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  • In a post for The Next Platform, Karl Freund highlights ARM server chips in comparison to Intel Xeon processors, noting, “Applied Micro has certainly put Intel on notice that ARM can and will come after the heart of its profitable datacenter monopoly. And ARM chips do not need to match Intel’s top-bin parts to have an impact.”


  • Several reporters including Agam Shah from IDG highlight the release of HP’s Intel-powered Chromebook 13 laptop, noting, “The Chromebook 13 weighs 2.86 pounds and is the first with Intel’s 6th-generation (Skylake) Core M processor, which focuses more on battery life than performance. HP claims the Chromebook 13 delivers 11.5 hours of battery life.”


  • Aaron Baar from MediaPost highlights a report by the Consumer Technology Association which revealed high growth for connected devices, sharing, “Connectivity is the driving force behind the fastest-growing tech devices in American households. The Internet of Things stands out as the unifying theme with the hottest, emerging tech categories.”


Lastly, here are some highlights from the week of April 25:


  • Steve Clayton from Hargreaves Landsdown continued to highlight ARM’s growth in Q1 profits.
  • Graham Pitcher from New Electronics highlighted the role of ARM’s application class processors in embedded systems.
  • John Harrington from Proactive Investors highlighted Charlene Marini’s insight on Ilika’s new solid state batteries.
  • Several reporters including Tom Austin-Morgan from New Electronics highlighted ARM’s partnership with ANSYS to improve power-efficiency in IP designs.
  • Several reporters including Tom Austin-Morgan from New Electronics highlight ARM’s partnership with ANSYS to improve power-efficiency in IP designs, quoting ARM’s Brent Dichter as stating, “The demand for reliable, robust and power efficient designs increases in a smart connected world as many devices will have to operate in energy-constrained environments.”


  • Several reporters including Agam Shah from IDG highlight the release of Samsung’s ARM-based Artik 10 computer board, noting, “The CPU has four Cortex-A15 cores, which handle the most demanding tasks, and four lower-power Cortex-A7 cores for lighter use.”


  • Several reporters including Lucas Mearian from Computerworld report Intel will create an upgraded USB Type-C connector in an effort to replace headphone jacks, sharing, “In Intel's presentation, it described USB C-Type connectors as being able to support both analog and digital musical content. But the upgraded connector would ‘promote’ a changeover from analog to digital as users would see ‘improved digital headset features.’”

ARM Research Summit
Computing For The Next Decade

15-16 September 2016  |  Churchill College, Cambridge UK


The inaugural ARM Research Summit is an academic summit to discuss future trends and disruptive technologies across all sectors of computing. It will take place in Cambridge over the days of 15-16 September, and will be hosted by Churchill College.


The summit includes talks from the leaders in their research fields, demonstrations, networking opportunities and the chance to interact and discuss projects with members of ARM Research.


If you would like to submit a proposal to speak at the conference then please follow the instructions on the Submit an Abstract page. Submission is open now.


Conference registration will open in May 2016. In the meantime you can sign up to receive a notification when registration opens on our Register Interest page. Until then, please ensure you Save the Date and we look forward to seeing you at the inaugural ARM Research Summit on 15-16 September 2016 in Cambridge.


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  • John Harrington from Proactive Investors highlights ARM’s insight on Ilika’s new solid state batteries, quoting Charlene Marini as stating, “Ilika’s Stereax batteries can help as the technology will enable ‘leave for life’ IoT devices capable of producing data over extended periods with minimal maintenance. This is where the IoT starts to shed the power tether that could restrain its spread into new and exciting off-grid applications.”


  • Several reporters including Pavithra Rathinavel from International Business Times report Microsoft is committed to improving its Windows 10 mobile devices despite recent reports on the decline of market share, quoting Microsoft EVP Terry Myerson as stating, “I understand that you are hearing concerns from certain partners about Microsoft's commitment to the mobile space. Let me be very clear: We are committed to deliver Windows 10 on mobile devices with small screen running ARM processors.”


  • Several reporters including Mark Hachman from PCWorld highlight Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s presentation about the company’s strategy following the recent layoffs, sharing, “What’s unclear about that strategy is whether Intel intends to compete with ARM in powering smartphone processors. The recent, quiet departure of a key embedded exec, Aicha Evans, indicates that Intel has failed for the moment.”
  • Graham Pitcher from New Electronics highlights the role of ARM’s application class processors in embedded systems, quoting Ian Smythe as stating, “When you look at the embedded market, you know it’s pretty varied, with a wide range of products. At one end of the market, there are the high A class cores, such as the A72. These run applications on complex SoCs. Often algorithmic, with the need for lots of memory and GPUs, these apps need 64bit embedded processing.”


  • Several reporters including John Hoff from Android Community highlight the anticipated release of Xiaomi’s ARM-based Rifle mobile processors, noting, “The Xiaomi processors will be manufactured using a standard core license technology from ARM, a British-based company which owns the intellectual property in most mobile processors.”


  • Hyacinth Mascarenhas from International Business Times highlights a report by Gartner which revealed that global spending on IoT security will reach $348m in 2016, sharing, “Ranging from chips and toasters to connected vehicles and hospital equipment, worldwide spending to protect the connected world of IoT is expected to accelerate in the next few years due to increased adoption and knowledge in the growing field.”
  • Steve Clayton from Hargreaves Landsdown continues to highlight ARM’s growth in Q1 profits, noting, “We think ARM is a gem. It leads the world in its field. Mobile computing will grow for years to come, and the spread of ARM cores into new product categories only increases the growth opportunity.”


  • Several reporters, including Kevin Kelleher at TIME, highlight Intel’s attempts to adapt to the post-PC era. Kelleher writes, “Intel, by contrast, infamously passed on a chance to design the chips for Apple’s first iPhone, underestimating the potential of the smartphone market. Instead, chip designs from ARM Holdings became the standard.”


  • Several reporters, including Patrick Thibodeau of Computerworld, highlight the anticipated release of Acer’s Intel-powered Chromebook 14. Thibodeau writes, “Acer says the keyboard is spill-resistant (it includes drain gutters) that can protect against 11 fluid ounces. Acer says it can further withstand up to 132 pounds of downward force, and drops of up to 48 inches.”

Live Webinar: Hands-On DSP Teaching using inexpensive ARM Cortex-M4 Microcontrollers –
The ARM University Program DSP Education Kit

Presented by Donald Reay, Heriot-Watt University (author of 'Digital Signal Processing using the ARM Cortex-M4', Wiley, 2015)


The ARM University Program (AUP) DSP Educational Kit provides educators with teaching materials including lecture slides, and laboratory instructions, as well as numerous example programs aimed at reinforcing the understanding of DSP theory through an interactive learning experience. It seeks to bridge the gap between DSP theory and the electrical engineering teaching laboratory.


The laboratory exercises and program examples contained in the DSP Educational Kit are not computer simulations, but involve real-time processing of analogue audio signals and involve the use of signal generators, oscilloscopes, microphones, music players and headphones. This is achievable using any one of a number of different, inexpensive ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller development kits available from semiconductor manufacturers including STMicroelectronics, Cypress Semiconductor, and NXP. They expose students to microcontroller programming, including interfacing and real-time programming practicalities.


This webinar will comprise a brief introduction to the philosophy behind the AUP DSP Educational Kit and a demonstration of some of the real-time audio signal processing example programs. A 40 minute presentation will be followed by 20 minutes of questions (from a live audience and online participants).


Donations of teaching materials and 'seed' hardware are available from the ARM University Program.


Donald Reay is a lecturer at Heriot-Watt University, UK and principal author of the AUP DSP Educational Kit.


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  • Katherine Derbyshire from Semiconductor Engineering highlights ARM’s insight on improving transistor reliability, noting, “As ARM fellow Rob Aitken and his colleagues at ARM Research observed at December’s IEEE Electron Device Meeting (IEDM), sources of device variability — lithography or implant variation, for instance — are typically uncorrelated. The devices along a given logic path will vary randomly, and so variations will tend to cancel each other out.”


  • Alistair Osborne from The Times highlights ARM’s role in managing IoT risks, noting, “Mr. Segars is getting more heavily into networks and servers, plus of course the thing internet, a world not so much about fridges talking to TVs but sensors. They’ll monitor everything from the health of old people in their own homes, so saving on NHS beds, to inner-city traffic flows — crucial for driverless cars.”


  • Jim Armitage from the Evening Standard highlights ARM’s success in leading the development of the “world’s most revolutionary” electronic products, noting, “ARM has always kept in front by investing heavily on research, spending more than quarter of a billion pounds on research and development last year. That means its chip designs remain the best in the world; its customers have nowhere else to go.”
  • Many reporters including Stu Woo from The Wall Street Journal highlight ARM’s growth in Q1 revenues, quoting Simon Segars as stating, “Going forward, we are expecting our operating expenditures to be more in line with [quarter-over-quarter] growth, which is more in the single-percentage range. What we’re tracking very carefully are the investments we announced last year.”


  • Several reporters including Don Clark and Tess Stynes from The Wall Street Journal report Intel will cut 12,000 jobs in an effort to transition away from the PC industry, adding, “The continuing decline [of the PC market] has forced Intel to focus on growth areas such as computers for data centers and noncomputer devices outfitted with data processing and communications capabilities, known as the Internet of Things.”


  • Ryan Whitwam from ExtremeTech highlights a report by ComScore which revealed a decline in computer usage as millennials increasingly rely on mobile devices, sharing, “What this really points to is that a lot of casual browsing is migrating from the PC to mobile devices. It seemed at first that PCs were remaining steady, but that was probably because mobile devices simply weren't good enough yet.”
  • Several reporters including Kate Sweeney from Business Weekly highlight ARM’s expanded Global University Program Alliance in China through partnerships with Atmel and Rockchip, noting, “The addition of both partners will further enable the development of cutting-edge and high-quality education kits based on their respective areas of expertise.”


  • Several reporters including Joel Hruska from ExtremeTech highlight the release of Intel’s Apollo Lake platform, sharing, “Goldmont, the CPU core that powers Apollo Lake, is the next iteration of the Silvermont architecture that replaced Intel’s original Bonnell architecture, which powered Atom from 2008 – 2012.”


  • David Manners from Electronics Weekly highlights a report by IC Insights which revealed that 14 out of 33 IC product types are expected to exceed market growth this year, noting, “Fourteen product categories—topped by Cellphone Application Processors and Signal Conversion (analog) devices—are expected to exceed the 2% growth rate forecast for the total IC market this year.”
  • David Manners from Electronics Weekly reports that ARM and UMC will develop multiple physical IP platforms, enabling UMC customers to easily implement ARM Artisan physical IP into SoC designs and reduce time-to-market. He adds, “This further enhances ARM’s position as the leading provider of logic and memory IP to the semiconductor industry, with 9.8 billion chips based on Artisan foundation physical IP shipping in 2015.”


  • David Meyer from Fortune reports on a “deal between Avery Dennison and Evrythng [which] will see 10 billion pieces of apparel born digital.” According to the article, “You’ll be able to do things such as check the authenticity or manufacturing history of that shirt you just bought, participate in various after-sales loyalty schemes or recycling programs, connect with third-party apps, see exclusive smartphone content, and re-order products you like.”
  • Ann Steffora Mutschler from SemiEngineering highlights ARM’s insight on power analysis and delivery, quoting ARM’s David Bull as stating, “This has been become increasing important as the current trend for compute is for higher power efficiency within the same power envelope. That results in lower operating voltages but higher currents and subsequently higher losses due to Ldi/dt, and requires the entire power delivery network to be modeled and analyzed using a full-wave solver.”


  • Ed Sperling from SemiEngineering highlights robaitken participation in a discussion on 2.5D and advanced packaging, quoting Aitken as stating, “2.5D has moved from ‘when’ and ‘if’ to ‘how.’ It’s happening all over the place. It’s interesting to look at the progress from five years ago, when everyone thought we’d be doing TSV-based 3D.”


  • Harry Fairhead from I Programmer highlights the ARM-based BBC micro:bit computer, noting, “The Micro:bit is unique as an educational platform - easy to use and supported by easy languages, but what you might not have noticed is that it is built on top of the ARM mbed IoT software and now its supporting C/C++ libraries have been open sourced.”
  • Alyssa Wood from TechTarget published a Q&A with Dan Nenni in which they discussed his book, “Mobile Unleashed, the Origin and Evolution of ARM Processors in Our Devices.” When asked why he wrote the book, Dan says, “What we wanted to do is find out, when did this mobile stuff start? Because mobility is driving the semiconductor industry now; that’s where the majority of the business is and the majority of the innovation is. Mobility people are pushing the edge of technology very fast. You buy a TV or computer maybe every five or 10 years, but Apple comes out with a new phone every year, and semiconductor technology has to meet [that] cadence. It's daunting.”


  • Several reporters including Agam Shah from Computerworld highlight the release of Intel’s Quark Microcontroller Developer Kit D2000, noting, “Developer boards are mostly ARM-based, but the $15 board could provide Intel a breakthrough in the maker community.”


  • Several reporters including Antony Leather from Forbes report ASRock’s X99 motherboards will support Intel’s upcoming 10-core processor, noting, “This is the first processor in the Core series to sport 10 threads and even AMD doesn’t have anything mainstream to counter it either.”
  • An article from Cambridge Network reports that Lauterbach and ARM will host an “Expert Day” to present the latest debug and trace technologies for the ARM Cortex-A/-R processor lines, noting, “Covering such topics as multi-core debugging, debugging Linux and Windows 10 applications and ARM TrustZone and Hypervisor Debugging, senior engineers from ARM and Lauterbach will be sharing their in-depth knowledge and expertise in this field.”


  • Several reporters including Kevin Parrish from Digital Trends highlight the release of Rockit Cool’s Intel processor “delidding” kit on Kickstarter, sharing, “So far, the company has raised $3,334 of its $600 goal from a mere 80 backers, with the campaign having only four days to go. The tool will work on Haswell, Devil’s Canyon, Skylake, and other Intel-based processors.”


  • Neil Tyler from New Electronics highlights a report by IHS which revealed an overall decline in semiconductor revenues, writing, “Weak end market demand in major segments, including wireless communications, data processing and consumer electronics, will hold back semiconductor growth.”

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