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  • 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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  • Many reporters including Tom Austin-Morgan from New Electronics report ARM has acquired Israeli Internet of Things security firm Sansa Security, quoting ARM’s Mike Muller as stating, “Protection against hackers works best when it is multi-layered, so we are extending our security technology capability into hardware subsystems and trusted software.”
  • David Manners from Electronics Weekly reports Toshiba has licensed ARM’s Cortex-A53 processor to enable the development of ASSPs, writing, “Toshiba will deploy the processor to develop ASSPs such as ApP LiteT application processors that offer well balanced power-efficiency and performance with 64-bit capability, and custom products such as FFSA and ASIC for industrial, networking, IoT, automotive and data storage products.”
  • David Manners of Electronics Weekly introduces QuickLogic's multi-core EOS sensor hub with three cores: an ARM Cortex M4F MCU, a front-end sensor manager and a QuickLogic proprietary core which it calls Flexible Fusion Engine (FFE). A fourth core could be integrated into the hub’s FPGA fabric.
  • Tom Austin-Morgan of New Electronics has news of a Compact Wi-Fi Module Speeds IoT Deployment. The embedded server is said to provide a web management interface for displaying the module and communication status, configuring the module parameters and setting up different WLAN profiles.
  • Neil Tyler from New Electronics continues to highlight the BBC’s ARM-based micro:bit computers, which will be released to U.K. students as part of the Make It Digital initiative. Tyler quotes ARM’s Gary Atkinson as stating, “We wanted to make the device mbed compatible and to improve its connectivity. I think we came up with a more capable device as a result of the changes we made to the initial prototype.”
  • Tim Morgan of The Platform has news that Broadcom Goes End to End With 25G Ethernet, which in simple terms means 10 Gb/sec and 40 Gb/sec switching is based on 10 Gb/sec switching lanes, while the 25G standard is based on 25 Gb/sec lanes.
  • An article from The Engineer reports ARM launched its University Alliance Partnership to extend the range of learning materials for engineering students around the globe, noting, “The partnership will see industry partners develop hardware and software kits based on their own technologies, to complement existing ARM teaching materials.”
  • Graham Pitcher from New Electronics reports on the future of the U.K. electronics industry, quoting ARM’s Stephen Pattison as stating, “We can see a new generation emerging already. The digital revolution is enabling small startups to go from 'zero to hero' in even less time than it took ARM.”
  • Joseph Waring of Mobile World Live reports that India’s Smartphone Shipments Jump 34% in Q2 to 25 million units, but overall handset shipments fell 2 per cent to 57 million units, according to Counterpoint Research.
  • 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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