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  • Silviu Stahie from Softpedia highlights Linus Torvalds’ presentation at LinuxCon, which projected a strong 2016 for ARM’s presence in Chromebooks, noting, “There is no doubt that Chromebooks are taking over the world, slowly, but we have to keep in mind that a large number of those Chromebooks are running with ARM processors. Many of the people who buy Chromebooks don’t really care what processor it has, as long as it works, and so the ARM CPUs are spreading.”
  • Richard Wilson from Electronics Weeklyhighlights the specifications of the Odroid ARM-based Raspberry Pi rival, writing, “… the Odroid-C1+ has a quad-core ARM Cortex-A5(ARMv7) based Amlogic processor running at 1.5GHz.”
  • Several reporters including Rick Merritt from EE Times highlight the release of Marvell’s ARM-based MoChi modular SoC, noting, “The first two MoChi products sampling include Marvell’s AP806 which uses four ARM Cortex-A72 cores, supports FLC and will support multiple storage and networking companion modules.”
  • Several reporters including Tom Austin-Morgan from New Electronics highlight the release of Cypress Semiconductor’s ARM-based Bluetooth smart module, stating, “Based on Cypress’s PSoC 4 BLE Programmable SoC with an ARM Cortex-M0 core, the EZ-BLE PSoC module integrates all of the building blocks of a sensor-based system, along with Cypress’s CapSense capacitive touch-sensing functionality, two crystals, an on-board trace antenna, metal shield and passive components, all in an 11 x 11 x 1.8mm form factor.”
    • In an Fortunearticle by Barb Darrow and Stacey Higginbotham that previews Amazon’s new IoT service, the reporters look at a number of other existing cloud IoT platforms, including IBM’s offering. The reporters make mention of IBM’s recent partnership with ARM, writing, “As for the bigger players, IBM announced a partnership with ARM in early September that aims to make it easy for developers building products around ARM’s mbed operating system to tie those devices into IBM’s special IoT cloud.”
    • Several reporters including Fuad Abazovic from Fudzilla highlight the release of Google’s ARM-based Chromecast 2 streaming device, noting, “The new Chromecast 2 comes with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 system can deliver up to 4900 DMIPS performance.”
    • Several reporters including Peter Clarke from EE Times report ARM joined the Global Research Collaboration (GRC) program operated by the Semiconductor Research Corporation, sharing, “As well as focusing on manufacturing priorities such as scaling of semiconductor technologies, the GRC program has expanded into cybersecurity, the convergence of semiconductors and biology, energy-efficient computing and the Internet of Things.”
  • David Manners from Electronics Weekly highlights ARM’s positioning of its Mali-T880 IP as the graphics engine for virtual reality technology, stating, “Although VR has been touted as an imminent killer app for the past 30 years, ARM believes that computing power is now capable of delivering it.”
  • Several reporters including Mark Hachman from PCWorld report that AMD quietly launched an updated family of AMD Pro processors for business notebooks that will incorporate ARM’s TrustZone technology, noting, “The technology should supply an added layer of security to sensitive apps.”
  • Several reporters including Junko Yoshida from EE Times report STMicroelectronics has licensed ARM’s processor technology to improve its automotive and industrial applications, noting, “With an eye toward becoming the world’s third largest automotive MCU supplier by the end of the decade, STMicroelectronics is staking its automotive future on ARM’s new 32-bit ARMv8-R technology.”
  • David Nield of ReadWrite highlights a promising consumer technology report from Forrester, with 1 in 5 U.S. Adults on Board With Wearables Now
  • In an article for Forbes, Ewan Spence highlights the ARM-based BBC micro:bit computer’s use in the UK ‘Over The Air’ hackathon, sharing, “The [chosen] solution was the BBC micro:bit, an ARM-based embedded system with a Cortex-M0 processor, accelerometer, magnetometer, bluetooth and USB connectivity, LED display and two programmable buttons.
  • Several reporters including Chris Pickering from The Engineer highlight the micro-weather station design that was named winner of Inveneo’s ARM Micro-Data Center Design Challenge, noting, “The winning design is a self-contained weather monitoring station based around the Banana Pi single board computer (SBC) that uses an ARM-based processor.
  • In an contributed article for TechTarget, analyst Lee Doyle highlights ARM’s growing role in the development of NFV technology, writing, “To support NFV platform workloads, the ARM consortium leverages its experiences supplying smartphone/tablet microprocessors and a wide range of other telecom equipment.”
  • Yevgeniy Sverdlik from Data Center Knowledge highlights the partnership between Vapor IO and AppliedMicro to release an ARM-based server management controller, writing, “ [A] 64-bit ARM processor will be the brain of the Vapor Edge Controller, a centralized, shared top-of-rack server management controller meant to replace proprietary Baseboard Management Controller in each individual server in the rack.”
  • David Manners from Electronics Weekly highlights Apnea Observer as the first-prize winner of ARM’s Smart Product Design Competition. He notes, “The winning Apnea Observer monitors sleeping noises and detects acute sleep irregularities. The application runs on the NXP LPC4330, a dual-core microcontroller that combines the ARM Cortex-M4 and Cortex-M0 processors.”
  • Lucas Mearian from Computerworld reports that Ford has updated the hardware for its ARM-based Sync 3 in-vehicle infotainment system, writing, “Along with a software change out, SYNC 3 comes with all new hardware, which is based on a dual-core CPU running at 1.7GHz (ARM Cortex 15) from Texas Instruments. The previous SYNC system ran on a single core CPU running at 600MHz (ARM Cortex A8) from Freescale.
  • Several reporters including Nick Farrell from Fudzilla highlight the release of VIA’s ARM-based QSM-8Q60 computer-on-module (COM), sharing, “VIA revealed its first ARM based computer-on-module: the ‘QSM-8Q60,’ which is also its first COM of any kind to adopt the 70 x 70mm Qseven 2.0 form-factor.”
  • In a contributed article for TechWeek Europe, ARM's Rob Coombs highlights the importance of improving password security, noting, “TrustZone technology from ARM provides the hardware isolation necessary for a trusted execution environment.”
  • Tom Dawson from Android Headlines highlights ARM’s contributions to the development of the Internet of Things, writing, “Speaking with Gary Atkinson, ARM’s Director of Emerging Technologies, he tells me that ARM isn’t interested in small-scale consumer products, but rather more ‘disruptive technologies’ that will lead to ‘hundreds of million units and above.’ ”
  • Many reporters, including Don Clark and Robert Wall at The Wall Street Journal, report that Dialog Semiconductor announced a $4.6 billion deal to buy Atmel Corporation, noting, “Acquiring Atmel’s customer base and line of products will make Dialog a major player in chips for connected cars, wearable devices and other networked gadgets lumped under the catchall phrase Internet of Things, or IoT.”
  • Brad Linder from Liliputing highlights the release of SolidRun’s ARM-based HummingBoard Gate PC, noting, “SolidRun’s HummingBoard Gate is a single-board computer with an ARM Cortex-A9 processor, a starting price of $50, and support for more than 150 add-ons that let you attach a motor, clock, sensor, wireless card, or other hardware directly to the board.”
  • Sophie Charara of Wareable reports that 74% of people in the UK would share wearable tech data with their GP, which is good news for the National Health Service that has plans to implement just that.
  • Tim Schiesser from TechSpot highlights the release of Blu’s ARM-based Pure XL smartphone, noting, “Inside the smartphone, Blu has opted for MediaTek’s Helio X10 SoC, which features a 2.0 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU alongside a PowerVR G6200 GPU and Category 4 LTE support.”
  • Several reporters, including Chris Williams from The Register report that ARM has released source code for its first public beta of the mbed operating system for IoT, noting, “The Brit biz feels it is best positioned, right in the center, to provide the software to bring together low-end, low-power Cortex-M chips and the competing communications standards.”
  • Several reporters, including Richard Wilson at Electronics Weekly, write that STMicroelectronics released a TV SoC device with integrated Wi-Fi functionality. Wilson writes, “This is an 28nm FD-SOI chip with a multi-core ARM CPU capable of delivering 6K DMIPS and Mali 400 GPU for 3D graphics.”
  • Matt Hamblen from Computerworld highlights the work that the AT&T Foundry is doing related to IoT, including a concept for a wireless wheelchair
  • In a guest post for Electronics Weekly, Momentum Data Systems’ Brewster LaMacchia highlights how ARM processors can improve audio quality in active soundbars, noting, “Active soundbars with an ARM processor and DSP can make your streamed and compressed music files sound like high quality audio.”
  • Thor Olavsrud of CIO reports how the Internet of Things is going to impact the NFL, as every NFL player and stadium will be equipped with RFID sensors and receivers, respectively, this football season, allowing the league to track fine-grained location data for every play
  • Several reporters including Michael Kan from CIO have written on ARM’s partnership with Thundersoft, noting that the “new program will surely help promote ARM's chip designs and software, but it could also assist Chinese vendors in creating successful IoT products, said Kitty Fok, an analyst with research firm IDC.”
  • Media outlet M2M reports that Renesas launches safety package to accelerate industrial safety implementations with its RX111 Safety Package.

Join ARM and a panel of industry experts to hear the latest trends for sensor fusion and sensor hubs, and find out where this technology is taking us. Sensor hubs powered by ARM® Cortex®-M3 and Cortex-M4 processors have made our smartphones more efficient and intelligent with better automatic backlight control and always-on voice commands. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are leveraging more powerful ARM Cortex-A processor family cores to provide the building blocks of future autonomous vehicles. As we build more contextually aware systems, what are the implications for deeply embedded devices? For developers? For consumers?




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SensorHangout5.pngDr. John Logan is Senior Manager of Sensor Engineering at Atmel. John is responsible for technical support for sensor based solutions that incorporate Atmel ARM microcontrollers. John has been with Atmel for 6 years and has been involved in the development and implementation of Atmel’s sensor based development systems. He has more than 25 years experience in sensors and sensor based systems and holds a Ph.D. in Semiconductor Processing  from the University of Birmingham, UK.


Marcellino Gemelli is Director of Business Development at Bosch Sensortec. He received the ‘Laurea’ degree in Electronic Engineering at the University of Pavia, Italy while in the Italian Army and an MBA from MIP, the Milano (Italy) Polytechnic business school. He is currently based in Palo Alto (CA) responsible for business development of Bosch Sensortec's MEMS product portfolio and Bosch’s IoT wireless sensor network initiative. He previously held various engineering and product management positions at STMicroelectronics from 1995 to 2011 in the fields of MEMS, electronic design automation and data storage. He was contract professor for the Microelectronics course at the Milano (Italy) Polytechnic from 2000 to 2002.



Stephen Scheirey is Vice President of TV Software and Services at Hillcrest Labs. He has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, software development, and systems architecture. Steve is a founding member of Hillcrest and has a hands-on role in software development, project management, and technical leadership. Prior to Hillcrest, Steve was a software manager and technical contributor at Tellabs and SALIX technologies where he helped architect and develop one of the world’s first high density VOIP switches. Steve began his engineering career at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a not-for-profit center, known for addressing complex research, engineering, and analytical problems. Steve helped develop and launch integrated command and control systems for the surface Navy fleet. Steve is a U.S. patent holder and inventor on numerous patent- pending applications. He earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a master of science in computer science from The Johns Hopkins University.


Willard Tu is Director of Embedded Segment Marketing at ARM. He is based in Motown, the automotive capital. In his role at ARM, Willard is responsible for evangelizing ARM IP to OEMs and customers, and with developing an ecosystem to support ARM’s growth in the diverse embedded market.  He has developed expertise in automotive applications, sensor technologies and sales channel strategies which has culminated in over 25 years of knowledge, experience, and relationships.  He has worked for a number of industry leaders such as Motorola (Freescale), National Semi (TI), NEC Electronics (Renesas) in business development roles, and has spent the last 9 years at ARM helping grow its share of the embedded market.  Prior to joining ARM he was in a senior management role where he led NEC Electronics Automotive Business unit to grow its MCU business from the ground up to $150M US in 7 years.  Willard holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

  • Angus Loten from the The Wall Street Journal highlights a report by IDC revealing continued growth in the server market as a result of increased cloud demands and the expanding role of IoT. He says, “Worldwide server shipments grew 8% year-over-year in the April-June quarter to 2.7 million units, from 2.5 million over the same period a year earlier, while total revenue increased 7.2% to $13.6 billion, from $12.7 billion.”
  • An article from HDProGuide highlights ARM’s recognition as winner of the IBC’s International Honour for Excellence 2015, stating, “Today, around one-third of all intelligent electronic devices have ARM technology inside, thanks to its development and continuing research.”
  • Rick Merritt from EE Times reports PsiKick is launching a new ARM-based low-power SoC for the IoT, noting, “PsiKick’s upcoming SoC will integrate an ARM Cortex core along with a number of blocks the group has already designed in academic research.”
  • Several reporters including Timothy Prickett Morgan from The Platform report Chinese chip maker Phytium Technology is launching a series of 64-bit ARM server processors, stating, “Phytium aspires to be a leading-edge processor and ASIC maker in the Chinese IT sector and specifically that it will be working on two classes of ARM-based processors: one aimed at scale-up machines and another one aimed at scale-out machines used in hyperscale and cloud computing.”
  • Dan Heilman from Top Tech News highlights the release of Sony’s ARM-based SmartBand 2 fitness tracker, noting, “The new Sony product runs an ARM Cortex-M0 32-bit processor, and comes with 256 KB internal embedded flash memory and b
  • Brandon Lewis from Embedded Computing Design highlights how Micrium’s µC/Probe can be integrated with Cortex designs to enable improved cloud connectivity, writing, “µC/Probe is a Windows-based application that can convert the compiler output of ARM Cortex (and other processors that allow you to read/write memory while the processor is running) into a simple table when connected via J-Link port, allowing developers to visualize the effects of debug in real time.”
  • Peter Counter of Mobile ID World highlights the Wearable Market is Rapidly Diversifying. According to a new white paper from Tractica, the wearable technology market is quickly diversifying to include new device categories, new applications markets and new services.
  • An article from Forbes highlights ARM as the world’s fifth most innovative company stating, “The [company’s] method relies on an innovation premium (IP), the difference between a firm’s enterprise value and a net present value of cash flows from its existing businesses.”
  • Mark LaPedus from Semiconductor Engineering highlights demand for 5G services in the smartphone market, quoting CEO Simon Segars as stating, “Video is becoming such a dominant component in Internet traffic. And besides that, you will scale up to 4K or 8K displays. That is something that will need a lot of bandwidth.
  • David Manners from Electronics Weekly reports Marvell’s ARM-based Armada Mobile PXA1928 SoC has been validated by AT&T for multi-mode LTE data services, noting, “The Armada Mobile PXA1928 SoC incorporates the performance of the quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 running at 1.5GHz with Marvell’s five-mode modem technology to provide a cost effective Android mobile platform.”
  • Cade Metz of Wired writes that Google’s In-house Programming Language Now Runs on Phones. However he finds it most interesting that the language can now run on various ARM processors, the sort of chips that typically drive our smartphones.
  • Tom Austin-Morgan from New Electronics reports Silicon Labs introduced its ARM-based BGM111 Bluetooth Smart module solution for IoT connectivity, noting, “The SoC’s integrated ARM Cortex-M4 processor-based MCU consumes 59µA/MHz in run mode and 1.7µA down to 200nA in sleep mode.”
  • Several reporters including Don Reisinger from CNET highlight a GfK report that revealed a five percent increase in global smartphone sales during the second quarter, noting, “Meanwhile, smartphone vendors raked in the cash, generating $92.4 billion during the second quarter, up from $86 billion during the same period in 2014.”
  • Adrian Kingsley-Hughes from ZDNet reports Allwinner is mass producing its ARM-based 64-bit chipset for tablets that was announced at CES, noting, “According to Allwinner, industry insiders expect demand for A64-based devices to ramp up in the second half of 2015.”
  • Jason Botha from AndroidGuys highlights how ARM’s big.LITTLE chip technology enables extended battery life in mobile devices, stating, “Although it has been around for almost 4 years already (which is a very long time in the technology world), it’s still effectively applied in today’s phones.”
  • Colin Barker from ZDNet highlights an Ofcom report that found UK consumers prefer to access the Internet using smartphones rather than computers, stating, “It's likely that the UK's increasing mobile internet use is tied to rising network speeds, with more and more people switching to 4G services.”
  • Paul Lamkin of Forbes reports that Adidas Acquires Popular Fitness Platform Runtastic in a deal valued at around €220 million.
  • Richard Wilson of Electronics Weekly comments that Xilinx's Zynq UltraScale+ Gets Micrium RTOS for All Processors. The Zynq UltraScale+’s quad-core ARM Cortex A53 and dual-core Cortex R5 CPUs will run the Micrium µC/OS-II, µC/OS-III kernels and full suite of RTOS components, the company says.
  • Carly Page of The Inquirer reports that iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry See UK Smartphone Growth. The figures show that 34.1 percent of UK smartphone users have an Apple device, up from 28.5 percent this time last year.
  • An article from IHS Electronics360 reports QuickLogic’s EOS S3 sensor-processing platform will incorporate an ARM Cortex-M4F microcontroller, noting, “The platform emerges as a tiered architecture with world-class 80% greater compute capability than ARM M4F-based MCU sensor hubs, and dedicated voice processing architecture enabling always-on voice apps at less than 350 microAmps.”
  • Several reporters including Brad Linder from Liliputing report on MediaTek’s Helio line of chips that will feature both ARM Cortex and Mali technology, stating, “MediaTek’s first deca-core chip features ARM Mali-T800 graphics, support for 4G LTE, 802.11ac WiFi, and an ARM Cortex-M4 co-processor for always-on speech recognition, among other things.”
  • The news outlet Electro IQ concludes that Mid-Year Global Semiconductor Sales Ahead of Last Year’s Pace by 4 Percent as worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $84.0 billion during the second quarter of 2015
  • Scott Andersen of ITProPortal talks about The Almost Limitless Potential of Modular Drones whose biggest advantages are flexible payloads and the ability to carry data-gathering sensors that enable information flow from the drone back to the user.

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