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  • David Blaza from DesignNews highlights the impact ARM microcontroller architectures will have on the automotive industry, stating, “ARM cores are widely used in mobile devices, and as they become available in other microcontrollers, they are going to change the cost-benefit equation of many industries and especially the Internet of things.”
  • Richard Wilson from Electronics Weekly reports Green Hills Software has released its µ-velOSity real-time operating system with support for ARM Cortex-M and Cortex-R architectures, noting, “The RTOS is designed to use a small number of CPU clock cycles and memory, requiring only 1.6kbyte of ROM.”
  • Sean Buckley from FierceTelecom highlights an IHS Infonetics forecast that projects the NFV market will reach $11.6 billion in 2019, writing, “The research firm said that while service providers are still early in the long-term, 10- to 15-year transformation to virtualized networks, revenue from outsourced services for NFV projects is projected to grow at a 71 percent compound annual growth rate from 2014 to 2019.”
  • Colin Johnson of EETimes reports that the Freescale Internet of Tomorrow Touring truck won the EETimes ACE award for marketing yesterday.
  • Phil Tottman of CRN UK highlights that Gartner predicts a 59% spike in mobile data for 2015, as worldwide data traffic is set to hit 52 million terabytes
  • Several reporters including Jeff Burt from eWeek report the Thread Group has unveiled a wireless networking protocol for IoT connectivity, noting the protocol is “designed to help create a mesh network to help Thread-enabled connected devices discover and communicate with each other.”
  • Several reporters including Neil McAllister from The Register report SUSE announced it is releasing a version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Sever 12  for 64-bit ARM server chips, noting, “Tuesday saw the arrival of a new version of the operating system for ARM's AArch64 architecture, albeit only for development and testing, for now.”
  • DH Kass from The VAR Guy has findings from a study that suggests enterprise could rescue stagnant consumer tablet sales with new uses in the workplace
  • Brandon Chester of AnandTech highlights that HTC are bringing the One M9+ to Europe, with the big difference being that it has an aluminium unibody design instead of plastic, and it brings back HTC's secondary duo-cam camera.
  • Jeff Burt from eWeek reports Applied Micro and Cavium are displaying their ARM-based server SoCs at the ISC, stating, “Officials with ARM and partners—not only Applied Micro and Cavium, but also AMD and Marvell Technology—have been talking for several years about taking its low-power chip architecture, which is found in most smartphones and tablets, into the server space.”
  • Several reporters including Richard Wilson from Electronics Weekly report Renesas will partner with Audi to develop semiconductor devices for automotive control systems, noting, “Of particular interest to Audi is the chip firm’s MONOS flash technology as well as its development of 28nm process technology.”
  • Natasha Lomas of TechCrunch writes how the UK government is to fund IoT for cities projects with up to $15m
  • Sergio Chalbaud of Payments Source writes that Latin America has the fastest rate of smartphone adoption in the world, making it a potent breeding ground for mobile payment apps, amongst others
  • Several reporters including Kate Sweeney from Business Weekly report BBC released the design for its ARM-based BBC micro:bit pocket computer for U.K. students, writing, “ARM CEO Simon Segars said technology had become as much part of childhood as riding a bike or kicking a ball.”. You can see Gary Atkinson's blog on it here: Say hello to the #BBCmicrobit - a pocket-sized computer inspiring a new generation to get creative with digital
  • Tom Austin-Morgan from New Electronics reports Advantech’s UBC-220 connected computing device includes an ARM-based Freescale i.MX6 Dual Lite 1GHz processor, stating, “The box computer has the connectivity to bridge multiple devices in the same network.”
  • Anton Shilov from KitGuru reports on TSMC’s announcement of the production of ARM-based verification chips for its 10nm manufacturing technology, writing, “TSMC’s 10nm test IC features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A57 module, which is a clear indicator that the company’s 10nm FinFET (CLN10FF) process technology is ready for design of advanced system-on-chips.”
  • Timothy Prickett Morgan of The Platform predicts that the cloud will drive nearly half of IT infrastructure, as the numbers confirm what many of us suspect intuitively, and that is that the move to cloud architectures is driving a lot of sales of servers
  • Several reporters including Lucian Armasu from Tom’s Hardware report Google added support for the ARM-based Nvidia Tegra X1 chip in its Coreboot Chromebooks, noting, “It would also be the first 64-bit ARM-based Chromebook to ship, considering Tegra X1 is based on the ARMv8-A architecture.”
  • Katie Dvorak from FierceHealthIT highlights a Goldman Sachs report that found IoT could result in $305 billion in savings for the healthcare industry by 2020, writing, “Goldman sees increasing opportunities for use of telemedicine, behavior modification and remote patient monitoring.”
  • David Manners from Electronics Weekly reports Nordic Semiconductor has updated its ARM-based nRF52832 SoC with Bluetooth Smart and NFC for Touch-to-Pair, writing, “According to Nordic Semi, with a 215 CoreMark the nRF52832 delivers up to 60 percent more generic processing power than competing products and, thanks to its ARM Cortex-M4F, up to an additional 10 times the floating point and twice the DSP performance.”
  • Chris O'Brien of VentureBeat reports that India will pass the US to become the world's second largest smartphone market by 2017, as a looming change of the economic guard.


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  • Richard Wilson from Electronics Weekly reports Cubitech has released its new ARM-based computer module Cubieboard, noting, “It is based around a chipset from China-based Allwinner. The A10 SoC is an ARM Cortex-A8 CPU and Mali400 GPU.”
  • Meredith Courtemanche from TechTargetargues Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux (RHEL) server platform for ARM processors could spark growth in the ARM server market, writing, “While the ARM offering is ‘far from being productized,’ Red Hat will work with the community to refine and evolve the OS.”
  • Gabe Moretti of ChipDesignMag brings you Gary Smith's DAC presentation on changing landscapes; he said that small IP modules were now commodities that are free, or practically free, and that the only source of IP revenue will be IP subsystems.
  • Samantha ** of The Edge Markets has a report from the International Data Corp (IDC) which forecasts that smartphone shipments in Southeast Asia will reach approximately 100 million units in 2015, an increase of 21% over 2014.
  • Simon Sharwood of The Register highlights LG's efforts to boost battery life in smart watches. The idea here is simple: smart watches are round-ish. Batteries today are usually rectangular. So by building a hexagonal battery (not a symmetrical hexagon, sadly) it becomes possible to pack extra power into a wearable.


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  • Several reporters including Alan Patterson from EE Times report ARM and Synopsys have partnered with UMC to develop some of the first test chips with UMC's 14nm FinFET technology, noting ARM’s Will Abbey stated, “We are highly encouraged by the test chip tapeout of a Cortex-A family core using UMC's 14nm FinFET process.”
  • Several reporters including Jeff Burt from eWeek report Freescale announced plans to use the ARM Cortex-A72 SoC architecture in upcoming versions of its QorIQ LS2 networking processors, noting, “Freescale officials said their company was the first to announce it for communications processors, adding that the Cortex-A72 will offer both improved performance and lower overall power consumption, both of which are increasingly important as the numbers of mobile devices and the Internet of things systems continue to grow.”
  • Andrei Frumusanu from AnandTech reports Marvell announced two new ARM-based Kinoma IoT hardware prototyping platforms, writing, “The piece is powered by Marvell's MW302 WiFi-SoC microcontroller uses an ARM Cortex M4F at 200MHz and has 512KB of SRAM memory which serves as the platform's main memory.”
  • Drew Fitzgerald of The Wall Street Journal makes an interesting observation about data centers and hidden water use, finding that a midsize data center uses roughly as much water as about 100 acres of almond trees or three average hospitals, and more than two 18-hole golf courses.


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Good afternoon, here is the latest news from the industry from the past few days


    • Several reporters including Richard Wilson from Electronics Weekly report Freescale’s new series of i.MX7 MCUs are based on two ARM processors, noting, “The two processors are an ARM Cortex-A7 running at 1GHz and the ARM Cortex-M4 running at 266MHz. These are two of ARM’s most power efficient cores.”
    • Tom Austin-Morgan from New Electronics reports Texas Instruments extended the range of its Sitara AM437x processor by using the ARM-based AM4376, writing, “The processor contains a programmable real-time unit, industrial communications subsystem (PRU-ICSS) that offloads tasks from the ARM core, so developers can save cost and differentiate their designs.”
    • Nimish Sawant of Tech 2 brings you a review of the new LG G4, which has a handcrafted leather back, 16MP camera and more. Powering the LG G4 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset which has a dual-core ARM Cortex-A57 and quad-core A53 with processor with 64-bit support and also houses Adreno 418 GPU.
    • Joe McKendrick of ZDNet reports that a survey finds only half of enterprise developers are ready for the internet of things.
    • Craig Chapple of Develop highlights the UK game industry, which has reached a record high for employment according to new research

Good afternoon all, after a week-long hiatus the industry news roundup is back! This week there have been bullish announcements galore as plenty of companies continue their push forward into IoT and supercomputing, while Samsung maintain their foundry's momentum as it will be included in the Galaxy smartphone.


  • Timothy Prickett Morgan from The Platform reports the Barcelona Supercomputing Center is deploying an ARM-based prototype server for supercomputing, stating, “The work to cluster these low-end hybrid CPU-GPU systems is providing the software foundation that could help ARM take on the hegemony of the x86 architecture in HPC and even possibly put hybrid ARM-GPU systems in contention with x86-GPU systems with much more oomph per chip.”
  • Several reporters including Richard Wilson from Electronics Weekly report Renesas has released a new embedded development platform for IoT called Synergy based on the ARM Cortex-M series, noting, “There are four Cortex-M series MCUs – the entry-level Cortex-M0 aimed at low power IoT devices, and there are three Cortex-M4 devices clocked from 40MHz to 240MHz.”
  • Several reporters including Sarmistha Acharya from International Business Times reported Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Neo will run on an ARM-based Exynos 7580 processor.
  • Matt Windsor of Phys.org has news of How a New Cloud Computing System Could Turn Anyone Into a Tech Entrepreneur. The Nest, the researchers point out, has a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, enough power to "support a significant value chain above and beyond its current use cases given the extra capabilities inherent in the system."


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  • How do we prepare children for the challenges of the future?

  • What are the skills children need to develop in a dynamically changing world?

  • Can technology empower inclusion? How?

  • How can the private sector support positive solutions that are commercially sustainable?


Untitled[1].pngIn 2015 and 2016 Unicef UK and Pearson are bringing together entrepreneurs, experts, corporate leaders and Unicef experts from around the world to share different approaches on the major issues confronting children, and to start a conversation that can spark future solutions and collaborations.


Under the umbrella of the Activate Talks series, Unicef and Pearson aim to craft a new journey on how we activate change for children.


The first Activate Talk: Future Learning

25 June 2015, 4PM-8PM BST


Although access to education has improved in the past decade for millions of children, as of 2012 around 58 million children of primary school age remain out of school and half of them live in countries that have
been affected by conflict. These children have not been blessed by the promises of the technology revolution, they are not born as digital natives and still lack basic skills they need to lead productive lives.


Join us on the 25 June to understand how innovators from around the world are tackling these challenges head on. We will have hands-on trials of innovative solutions and engaging and dynamic sessions exploring a variety of topics. The event is moderated by BBC Click journalist Spencer Kelly, and the speakers include:


  • Juan Pablo Giraldo Ospino: Innovation Specialist at UNICEF Education
  • Tom Hall:  VP- Technology Delivery, Growth Markets at Pearson plc.
  • Mike Muller: Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer at ARM Holdings
  • Dr. Aiman Badri, National Programme Officer for UNESCO in Sudan and Project Director at E-Learning Sudan, a partnership that aims to reintegrate children into schools through an accelerated e-learning programme
  • Kate Radford: Innovation Programmes Manager at War Child Holland and a partner of E-Learning Sudan
  • Stefanie Druga: Founder at HacKIDemia, a global network that designs workshops and kits enabling kids to use curiosity, play, and empathy to solve global challenges
  • Alison Naftalin: Founder & CEO at Lively Minds, an organisation working to improve early childhood development in deprived rural communities in Ghana and Uganda
  • Juan Santander: Chief of Social Policy, Planning, M&E at UNICEF Lebanon
  • Zoe Peden: Co-Founder & Chief Juggler at Insane Logic, a Social Enterprise that helps people learn to communicate.


We would be delighted to welcome you this event. Please do contact Unicef UK if this is of interest (activate@unicef.org.uk).

It has been a busy week at ARM Towers as there have been a number of important announcements that will impact the way electronics are designed in the years to come! In case you missed it, here are the three key stories:


  • At Computex in Taiwan this week, ARM announced a new IoT subsystem for Cortex-M processors that promises to significantly reduce the time and risk involved with SoCs developed for the smart home and smart city markets




  • ARM announced an agreement yesterday with Samsung to take consumers' visual experiences to the next level. The long term agreement enables Samsung to create next generation devices capable of delivering even more compelling visual experiences. "Hundreds of millions of consumers have benefited from the longstanding collaboration between Samsung and ARM" said Mark Dickinson, general manager of ARM's media processing group
  • ARM advanced its mission to enable SoC designers to configure, create and assemble IP-based system over the course of days rather than months with the launch of a new suite of IP tools. The IP tooling suite, comprising Socrates Design Environment, CoreSight Creator and CoreLink Creator, will enable partners to achieve an 8x improvement in system assembly schedule.


The blog below was written by Sharat Chander, Director of Oracle Java Marketing.  It is impressive that any piece of software can be relevant after 20 years - Java is not only alive but is thriving.   

In the enterprise space Oracle estimates that 85% of all apps are written in Java.  Oracle is currently making a major push in to the Cloud and IoT spaces. 

ARM and Oracle have developed a very strong and respectful relationship.  Recent achievements by both companies include mbed support on Java ME and a server related Java SE port to ARM's AArch64 (V8) slated for production in late summer 2015.

Congratulations to Oracle and the Java team and here's to many more years of Java development and success.

Kind regards,


Paul Manfrini

ARM Strategic Alliances

Oracle Partner Manager


Oracle and the Community Celebrate 20 Years of Java

by Sharat Chander Director Oracle Java Marketing


Oracle, users and the development community worldwide are celebrating 20 years of Java. Today, Java serves as the critical backbone of software that touches both our work and personal lives. From innovations in enterprise big data, cloud, social, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT), to connected cars, smartphones and video games, Java continues to help developers push the boundaries in technology innovation.

Evolution of the World’s #1 Programming Language

Introduced in 1995, Java is the programming language of choice for 9 million developers and today powers 7 billion devices. Improving road and air safety, collecting information from the world’s oceans for science applications, increasing grain crop quality and quantifying to help feed the hungry, simulating the human brain and musculoskeletal system, and gaming are some of the intriguing projects worldwide that use the Java technology.

Ushering in the Next Era of Java


Oracle and the Java community are now focused on delivering new innovations in Java 9. The key planned feature of this release is Project Jigsaw, which aims to modularize the platform in order to make it scalable to a wider range of devices, make it easier for developers to construct and maintain libraries and large applications, and improve security, maintainability, and performance. Other features slated for Java 9 include the Java Shell, an interactive tool for evaluating snippets of Java code; a new HTTP client API to support HTTP/2 and Web Sockets; a port to the ARM AArch64 architecture on Linux; and a variety of updates to existing APIs along with some significant performance improvements.

Oracle and ARM


The ongoing relationship between Oracle and ARM is also a benefit to the global Java developer community.  By collaborating together Java developers can take advantage of the JDK for new-found opportunities in the ever expanding internet of things ecosystem. 

The JDK is a development environment for building applications and components using the Java programming language. The JDK includes tools useful for developing and testing programs written in the Java programming language and running on the Java platform. JDK 8 for ARM is supported on systems based on 32-bit ARM v6 or ARM v7 running Linux.


JDK 8 for ARM Downloads

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  • Jeff Burt from eWeek highlights an IDC report stating hyperscale data centers drove server growth in Q1 2015, writing, “Rack, blade and tower servers all saw revenue increases, but it was the density-optimized systems aimed at hyperscale data centers that got much of the analysts' attention.”
  • Jason Verge of Data Center Knowledge reports that HP has acquired ConteXtreme to bolster its NFV credentials. ConteXtreme is a provider of an OPenDaylight-based, carrier-grade SDN fabric for NFV
  • Several reporters including Gregory Walton from The Telegraphreport ARM is developing ADAS technology to prevent concentration lapses among drivers, noting, “The firm predicts that the technology is just ‘few years away from mass deployment.’”
  • Several news outlets including the BBC are reporting on the news that Avago Technologies is due to buy Broadcom for $37bn


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  • Jeff Burt from eWeek highlights AMD’s refocused roadmap for data centers, writing, “The effort includes the new "Zen" architecture that will aim for both high-performance PCs and data center servers, new Radeon graphics products and continued development of ARM-based server processors.”
  • Jessica Lipsky of EETimes has news on the Samsung announcement of its next-generation process technology, a 10nm FinFET node. The announcement comes a month after Samsung detailed its 14nm process.
  • Tess Bennett of Applicance Retailer says the Australian Wearable Market is Predicted to Be Worth $1 Billion by 2018, growing at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 78 per cent for the period 2014 to 2018, with revenues expected to reach $1 billion by 2018, according to Frost & Sullivan’s new report.
  • Nathan Eddy of eWeek reports Software-Defined Storage Gaining Traction Among Businesses, as more than half of organizations (52 percent) look to extend the life of existing storage assets and future-proof their IT infrastructure with software-defined storage (SDS) in 2015.

Hello all, here's the latest news from the past few days in the industry!

  • Fox Businesspublished a video interview between Simon Segars and Liz Claman as part of its “Suite Spot” series, discussing ARM’s growth into a multi-national semiconductor leader. Segars states, “We had to work hard for those first deals. Our business model was different, but through a lot of hard work and effort by everyone in the company, we achieved some success.”
  • Agam Shah from Computerworld highlights ARM’s process towards releasing its new processor designs, noting, “ARM is meeting the demands of a smartphone industry that's heading toward a cycle of six months to one year, said Dean McCarron, principal analyst at Mercury Research.”
  • Several reporters including Michael Kan from Network World report Huawei has launched a new OS operating on low power for IoT, writing, “The Liteos software can be as small as 10 kilobytes in size, and is designed to run on minimal power, making it suitable for a wide range of hardware, including microcontrollers and ARM Cortex embedded processors.”
  • Tech outlet Evertiq have coverage of ST and ARM cultivating future engineering talent in China with an innovation lab initiative to promote the ARM mbed and STM32 technologies
  • Desire Athow of TechRadar reports How Toshiba’s New Storage Device Could Change the Data Center as the whole set is enabled by an unidentified Linux platform that will allow the device to run what Toshiba calls, the next generation of software-defined storage applications.


As always, please feel free to add in your stories in the comments below if you see anything interesting

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