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  • Several reporters including Tony Quested from Business Weekly highlight ARM’s Q2 revenue growth, quoting Simon Segars as stating, “Our royalty revenue growth continues to outperform the wider semiconductor industry, driven by market share gains and the increasing adoption of ARM’s latest technologies. With more end users selecting ARM technology for products ranging from sensors to satellites to supercomputers, we expect this outperformance will continue.”

 

  • Ann Steffora Mutschler from Semiconductor Engineering highlights ARM’s insight on the role of cache coherency on processor power and performance, quoting Neil Parris as stating, “Within a processor cluster. A quad-core processor, for example, has cache coherency between each of the processor cores. Between processor clusters. An ARM big.LITTLE system has big and LITTLE processor clusters allowing improvements in peak performance and overall system efficiency by using the right processor for the right task.”

 

  • Ravi Sinha from Gaming Bolt highlights Geomerics’ vision for the future of lighting in video games, quoting Ellie Stone as stating, “Enlighten has always aimed to do more with less – to enable artists to provide ever more advanced lighting effects within a smaller performance budget. Our other product goal is to help as many types of games as possible benefit from efficient dynamic global illumination effects, including mobile and VR applications.”
  • Kavit Majithia from Mobile World Live highlights ARM’s role in delivering increased performance while reducing power consumption, quoting David Maidment as stating, “[For services like VR] from a consumer point of view they are really looking for high resolution displays, very immersive graphics and very low latency in terms of how the mobile is reacting. As the users move around, you don’t want the graphics to be slow or jumpy, so we’ve been focused on reducing power, increasing performance, and delivering that in the same kind of physical form factor that you would expect today in a mobile device.”

 

  • Peggy Lee from New Electronics highlights the release of Silicon Labs’ ARM-based Thunderboard React developer kit, noting, “The Thunderboard React developer kit features a battery powered, sensor rich demonstration board with Bluetooth low energy technology and an ARM Cortex-M4 processor for IoT connectivity, along with open source design files and software for mobile apps running on Android and iOS devices.”

 

  • Several reporters including Serdar Yegulalp from InfoWorld highlight Intel’s partnership with Google and Mirantis to repackage OpenStack for deployment via Docker containers, noting, “This is the most radical reworking of OpenStack yet, with major implications for Google's planned open standard and open source hybrid cloud. It also shows how much OpenStack’s future depends on containers.”
  • In a guest post for PC Magazine, analyst Tim Bajarin highlights SoftBank’s acquisition of ARM, noting, “SoftBank is a highly profitable company. Much of ARM’s current per-CPU prices are pretty low and in most cases very aggressive. I have to believe that in the future, ARM’s per-CPU prices could go up to help SoftBank’s bottom line. If so, any upward pricing changes from ARM would have various ramifications for users of ARM chips as their own profitability could be challenged over time.”

 

  • Nicole Hemsoth from The Next Platform reports on ARM’s virtualization performance, noting, “ARM builds their virtualization support in hardware similar to X86, but the way these approaches are architected are quite different. ‘ARM virtualization support for running hypervisors is designed to favor one hypervisor over another and ARM clearly favors the Xen way of doing things. It’s almost like it was built for Xen specifically,’ says Christoffer Dall, an early pioneer in virtualization research.”

 

  • Several reporters including Katie Collins from CNET highlight Intel’s partnership with the European Police Agency Europol and Kaspersky Lab to curb the rise of ransomware attacks, sharing, “Together, the companies and agencies launched an online portal called No More Ransom to help inform the public about the dangers of ransomware and help victims recover their data without having to fork over money to criminals.”
  • The latest edition of the Economist profiles the SoftBank acquisition, focusing on Masayoshi Son’s plans for and reasoning behind acquiring ARM. Beyond mentioning ARM’s success in mobile, the article also highlights how “ARM is now trying to get into designing chips for giant servers, as Intel does. Its model means that, as more of its designs are sold—and as a single chip contains ever more of its processors—royalties should grow. But slowing smartphone sales means it needs to move into other areas, such as cars and machinery. In 2013 it bought Sensinode, a software provider for the “internet of things”, which adds sensors and web connections to everyday objects from toasters to tractors. In South Korea, ARM-based sensors in fish tanks signal nutrient levels to farmers by text message.”

 

  • Christine Wang of CNBC reports on Qualcomm’s revenue growth and features Qualcomm’s CEO, Steve Mollenkopf who attributed the strong results of the company on the execution of a strategy laid out in 2015. She quotes Mollenkopf stating that Qualcomm is still in the "early innings of where we think we're going to take the company."

 

  • Mark Hibben of Seeking Alpha notes that Intel’s light revenue gain for Q2 does not compensate for a large income decline year on year. He reports that “Faced with increasing competition from ARM architecture processors in the data center and IoT, Intel's expectations of growth in these areas are probably unrealistic.”

 

  • Dean Takahashi from Venturebeat writes on Nvidia’s claim to reduce VR graphic processing requirements by up to 3 times. By further analysing peripheral vision, Nvdia were able to figure out what was “needed to render on the periphery and what they could toss out. The result was a reduction in rendering tasks that amount to two or three times.”
  • Pavel Alpeyev and Takashi Amano from Bloomberg highlight SoftBank’s acquisition of ARM in an effort to advance artificial intelligence machines, quoting SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son as stating, “I’ve been thinking about this nonstop for a year, and the answer I arrived at is ARM -- it’s an important move. ARM will be the center of SoftBank.”

 

  • Several reporters including Agam Shah from PCWorld highlight the anticipated release of Nvidia’s ARM-based Parker processor, noting, “Parker will have four ARM-based Cortex-A57 cores and two home grown Denver2 cores, according to Nvidia. It will integrate a graphics processor based on the Pascal architecture, which is in the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX1080, 1070 and 1060 graphics chips.”

 

  • Eugene Kim from Business Insider highlights Intel’s insight on the acquisition of ARM, noting, “Although much smaller in size than Intel, ARM is one of Intel's biggest competitors because of its near monopoly in smartphone chip technology. And with ARM getting acquired for $32 billion by Japan's Softbank, which is pledging to invest more in the company, Intel can't take the situation lightly.”
  • Many reporters including Agam Shah from IDG continue to highlight SoftBank’s acquisition of ARM, quoting SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son as stating, “ARM will be an excellent strategic fit within the SoftBank group as we invest to capture the very significant opportunities provided by the Internet of Things.”

 

  • Several reporters including Dan Worth from The Inquirer highlight ARM’s partnership with Symantec and several other companies to create The Open Trust Protocol (OTrP) in an effort to protect IoT devices, quoting ARM’s Marc Canel as stating, “In an internet-connected world it is imperative to establish trust between all devices and service providers. Operators need to trust devices their systems interact with and OTrP achieves this in a simple way. It brings e-commerce trust architectures together with a high-level protocol that can be easily integrated with any existing platform.”

 

  • Several reporters including Chris Williams from The Register continue to highlight the release of Gigabyte and Cavium’s ARM-based server systems, noting, “The dual-socket mobos can take ThunderX system-on-chips with up to 48 cores per processor, clocked at up to 2GHz. Each box should be able to take up to 1TB of DDR4 RAM at 2.133GHz.”
  • Many reporters including Vlad Savov from The Verge continue to highlight SoftBank’s acquisition of ARM, sharing, “The headline reason for SoftBank’s acquisition of ARM today is the latter company’s instrumental role in developing the future Internet of Things. The pair have even set up a website dedicated to the deal, where they explain their rationale and talk up plans for world domination that’s even greater than the 90 billion ARM chips already out there.”

 

  • Mark Tyson from HEXUS highlights the release of 14 ARM-based server SKUs by Gigabyte and Cavium, noting, “The Cavium ThunderX ARM 64-bit ARMv8 SOCs are described as workload optimised chips for data centre and cloud processing. They are available with up to 48 cores and in clock speeds of up to 2.5GHz. Gigabyte’s new servers are available in dual-socket configurations and allow for up to 2.0GHz clock speeds.”

 

  • Several reporters including Daniel Fuller from Android Headlines report that CodeWeavers will introduce CrossOver to run Windows programs on Intel-powered Android devices, opening with, “The ARM architecture is the base for the processor in almost all Android devices these days, from tablets to phones, and a lot of Chromebooks as well. ARM is powerful, yet energy-efficient, and features a more sparse instruction set than a traditional x86 processor. The x86 processor architecture, however, is much more instruction-heavy, powerful, and versatile than ARM, and special low-power versions, like the Intel Celeron and Atom, have found their way into various Android and Chrome OS devices over the years.”
  • Many reporters including David Ramli and Jeremy Kahn from Bloomberg highlight SoftBank’s acquisition of ARM Holdings, quoting Simon Segars as stating, “This all happened very, very quickly. They made an offer that was very, very compelling for our shareholders and a proposal for how to invest in the company for the future.”

 

  • Michael Bow from the Evening Standard highlights the history behind ARM’s technology, noting, “The technology caught the eye of Silicon Valley and in 1990 Apple and US circuit board maker VLSI Technology persuaded Acorn to spin off the ARM unit into a new firm called Advanced RISC Machines.”

 

  • Lucy Black from i-Programmer highlights the release of the ARM-based micro:bit computer, sharing, “One such reseller is Technology Will Save Us, However it is doing more than just take your order and send you the device. It is one of the 29 organizations, along with Microsoft and ARM, that partnered with the BBC to design and build the device and it has been proactive in showing what can be done with a micro:bit.”

This week, ARM and IMEC issued this press release announcing ARM's joining the IMEC "Logic Insite" program.

 

IMEC, ARM Collaborate on 7nm Design | EE Times

 

If you are not familiar with IMEC, this is a process technology development fab that works for the benefit of a consortium of member companies, where pre-competitive research can define possible scaling paths forward in future technology nodes.   A large number of ecosystem companies, including many ARM partners, are already IMEC members, from foundries to fabless companies to EDA companies to semiconductor equipment providers.

 

IMEC's Logic Insite program looks at ways to continue to scale process technologies going forward, including novel transistors, new patterning techniques such as EUV, etc.

 

Formally joining IMEC presents a great opportunity for ARM to work with a large number of our partners who are already members of this IMEC program, to jointly explore future technology options and how they might impact future product scaling.    IMEC membership will also allow ARM to expand relationships beyond our traditional partners to key technology providers such as the semiconductor equipment companies.   Issues faced with process scaling going forward require this full set of companies in the ecosystem, from equipment to foundry to EDA to IP.

 

In addition to general membership, we will be working with IMEC to help them benchmark process technology options with ARM IP type benchmarks.  This will provide valuable additional feedback regarding technology scaling opportunities, in a form that all of our partners readily understand and can incorporate into their own planning.

  • An article from CIOL continues to highlight ARM’s partnership with Huaxintong Semiconductor Technology to license its ARMv8-A architecture for the Chinese server market, noting, “The Chinese company will make ARM-based chipsets for servers in data centers, although it is unclear if the server chipsets will be based on Qualcomm technology, which holds a minority stake in the joint venture.”

 

  • Brian Dipert from Vision Systems Design highlights ARM as a company that provides educational case studies on vision systems design, noting, “In ‘Lessons Learned from Bringing Mobile and Embedded Vision Products to Market,’ Tim Hartley, Product Manager in the Personal Mobile Compute Business Line at ARM, presents case studies in which tough challenges put product development at risk, and explores how they are being addressed by leading product developers.”

 

  • Several reporters including Aaron Pressman from Fortune report on Intel’s potential divestment of McAfee, sharing, “Over the past few weeks, however, reports have surfaced that Intel was considering divesting the security unit. Private equity firms Thoma Bravo, Permira, and Vista Equity Partners conducted preliminary research in case of a sale, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.”

Today was a milestone for ARM and our fans as we reached 100,000 Facebook fans!

 

A special thank-you to each and every one of our fans that have grown with us over the years. To celebrate this huge milestone, we dug our first-ever Facebook post out of the archives to share with you!

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On April 21, 2009 we posted our first images on Facebook, photos from our “ARM Powered Products” campaign. Social Media was just starting to pick up for business purposes/use cases and ARM was very early to the scene for the semiconductor industry. Everything we did back then was heavily experimental and if something received a lot of traction or likes then we tried it again. Eventually leading to a 70:20:10 model.

 

Fast forward seven years … and tens of thousands of you have joined our Facebook community. On July 14, 2016, thanks to all of you, we hit a milestone we’ve been eyeing for months: 100,000 fans.

 

 

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The friends of these 100,000 fans, Facebook tells us, number over 946 MILLION. That’s an extraordinary number, but what’s even more notable is how much we’ve learned from all of you since that first post. You’ve told us what you like, what you don’t, and quite often …. why.

 

So from all of us at ARM, THANK YOU! Please keep your feedback coming. We love hearing from you, and it helps to make us better. And one last plea: please share this post with your friends and colleagues, tell them to join our Facebook page, and let them know that we’d love to hear from them as well.

  • Several reporters including Simon Sharwood from The Register report ARM has licensed its ARMv8-A architecture to Huaxintong Semiconductor Technology in an effort to produce ARM-based servers for the Chinese market. He notes, “Guizhou province has set itself up as a centre of excellence for big data and internet infrastructure. Top-tier Chinese telcos already host big bit barns in the province. Huaxintong is betting that those companies, and other Chinese outfits, have special needs when it comes to CPUs and will be happier shopping from local suppliers.”

 

  • Steve Costello from Mobile World Live highlights ARM’s insight on mobile connectivity, noting, “At the recent Mobile 360 Europe event, ARM strategist David Maidment said that low-power wireless technology could reduce the ties between wearables and smartphones.”

 

  • David Manners from Electronics Weekly report that Synopsys will collaborate with Imec to create an interconnect resistivity model in support of advanced process nodes, sharing, “The new model developed through this collaboration enables the evaluation of interconnect material and process options through simulations in the early stages of technology development, when wafer data is not available, and in the process optimization and integration stages of technology development, where it reduces expensive and time-consuming wafer-based iterations.”
  • Chris Edwards from New Electronics highlights the expansion of ARM’s Cortex-M series, quoting Nandan Nayampally as stating, “The main targets are startups and makers. We are also seeing OEMs in white goods who want to start building their own solutions rather than using standard microcontrollers.”

 

  • Several reporters including Peter Clarke from EE Times continue to highlight ARM’s collaboration with IMEC to improve 7nm design, quoting Simon Segars as stating, “Optimizing advanced nanotechnology nodes is highly complex and it needs focused expertise to meet challenges in areas such as patterning and power.”

 

  • Several reporters including Don Clark from The Wall Street Journal report that San Francisco-based startup, SiFive, has plans to develop and sell chips based on RISC-V technology, noting, “RISC-V can be used without charge and freely modified, similar to the way open-source programs like Linux are now used by many companies. Its backers see it is an antidote to stiff development costs and other market forces that have deterred chip designers and contributed to the entrenched positions of players like Intel Corp. and ARM Holdings PLC.”
  • An article from Cambridge News highlights the 2016 Big Weekend event sponsored by ARM, quoting Cambridge Live’s Steve Bagnall as stating, “It is very important for Cambridge Live to be creating new links with organisations such Cambridge Film Trust, who are providing the mobile cinema, and Addenbrooke’s, who are running the Health and Wellbeing village. We are also pleased to strengthen our relationship with existing partners and we are particularly grateful to ARM for their support.”

 

  • Several reporters including Eric Auchard from Reuters highlight ARM as an exception to the rule when it comes to the impact of Brexit on financials, noting, “Two UK-based safe havens are ARM Holdings, which licenses chip technology used in most smartphones worldwide, and Sophos, driven by demand for its computer security software and services, most financial analysts say.”

 

  • Several reporters including David Manners from Electronics Weekly highlight ARM’s collaboration with Imec to address 7nm processes as part of the INSITE programme, quoting Simon Segars as stating, “Advanced process nodes are vital in driving performance and efficiency and our collaboration with imec will push the boundaries of what consumers can expect. Optimising advanced nanotechnology nodes is highly complex and it needs focused expertise to meet challenges in areas such as patterning and power. Our collaboration delivers a breadth of talent, with imec’s experience in advanced logic, circuit and system design, ARM’s leadership in IP design for advanced CMOS technologies and support from across the well-established imec ecosystem.”
  • In a contributed post for Embedded Computing Design, Fabien Chouteau from AdaCore highlighted the launch of the Make with Ada programming competition, noting, “The goal is to design and implement an embedded software project for an ARM Cortex M or R processor where Ada and/or Spark are the principal language technologies.”

 

  • Debbie Carlson from U.S. News & World Report highlights ARM as an example of a European company investing in global markets, sharing, “Examples of companies using that strategy are pharmaceutical companies Novo Nordisk (NVO) and Roche Holdings, semiconductor firm ARM Holdings (ARMH) and Swiss bank Julius Baer, which Baird holds, Beitner says. These also are large-cap companies and market-share leaders in their segments.”

 

  • Several reporters including Richard Wilson from Electronics Weekly reports that STMicroelectronics has introduced a development ecosystem for its STM32L4 MCUs that will provide direct access to ARM mbed online tools, noting, “There are also five new STM32L43x and STM32L44x ARM Cortex-M4F MCU product lines including options of having an integrated USB controller, an LCD controller, and cryptography for security-conscious applications. There is also up to 256kbyte of flash.”

 

Lastly, here are some highlights from the week of July 4:

  • Martin Flitton from Cambridge News highlighted ARM’s participation at the Blackthorn Focus investor forum.
  • Matthew Gooding from Cambridge News highlighted ARM’s workplace initiatives.
  • Ann Steffora Mutschler from Semiconductor Engineering highlights ARM’s insight on the growth of the GPU market.
  • Ed Sperling from Semiconductor Engineering highlighted ARM’s insight on the evolution of sensor technology.
  • Jeff Dorsch from Semiconductor Engineering highlighted ARM’s participation in a roundtable discussion on parallel hardware and software design.

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