segars reckoned that the company’s collaborative business model means it is well placed to continue its dominance.”



As always, if you find any relevant or interesting news stories then please feel free to comment below

Eoin McCann

News Summary: April 14th

Posted by Eoin McCann Apr 14, 2015

Hi all, there's been plenty of industry news to whet your appetite:


  • Abdul Montaqim from Networking+ highlights his recent interview with Charlene Marini, stating, “Marini says the company is working closely with ‘90 percent’ of the companies in the networking space, adding that she sees the nature and style of networks changing within the next few years, with the need for greater control being the driving force.”
  • Kieren McCarthy from The Register highlights Cryptech’s ARM-based Hardware Security Module prototype, writing, “Cryptech’s goal is to develop an inexpensive ARM-powered Hardware Security Module (HSM) that can store cryptokeys and act as a signing engine to establish the authenticity of digital content.”
  • Neil Tyler from New Electronics highlights ARM’s agreement to allow Farnell to become the first distributor of ARM’s mbed Starter Kit, writing, “The agreement will open up opportunities for technical enthusiasts around the world looking to experiment and innovate with the Internet of Things (IoT).”


Also, some extra technology related news that I found while perusing the web. You may find these interesting as well, even if they are not related to the industry.



  • The Economist takes a look into some of the companies that are bidding to spread the internet revolution to emerging countries, and the different strategies they have for it
Eoin McCann

News Summary - April 9th

Posted by Eoin McCann Apr 9, 2015

Hello all, I've got news of new world records, future technology roadmaps and record-breaking industry revenues for you this week:


  • Jimmy Westenberg of Android Authority reports on how Xiaomi broke a Guinness World Record by selling 2.11 million smartphones in 12 hours as part of its Mi Fan Festival to celebrate the company's 5th anniversary
  • Jim O'Reilly from SearchServerVirtualization writes about how SDN and SDS are shaping future clouds, enabling organizations to segregate workloads while also enabling agility and rapid scaling.
  • Jessica Lipsky from EE Times reports TSMC has outlined plans to roll out a compact, low-power version of its 16nm FinFET process, writing, “TSMC has collaborated with ARM on a Cortex-A72 that leverages the 16FF+ to achieve 3.5x better performance than a Cortex A-15 while consuming 75 percent less power. TSMC and ARM will continue to collaborate on next generation process nodes.”
  • Leon Spencer of ZDNet tells readers that the global semiconductor market hit $340 billion in 2014 according to Gartner, a 7.9% increase year-on-year


If you see any news items you think are interesting or relevant, then please feel free to link them in the comments section below

Eoin McCann

News Summary - April 7th

Posted by Eoin McCann Apr 7, 2015

Hello all, here is a selection of the news highlights from the past couple of days:


  • Several reporters including Todd Weiss from eWeek report Acer’s ARM-powered Chromebase all-in-one desktop will debut in Q2 2015, writing, “The all-in-one reportedly has a fast boot-up time of about 10 seconds and includes built-in security features and automatic system updates.”
  • David Manners from Electronics Weekly reports Alibaba has joined Linaro Enterprise Group, noting, “Alibaba will collaborate with a range of companies within LEG to optimize the ARMv8-A software platforms and maximize potential savings in a range of real deployment use cases.”
  • Will Powell of TechWeekEurope writes about the imminent rise of wearable tech in enterprise, saying how where we once saw bring your own device (BYOD) driving mobility into enterprise, wearables can make an impact to key business operations first
  • Mike Dano of FierceWireless reports on the ZigBee Alliance and the Thread Group announcing a new collaboration to reduce IoT fragmentation they said will allow the ZigBee Cluster Library to run over Thread networks
  • Dan Frommer from Quartz reports ARM Holdings is “one of the winners” of the mobile revolution, writing, “ARM chips have become popular over the past decade for their relatively low power consumption…Intel, which is still the dominant chip company for desktop, laptop, and server PCs, has missed most of this trend. But it has kept trying.”


Have a great day, and if you see anything newsworthy or relevant then feel free to post it as a comment

Eoin McCann

News Summary - April 2nd

Posted by Eoin McCann Apr 2, 2015

Hello all, I hope nobody fell victim to any April Fool's pranks yesterday! Here's a collection of the latest news from the industry:


  • Ed Sperling from Semiconductor Engineering reports ARM’s microcontrollers provide options for a variety of power-sensitive devices, quoting Mentor Graphics Vice President Serge Leef as stating, “If anybody has done a good job optimizing designs for power it’s ARM, and there’s a lot of software for ARM, and there are a lot of people who know how to design with ARM and a lot of people who know how to program for ARM.”
  • Several reporters including Andrew Cunningham from Ars Technica highlight the ARM-based Google Chromebooks and Chromebit, writing, “The Haier Chromebook 11 uses a Rockchip RK3288 SoC which has four Cortex A17 cores with a max frequency of 1.8GHz, and a 600MHz ARM Mali-T764 GPU.”
  • Rachel King from ZDNet reports on how Broadcom Taps NFC as Another Entry Point Into Internet of Things, expanding its StrataGX family with some new ARM-based technology headed for mobile point-of-sale terminals.

I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend

Eoin McCann

News Summary - March 31st

Posted by Eoin McCann Mar 31, 2015

Hello all, here are the highlights from the last few days:


  • Several reporters including Charlie Demerjian from SemiAccuratehighlight the release of Gigabyte’s ARM-based servers, stating, “Gigabyte just launched three new ARM server products that don’t look like much on the surface. Under it however there is something that signifies a sea-change in the entire server market.”
  • Several reporters including Graham Pitcher from New Electronics report Cypress and Traveo have partnered to collaborate on a graphics platform for the ARM-based Traveo S6J32BA and S6J32DA product families.
  • Richard Wilson of Electronics Weekly announces that Xilinx have joined the Linux Foundation, the industry organization supporting growth of Linux and collaborative development.
  • Several reporters including Jamie Condliffe from Gizmodo report Atmel’s ARM-based SAM L21 32-bit line of microcontrollers aims to extend battery life to over 10 years per charge, noting, “This new Amtel chip has different sleep states, allowing connected devices to communicate with each other while the chip continues to use very little power.”

Feel free to comment below if you find any relevant or interesting stories yourself

For a few months, I've had my eyes on Marvell Semiconductor's Serial-ATA RAID controllers.

In particular, my focus is on 88SE9230; a 4 port controller, which offers higher speeds than anything else I've seen.

The controller is ARM based; as mentioned above, it has built-in RAID support (RAID 0/1/10).

In addition to that, Marvell added some new technology to boost the performance further; their HyperDuo technology, which basically means if one of the ports is attached to a SSD, this SSD will be used as a cache while writing the data to the drives connected to the other ports.

Thus you would get a much faster RAID for a lower cost.


Read more about Marvell's S-ATA controllers.

Marvell 88SE92xx Product Brief

Marvell HyperDuo Technology Brief


Marvell is also recommended by Western Digital; drives, which I've been using for years because of their stability (they work fine, even after being tossed around by the danish mail delivery, which means they can take a lot of beating - yes, I actually received a box containing 3 drives; the shipping box did not look at all like a box, but the drives are still working well after 4 years).


I believe one of these RAID controllers would be a perfect companion to a Cortex-A based board; in particular, it would be very suitable for working with video applications and video streams.

Eoin McCann

News Summary - March 26th

Posted by Eoin McCann Mar 26, 2015

Hello all, you'll find below a mixture of ARM partner SoC announcements and new devices making it to the market this week!


  • Several reporters including Steve Bush from Electronics Weekly highlight Texas Instruments’ announcement of the ARM Cortex-M4F version of its MSP430 microcontroller family, noting, “Using its ARM architectural licence to modify the core, and its own 90nm low-power chip process, TI claims this the lowest power production Cortex-M4F yet.”
  • Several reporters including Ian Cutress from AnandTech report GIGABYTE released two SoC solutions for servers based on ARM’s v8-A architecture, noting, “While GIGABYTE’s server division has been hard at work enabling their products to be sold at retail, the ARM based platforms will most likely be a distributor b2b only offering, at least of now.”
  • Richard Wilson of Electronics Weekly tells how Cypress Semiconductor is sampling a USB Type-C cable microcontroller which includes power delivery (PD) on a small footprint
  • Wayne Williams from BetaNews has news of an Affordable 5 Inch Quad-core Android Smartphone, the ZTE Blade L2, priced at just £89.99 off contract and containing a quad-core processor and a 5-inch screen
  • Ray Le Maistre of Light Reading reports on EZChip embarking on a new high-capacity network processor strategy in an effort to capitalize on market demand for next-generation servers to support NFV rollouts


As always, if you find any news item you think is interesting or relevant then feel free to add to this section Have a great weekend!

Eoin McCann

News Summary - March 24th

Posted by Eoin McCann Mar 24, 2015

Good afternoon all, I've curated a selection of the most interesting news stories that have happened this week so far!


  • Several reporters including Charles Murray from Design News report Texas Instruments unveiled its new line of ARM-based MCUs, the MSP432, to help developers build low power architectures, writing, “It could be especially important for industrial applications involving multiple sensors because it provides the performance to handle large streams of data without compromising power requirements.”
  • Tona Danova of Business Insider thinks India Is Poised to Take Over as the Next High-growth Smartphone Market as the Indian smartphone market has reached the same point that the Chinese smartphone market was at by the end of 2013.
  • Cade Metz of WIRED writes that Voice Control Will Force an Overhaul of the Whole Internet as the project known as Sirius helps software coders explore the complexities of modern speech recognition
  • David Steele of Android Headlines reports that Xiaomi's new budget device will be based around the Leadcore processor, model designation LC1860C, which is a quad-core, 32-bit, 28nm ARM Cortex-A7 clocked at up to 1.5GHz after it was leaked on Weibo


As always, please contribute your own newsworthy stories if you find anything interesting and relevant to the community

Eoin McCann

News Summary - March 19th

Posted by Eoin McCann Mar 19, 2015

Hello all, it's been a very busy week with plenty of announcements across the world for ARM and its partners! I've picked out some of the highlights for you to enjoy.


  • Several reporters including David Manners from Electronics Weekly report ARM projects it will have a 20 percent market share in the server IC market by 2020, stating, “Moor Insights say that, over three years, the cost of buying and running ARM servers could be 35% less than x86 and they use two thirds the number of physical racks.”
  • Several reporters including Jeff Burt from eWeek report Cavium is adding support for NVIDIA’s Tesla GPUs to its ARM-based ThunderX servers, noting, “Adding support for NVIDIA's Tesla Accelerated Computing platform will help Cavium make ThunderX more attractive to organizations in such areas as high-performance computing, scientific computing, cloud computing and data analytics, according to company officials.”
  • Several reporters including Jeff Burt from eWeek highlight the ARM-based Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c’s ability to enhance the development of prototypes for embedded and IoT systems, writing, “Much of the focus has been around the embedded and IoT spaces, which isn't surprising, given the expected growth in the number of small, connected devices over the next several years.”
  • Tony Smith from The Register writes about a group of guys calling themselves Five Ninjas that announced Slice, a hackable media box based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module

If you come across any news stories that you feel are interesting or relevant then please feel free to post them here as well. Have a great weekend everybody

Eoin McCann

News Summary - March 12th

Posted by Eoin McCann Mar 12, 2015

Good afternoon all, here is a highlight of the latest industry news from the past couple of days:


  • John O’Hanlon from Business Review Europe reports ARM has launched a smart product design competition for devices based on the ARM Cortex-M processor, noting, “The goal is to create a device fulfilling any function in areas such as home automation, measurement, the Internet of Things or system control.”
  • Rick Merritt from EETimes writes that more than 100 chips in or headed for production have taped out using FinFET-based process technologies, according to EDA tool vendor Synopsys Inc.
  • Damon Poeter of PCMag reports how Free Mobile on Tuesday introduced a new living room TV streaming hub called the Freebox STB, which the French broadband and Internet TV provider said will be the first Ultra HD set-top box running Android TV when it goes on the market later this month.
  • Several reporters including Richard Wilson from Electronics Weekly highlight ARM’s partnership with the BBC to provide computing devices to U.K. students, writing, “If the [one million devices] target is met the device could match the success of the Raspberry Pi educational computer.”
  • Caroline Hayes of Chip Design Mag gave an international view of Embedded World 2015, describing how 900+ exhibitors came from 37 countries to the halls of Messe Nuremberg
  • Charlie Demerjian of SemiAccurate writes about Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820, Cat 11 and more


Have a great weekend folks!

Tom Stevens

News Summary - March 10th

Posted by Tom Stevens Mar 10, 2015

Hi Everyone,


There has been rather a lot of news in the ARM sphere to update you on!


Firstly, several reporters have been covering the new mbed IoT Starter Kit, including:


  • Bill Wong from Electronic Design reports on the ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit, writing, “Overall, the kit provides an easy way to evaluate mbed and IoT connectivity to IBM at a very low cost. The shield provides plenty of I/O for bidirectional feedback with IBM’s cloud interface.”
  • A blog post from Creative Intellect Consulting highlights ARM’s partnership with IBM around the mbed IoT Starter Kit, writing, “Where the ARM kit offers something much more is that ARM’s history and experience is within the embedded systems space. The ecosystem that ARM has nurtured around embedded applications knows what it takes to create production quality hardware/software devices at scale.”
  • Richard Quinnell from EDN highlights vendors at Embedded World which have taken strides to provide end-to-end support in the emerging IoT market, stating, “ARM also announced a program, the mbed IoT Starter Kit, targeting Cortex M-class devices and providing out-of-the-box cloud connectivity and services.”

MediaTek showed their MT8173 SoC at MWC last week, which is based on the new ARM Cortex-A72 processor. Andrei Frumusanu from AnandTech writes "This puts the number A72 licensees with announced products already at two, with Qualcomm being the other one in the form of the Snapdragon 618 and 620."

An article from Computer Business Review continues to highlight the potential of IoT in the U.K., noting ARM’s Gary Atkinson stating, “…The IoT infrastructure is out there and operates on a lower bandwidth than the mobile network it runs parallel with.”

And finally, other stories in the news about ARM include:


  • Anita Podsiadlo from M2M Now reports Telit has added availability for the ARM Complier for the Telit AppZone for the development of embedded processors, noting, “By agreement with ARM, Telit can now offer the ARM Compiler as an option for optimal performance and size management.”
  • Daniel Owens from New Electronics highlights how ARM processors accelerate safety-critical compliance, stating, “As such, it behooves developers using ARM-based processors to look closely at what tool-chain vendors may have to offer to both ensure standards compliance while adapting to increasing time-to-market pressure.”
  • Elizabeth Anderson from The Telegraph highlights Cambridge’s leadership in the tech sector, stating, “Twenty years ago, there were no billion-dollar companies in Cambridge. But in the past two decades it has become a hotbed for firms of that size, with 14 created, including chip designer ARM, software firm Autonomy and technology group Aveva.”

Hope you all have a great week!

Eoin McCann

News Summary - Mar 5th

Posted by Eoin McCann Mar 5, 2015

Hello all, it's been a very busy week with Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco! Here are the news headlines from the last couple of days:


  • Several reporters including Ryan Smith from AnandTech highlight the announcement of Geomerics’ Enlighten 3 lighting technology at GDC, writing, “Ultimately ARM tells us that they believe 2015 will be a big year for Geomerics in the mobile space, saying they expect a number of mobile titles to use the technology.”
  • Several reporters including Damon Poeter from PCMag report on ARM’s announcement with Tencent Games, writing, “The partnership with ARM…gives Tencent Games an early look at developer boards powered by ARM's Cortex central processors and Mali graphics processors.”
  • Charlie Osborne of ZDNet gives a summary of the top mobile gadgets and smartphones at MWC

Hi All,

Please see below some highlights from what user Marni Welch aptly called "the ARMverse"

  • Caroline Hyde from Bloomberg Businessweek spoke with ARM’s Simon Segars at MWC. During the broadcast interview, Segars states, “It’s all about constant innovation and working with our partners. A few weeks ago, we launched a new high-performance processor which we expect to see in phones next year and the year after, and that product has come about through constant collaboration between us and our lead partners.”
  • Jeff Burt from eWeekhighlights ARM’s efforts to compete within the server market through its Intelligent Flexible Cloud, writing, “ARM and its broad array of partners are working together to develop the technology and map out the architecture that will enable carriers and service providers to handle the growing network demands while managing the challenges of latency, power and size constraints.”
  • Kevin Fitchard from Gigaom highlights ARM and Cavium’s efforts to bring mobile networks to the cloud through Cloud-RAN, writing, “Cavium is using its ThunderX data center processors, which use up to 48 ARMv8 cores, as the building blocks for a virtualized base station. At Mobile World Congress, Cavium and ARM will basically ‘load’ an LTE network into system-on-chip (SoC).”
  • Richard Wilson from Electronics Weekly reports Simon Segars’ MWC keynote highlighted the need to reinvent mobile infrastructure to accommodate universal connectivity, quoting Segars as stating, “Mobile infrastructure is now seen as an enabler for economic growth around the world, but without investment and a change in the network architecture that growth will stall.”
  • Oscar Williams-Grut from The Independent highlights the growing market for smartwatches and wearable technology, quoting ARM’s David Maidment as stating, “We see this as a very exciting emerging space. From our point of view the market is real, it’s happening. All of the large equipment manufacturers are launching devices.”


  • Andrei Frumusanu from AnandTech reports Broadcom uses an ARM Cortex-R4 processor in its BCM4359 WiFi combo chip solution, noting, “What this enables is a sort of ‘full duplex’ on the two frequency bands instead of having the baseband having to switch between each in an interleaving manner.”

During the week of February 23rd, I was at Embedded World when ARM announced the launch of live remote training, which is the delivery of training courses via live web conferencing to any location.


Live Remote Training Newsletter Image.jpg

ARM has provided face to face training for many years. We understand how difficult it can sometimes be to get an engineering team together for a face to face training course, especially if the engineers are in different countries. Live remote training allows engineers in different locations to easily attend the same training course. Importantly, the training continues to be instructor led so students can interact and ask questions.


Live remote training is ideal for smaller groups, from two engineers upwards, so it can be a cost-effective method of training. We can arrange courses at short notice and the content can be customized to suit your training requirements. We can give you guidance on which training modules to choose to maximize your training investment.


Courses can be anything from two hours to two days long. We suggest that longer courses are broken into shorter two or four hour sessions and delivered over an extended period, so the training is more beneficial to the student.


A range of live remote training courses are available including a two hour course introducing ARMv8-A architecture, a one day advanced course on virtualization and a selection of two day courses covering ARM NEON™ and ARM CoreSight™ debug and trace technology.  View the complete list of live remote training courses. If the course you need isn't listed, please get in touch with us and we will do our best to put together a custom agenda for you.


Initially the courses will be taught in English, but we expect to support other languages, including Mandarin, at a later date.


Each student will need access to a computer or laptop with a live broadband internet connection and headphones or speakers. It is also possible for a number of students to log in together from a conference room with a suitably large display screen. In this case, only one computer would be needed but interactivity with the instructor may be slightly reduced. As with our well-known face to face training, students will receive a training manual and a certificate of attendance.


I am very excited about the additional opportunities which this offers the wider ARM community to gain access to the kind of training which has, so far, only been accessible to our larger customers and to those with large training budgets. Since the announcement, we have already seen enquiries from customers all over the world, which is evidence that there is a real thirst for knowledge about ARM and we are excited about helping to meet that need.


Imagine getting trained from ARM without leaving your desk!


Find out more about training from ARM, or please email me you have any questions.




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