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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.




ARM Remote Training - YouTube

Eoin McCann

News Summary - Feb 26th

Posted by Eoin McCann Feb 26, 2015

Hello all,


Shaun Nichols of The Register writes about how Pebble raised over $5m for its new colour watch in a matter of hours. The biz sold out of $159-priced watches, although you can still order one for $179, two for $338, firve for $845, ten for $1,690, or $5,000 for 30 – 10 of each color.

Leo King of Forbes talks about how IBM wants you to make connected things faster than a coffee

Several reporters including Jeff Burt from eWeek report EZchip Semiconductor will release a processor powered by 100 ARM-based 64-bit cores, stating, “Company officials said the chips high core count, mesh connectivity and hardware accelerators will address the demands on data center and carrier networks brought on by such trends as mobility, big data, social media, the Internet of things and the cloud.”

Tom Stevens

News Scan 24/2

Posted by Tom Stevens Feb 24, 2015

Hello everyone,


It's been another busy few days at ARM and there's been a lot of interesting news in the media. Here are some of the highlights.


- ARM Connects a New World of Intelligent Devices to the… - ARM: ARM today launched the ARM mbed™ IoT Starter Kit - Ethernet Edition to channel data from Internet-connected devices directly into IBM's Bluemix cloud platform. The combination of a secure sensor environment by ARM with cloud-based analytics, mobile and application resources from IBM will allow fast prototyping of new smart products and unique value-added services. The first products developed using the kit are expected to enter the market in 2015. Also find coverage on this by BBC News - Internet of things starter kit unveiled by ARM and IBM

- ARM Adds Customized Remote Training to Education Portfolio - ARM: ARM has expanded its technical training portfolio to include live courses that can be remotely-delivered in any location. The courses will provide a flexible and fast-response training service for companies and individuals, allowing them to take full advantage of ARM technology features. Ultimately, this will enable products to be delivered to market faster and more cost-effectively.

- Graham Pitcher from New Electronics reports STMicroelectronics’ ARM-based STM32L4 series aims to enable energy-conscious applications, noting, “Combined with ST's ART Accelerator, which allows zero-wait execution from flash, the devices are said to offer a performance of up to 100DMIPS whilst consuming 100µA/MHz.”

- Several reporters including Stefan Constantinescu of Quartz continue to report on the launch of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 415, 425, 618, and 620, highlighting the significance of sporting the new ARM Cortex-A72. He writes, “ARM takes a different approach. It licenses its processors and instruction set—the language the processor speaks—to other companies to integrate into their chips.

Eoin McCann

News Summary - Feb 19th

Posted by Eoin McCann Feb 19, 2015

Hi all, it's been a busy week in the industry with a number of exciting product announcements from ARM partners! Here are some of the highlights:


  • Several reporters including Devindra Hardawar from Engadget highlight Qualcomm’s release of its new line of ARM-Cortex-A72-based Snapdragon chips, stating, “The new processors won't really get in the way of Qualcomm's ultra-powerful 810 chip, which will likely power most of this year's high-end smartphones. Instead, they're yet another reminder of just how fast the mobile hardware world is innovating.”



Eoin McCann

News summary - Feb 12th

Posted by Eoin McCann Feb 12, 2015

There's been plenty happening in the last number of days, and here is a selection of the highlights.


First of all, ARM announced its Q4 and FY 2014 earnings on Wednesday. Several news outlets including Reuters carried this story, including the news that ARM had Q4 revenues of $357 million up 18% on Q4 2013 for full year revenues in 2014 of $1,292.6 million up 16% on 2013.


Jonathan Ferro and Caroline Hyde from Bloomberg Businessweek highlight an interview with ARM CEO Simon Segars, during which Segars projects future innovation in the smartphone industry.

Ryan Whitwam of Greenbot has written an in-depth investigation of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, the company's most powerful chip.

And finally, Mark Tyson from HEXUS features ARM’s seamless computing video demonstration, noting, “In conclusion ARM admits that this is just one vision of the future of computing and it remains to be seen if the world would like to follow. This may well be the shape of things to come - or not.”

Tom Stevens

News Scan 10/2

Posted by Tom Stevens Feb 10, 2015

Hello everyone, hope you are all well.


Find below some of the highlights from the News over the past few days:


  • Several reporters including Simon Rockman from The Register report ARM has acquired IoT software firm Offspark for its IoT security software platform, noting, “The purchase is not about organic growth for ARM, while the company isn’t giving out a figure for the value of purchase, a spokesman told El Reg it was well below anything which needed to be declared. The motivation was to acquire the people and skills.”
  • Several reporters including Jamie Hinks from TechRadar highlight how ARM’s acquisition of Offspark will boost the company’s IoT security portfolio, quoting ARM’s Krisztian Flautner as stating, “[security] must be the foundation of any IoT platform.”
  • Several reporters including Andrei Frumusanu & Ryan Smith from AnandTech report the ARM-based Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features the first implementation of ARM's Cortex A53/A57 and Mali T760 new SoC IP, writing, “The interesting disclosure here is that they choose to market it in the Exynos 7 family - which certainly makes more sense than keeping it in the Exynos 5 category of SoCs.”
  • A blog post on EE Times discusses the issue of “dark silicon” and the decline of Dennard's Law, including quotes from ARM’s Mike Muller regarding the effect of monolithic 3D technology on dark silicon.


And finally...


EE Times report that Hollywood will give an Oscar later this month to an engineer who made what may be the world's smallest -- and most accurate -- projector!


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