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The skills gap

One of the most discussed topics in education policy circles these days is how to narrow the gap between what educational institutions are teaching, and the knowledge and skills required in today’s job market. This gap is often referred to as the “education gap”, “skills gap” or “skills mismatch”, and there is evidence that this gap is widening in engineering disciplines, with considerable socio-economic consequences [1][2][3].


As an academic now working in industry, it is clear to me that addressing this gap necessitates collaboration among four main stakeholders: government, education providers (including schools and universities), industry and learned societies. Industry stakeholders in particular have a major role to play, not only in facilitating educational institutions’ access to the latest technologies, but also as content creators in their own right. The unprecedented pace of technological change in the last few decades makes it difficult, if not impossible, for educators to keep their teaching materials up-to-date, especially given the increasing pressure on educators to balance teaching with research. As the stakeholder responsible for the execution of technology roadmaps, industry is best positioned to produce content that matches this pace.


ARM Education Media: bridging the gap

With this in mind, we at ARM have recently launched ARM Education Media, a subscription-based digital content hub offering interactive online courses and e-first textbooks. As the world’s leading semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) provider that powers most of today’s mobile computers, among many other products, ARM is very well placed to play a leading role in addressing the skills gap.  Our hub will allow academics, students, professional engineers and the wider training market to keep up with the latest technologies from the ARM ecosystem; technologies that are reaching 80% of the global population.




ARM Education Media’s online courses combine theoretical and practical materials in the form of lecture slides and videos, interactive quizzes, and engaging lab videos demonstrating state-of-the-art software and hardware technologies. They are ideal for “flipped classroom” pedagogy or individual self-study. The first four online courses, available now on our hub, focus on efficient and rapid embedded systems design, the Internet of Things, and Digital Signal Processing. More courses, and our first textbooks, will follow soon.


To ensure they maintain industry relevance, all of ARM Education Media’s materials will operate a one-year maintenance cycle and a four-year major revamp cycle following major industry roadmaps. Besides, the materials have been designed in a highly modular and configurable manner in order to allow for the rapid creation of new content that suits different learner needs.


Working in partnership

ARM Education Media is the culmination of several years of collaboration with thousands of educational institutions, industrial partners, students, recruiters and managers worldwide. It complements other initiatives and programs at ARM such as the ARM Education Partnership, which helps teachers and children learn with technology, the ARM University Program, which provides university academics  worldwide with free teaching materials and technologies for many Computer Engineering and related courses, and ARM Training, which provides professional engineers with training on core ARM technology topics.


Whether you are an academic, researcher, student, librarian, professional engineer or hobbyist, visit the ARM Education Media website, let us know what you think of our offerings, and tell us how we can make them better. We look forward to hearing from you.






Khaled Benkrid, PhD, CEng, MBA

Director of Education and Research, ARM Ltd




[1] ] Susan Lord, CIP 443 Future of Engineering Education: An IEEE Report, Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration, PalmSprings Hilton Feb. 4-6, 2015.

[2]  Engineering UK 2015 Report,

[3]  Still Searching: Job Vacancies and STEM Skills, Brookings Report, July 2014,

Bloomberg show visits with two of the keynote speakers at ARM TechCon in latest episode


Earlier this year, Bloomberg TV launched a new show called “Hello World” which takes viewers around the globe to take a look at technology innovation happening outside of Silicon Valley. Back in July, the “Hello World” crew visited Cambridge, UK to film an episode which featured two of the keynote speakers for ARM TechCon; ARM CTO Mike Muller and Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton. Fresh off his latest shoots in Moscow and Siberia last week, I had a chance to connect with the show’s host, veteran Bloomberg Businessweek reporter and best-selling author, Ashlee Vance.


This show is your brainchild, tell me why?

The whole premise of the show is the world spends an inordinate amount of time obsessing over the same 8 companies in Silicon Valley. As I would go do features for Businessweek, I’d often interview companies outside of Silicon Valley (see Ashlee’s feature on ARM from 2014) and was impressed with the technology in the different countries and cities I visited. What sometimes could not be captured in the writing was the places I visited had a unique twist on the technology and how their cultures influenced what they were working on. 


What’s been the most interesting “Hello, World” visit thus far?

Given all the baggage and tension you hear about with Israel, I think Tel Aviv has been the most surprising. The atmosphere was quite electric. The people there have great work-life balance. They work hard and then go enjoy themselves at night. The technology there was probably the closest to Silicon Valley in terms of its strength. Also, their start-ups have advantages of local talent, money and marketing know-how. There is a more complete ecosystem there than anywhere else I went.


Who is the person you’ve interviewed for the show that has most impressed you?

Peter Beck at Rocket Lab in New Zealand. He's a guy who didn't finish college and is a self-taught engineer. What they are doing may not be as ambitious as SpaceX, they are still doing some unique things like building their own space ports. They are threatening to change the economics and want to do trips for $5 or $6 million. He really has gotten it to polished point in essentially the middle of nowhere.


Talk about the transition from feature writer/author to TV host?

When I do a feature story, I'm more of a psychologist -- tell me about your parents, background, etc. because I can go into so much detail in a 5000-word story. With TV it's about an instant experience. I still try to make people feel comfortable but I'm up against time pressure. Parts of it I like, part I don't like. For example, with Mike Muller, he’s someone I’ve interviewed before


You have visited ARM in Cambridge a few times over the last several years. What’s your take on Cambridge as a tech hub?

It's definitely been a highlight among the places I've visited and is similar to Israel in terms of having a proper ecosystem outside of Silicon Valley. It is diverse and not reliant on any one industry - you have semiconductor, software and biotech. The vibe there was good when we filmed, even being on the heels of Brexit. Cambridge companies do have a massive global impact that don't often find anywhere outside of Silicon Valley and China. 


Do you have a favorite pub in Cambridge?

Might have to go with The Eagle based on historical grounds. But I also like the drinking clubs at the university where you usually need a student to let you in.


What appeals to you most about Cambridge?

For me, it's the idyllic university town. I love the pub culture, the chats you have around a few beers. Lots of young, energetic people thinking about big things. I love how easy it is to get around and this visit I actually got to do some punting. I was actually getting better at it toward the end.


Speaking of punting, you interviewed Eben Upton on a punting boat. What struck you as most interesting about him and was that your first interview on a boat?

Actually in New Zealand I interviewed someone on a paddle board but it didn't make the final cut. Eben is interesting because he is this hardcore chip engineer for Broadcom who had this bright idea for Raspberry Pi. The fact that it turned into something so massive in a short period of time is impressive. Overall the enthusiasm and inventiveness from the Raspberry Pi guys I talked with about their product was quite interesting.



What's next for the show as you close out 2016 and head into next year?

We have one more episode to shoot out of 10 total for 2016. We just finished Russia and Japan and will do Chile next. In 2017 we plan to go bigger and more ambitious. We're on Hulu today and our hope is to get on to other networks. We're currently in talks with guys like Netflix and Amazon to try and make that happen. We want to do a mix of some long and short episodes. Long ones in countries and short episodes (6-12 mins) focused on particular subjects such as AI or rockets.


Switching gears a bit since we're in the midst of the Major League Baseball playoffs -- you and I bear the burden of rooting for the same MLB team -- the Houston Astros. In 2014, Sports Illustrated picked our boys to win the World Series … in 2017. Is there a “Hello World” shoot in the works for Houston next October to coincide with the World Series?

That would be good. While I really like (Lance) McCullers and (Mike) Musgrove, we're going to need some more pitching to get us there. And we need to (Dallas) Keuchel to get back to his 2015 form. But hey, I'm all for doing a "tech of the Astros" segment.


Astros 2017 WS.JPG

While Debian 8 is now available since two months for RK3288 based devices like the MiQi from mqmaker the whole firmware still needs some integration cycles to get the most out of the hardware. Kodi 16.1 already runs on this devices and video rendering is already hardware accelerated in Debian 8 via glamor but it can not offer hardware acceleration for video decoding.
Kodi 17 should offer this feature.


Kodi 17 call for testers:

[video] Support Rockchip's VAAPI hardware decoding by wzyy2 · Pull Request #10684 · xbmc/xbmc · GitHub


So if you have a RK3288 based device around get a kernel, a rootfs, build Kodi from github and see whats possible (find more details on the mqmaker forum).
e.g. a TV box like the UT3 models from Ugoos will do: Ugoos UT3 devices with firmware from mqmaker

It should be possible to play FullHD 1080p H.264 videos at about 2 Watts of overall device power consumption. Kodi 17 on RK3288 needs testers


SoftBank Chairman & CEO Masayoshi Son, ARM CEO Simon Segars join a speaker line-up which features hackers, makers and explorers.


What: ARM TechCon 2016 keynotes and speakers


When: Oct. 25-27


Where: Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, Calif.


Who: One hacked a car and drove it into a ditch. Another is a founding father of the maker movement. Others are experts in vision, low-power and semiconductor-scaling technologies. One conquered Annapurna outfitted with an array of wearables. Still others envision a future for IoT where a confluence of hardware technologies and software applications changes the world.


The hacker

In 2015, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek hacked a Jeep with a journalist inside and took control of it. Months later they remotely accessed another vehicle and disabled its brakes. Miller, keynoting at ARM TechCon 2016 and now working at Uber, will offer insights and directions on improving security for the network. (Thursday, 9:30 a.m.)


Founding father

Eben Upton is a successful ASIC engineer with Broadcom, but it was his efforts at creating the Raspberry Pi Foundation—which has taken the Maker movement by storm—just a few years ago that have made headlines. Upton will share his vision of how low-cost, widely accessible hardware technology will drive electronics-systems innovation in the future. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.).


The Fellows

Jem Davies and Greg Yeric are just two of ARM’s honored group of technology Fellows. This year they’re delivering technical keynotes to discuss trends in vision and imaging and the future of semiconductor scaling.


Opening up on open source

Jon Masters, Red Hat’s Chief ARM Architect and Technical Lead for RHEL Server, takes the stage to describe how collaborative, community-powered innovation is changing our modern world (Thursday, 4:30 p.m.).


The vision thing

In addition to ARM CTO Mike Muller and CEO Simon Segars reprising their popular ARM TechCon presentations again this year, SoftBank Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son will also take to the stage on day one.


Tuesday, Oct. 25

TechCon’s opening keynote will see Masayoshi Son and Simon Segars sharing their vision for ARM and the ARM partnership.

  • Simon will open with personal thoughts on the acquisition of ARM by SoftBank in September and discuss why the deal made sense as ARM positions itself for the next phase of growth.
  • Simon will introduce Masa who will guide the audience through the journey his company SoftBank, one of the world’s most entrepreneurial companies, has been on since it was founded 35 years ago. He will talk about how he was first inspired by the possibilities of chip technology as a young man, how that fascination grew during his Cal Berkeley university days and the vision that drives him forward still. 


Following Simon and Masa on Tuesday, Mike Muller will take stage and offers insights into the trends driving future ARM technologies.


Wednesday, Oct. 26

Simon Segars looks at how the ARM ecosystem is enabling new, transformative products in IoT, automotive, servers, networking and mobile. He will talk about the deeply leading-edge engineering being brought to bear to tackle the challenges of creating a smarter and more connected planet. He will also discuss why the thousands of partners making up the ARM ecosystem are all very well-positioned to benefit from the commercial opportunities of embedding computing everywhere.


Theater sessions

One of the most popular exhibit-floor attractions at ARM TechCon is the theater presentation lineup. This year features:


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  • Several reporters including Junko Yoshida from EE Times highlight the release of NXP’s ARM-based i.MX8 processor series, noting, “The new family of processors is based on up to six 64-bit ARM v8-A processor cores. It includes a HiFi 4 DSP, LPDDR4 and DDR4 memory support, in addition to dual Gigabit Ethernet with audio video bridging (AVB) capability.”


  • Several reporters including George Leopold from EnterpriseTech continue to report that Intel will incorporate ARM’s Cortex-A53 processor in its Stratix 10 FPGA, sharing, “Among the performance improvements claimed by Intel is a two-fold increase in core performance along with five-fold increase in chip density compared to the previous generation. The Stratix 10 also delivers up to 10 teraflops of single-precision floating-point performance and up to 10-terabits/second of memory bandwidth.”


  • Sead Fadilpašić from ITProPortal highlights a report by Gartner which anticipates a three percent decline in global shipments of mobile devices, writing, “Growth is on pace to remain flat during the next five years. All segments are expected to decline in 2016, except for premium ultramobiles and utility mobile phones (entry level phones), which are expected to show single-digit growth this year.”
  • Ed Sperling from Semiconductor Engineering highlights ARM’s insight on the challenges of choosing verification engines, quoting Bill Neifert as stating, “It’s the interaction of things that becomes challenging. You can just debug any single one. We had a customer problem once. When the memory latency was shortened by a cycle the performance went down by half. That involved a setting between the processor, the interconnect and the memory. And it was only one setting, with an exact combination, did that. Unfortunately, it’s not just a single problem.”


  • Several reporters including Ian Cutress from AnandTech highlight the release of AMD’s ARM-based Bristol Ridge PRO APUs with extended support, noting, “With the PRO APUs, AMD uses an ARM Cortex-A5 to implement ARM TrustZone, offering software agnostic (compared to Intel which does not) support for hardware-based security. This includes Secure Boot, Content Protection, per-Application security, fTPM 2.0, and support for Microsoft Device Guard, Windows Hello, independent fingerprint security, data protection and Bitlocker, among other things. AMD supports this via the DASH management protocol, which is ultimately CPU agnostic and allows users of other DASH systems to get up to speed.”


  • Several reporters including Agam Shah from IDG News report that Intel will incorporate a 64-bit ARM processor in its new Stratix 10 FPGA, sharing, “ARM CPUs have been used in Altera FPGAs, but the Cortex-A53 in Stratix 10 shows Intel isn't shying away from the latest ARM technology. There's also the possibility of Intel eliminating the ARM CPU for x86 in its integrated Xeon FPGA chip. Intel and ARM have feuded in the past on architectural superiority, sometimes indulging in petty arguments over power and performance. Intel wants to put its x86 chips in as many devices as possible, but it is willing to tap into ARM CPU designs when necessary.”
  • An article in Cambridge News highlights ARM as a judge at the Discovering Start-Ups 2016 competition, noting, “Organised by Cambridge Wireless, the final of Discovering Start-Ups 2016 will take place later this month, and CW has revealed the ten companies in the running to take home the prizes. To be crowned winners, the finalists will have to pitch to a panel of 27 judges from industry big-names like ARM, Google, Samsung and event sponsors Deloitte.”


  • Several reporters, including Jeffrey Burt of eWeek, highlight the release of Kaleao’s ARM-based KMAX hyperconverged infrastructure. Burt writes, “According to Mattiussi and Greg Nicoloso, general manager and chief marketing officer at Kaleao, the company's architecture—due in part to the use of ARM chips and what they call "microvisors" rather than hypervisors—brings significant improvements over competing hyperconverged offerings. In the area of density, the Kaleao system enables 10 times the performance in the same space, while at less than 15 watts per server, the KMAX is four times more efficient, they said. It also reduces capital expenditures by three to five times.”


  • Several reporters, including Napier Lopez from The Next Web, highlight the launch of Xiaomi’s ARM-based Mi Box in the U.S. Lopez writes, “Spec wise the Mi Box should be enough to perform smoothly, if nothing to write home about: 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB or storage, an ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and a Mali 450 GPU.”
  • Ann Steffora Mutschler from Semiconductor Engineering highlights ARM’s insight on the growing challenges of heterogeneous processors, quoting Neil Parris as stating, “To get suitable performance for software development, system designers have been using ARM Fast Models to simulate a programmer’s view of all the hardware. To get more detailed performance, designers might mix divide and conquer, for example, starting with traffic generators in place of processors to check the interconnect and memory system characteristics, or run cycle models to measure performance. It’s also possible to mix these techniques. For example, ARM offers a ‘Swap and Play’ technology to allow you to boot an OS quickly with fast models, then swap to cycle models for full accuracy.”


  • In a contributed post for EDN-Europe, Rajan Bedi from SpaceChips highlights the integration of ARM-based processors in spacecraft applications, noting, “There are a number of options available to allow the space industry to exploit the advantages of ARM’s, small, low-power, high-performance architecture. Several space-grade foundries have licensed the ARM architecture and offer this IP as part of their Hi-REL, ASIC design flow, e.g. ST Microelectronics sells many ARM cores commercially and can harden these for satellite customers baselining its 65 nm, space-grade ASICs.”


  • In a contributed post for Forbes, Marco Chiappetta reports on the launch of Thecus Technology’s N12910 NAS device which incorporates an Intel Skylake-based processor and DDR4 memory, sharing, “The N12910 is a 12-bay rackmountable NAS, that’s received a performance boost over previous-generation offering, thanks to the enhanced processing capabilities of Skylake. Skylake-based processors and DDR4 memory also offer the added benefit of lower-power consumption.”
  • Several reporters including Eamon McCarthy Earls from TechTarget continue to highlight the launch of ARM’s CoreLink CMN-600 Coherent Mesh Network Interconnect and CoreLink DMC-620 Dynamic Memory Controller, quoting ARM’s Monika Biddulph as stating, “Our new CoreLink system IP for SoCs, based on the ARMv8-A architecture, delivers the flexibility to seamlessly integrate heterogeneous computing and acceleration to achieve the best balance of compute density and workload optimization within fixed power and space constraints.”


  • Several reporters including Cherlynn Low from Engadget report that Intel introduced new wearable technology at Paris Fashion Week that can accurately detect stress among runway models, sharing, “The glasses have capacitive EEG electrodes on both temples to read brainwaves, while the nose bridge houses an optical heart rate sensor and a microphone for measuring heart rate variability and breathing rates respectively. The information is combined by the onboard Curie module using what Intel calls ‘sensor fusion’ for more accurate stress detection. It's then sent to a 3D printed belt around each model's waist over Bluetooth Low Energy. These belts also sport Curie modules to receive the data, as well as an Intel Compute Stick to process and visualize the stress metric.”


Lastly, here are some highlights from the week of September 26:

  • In a guest post for VentureBeat, Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK, highlighted ARM as one of the UK’s biggest tech success stories.
  • A Cambridge News article highlighted ARM’s contributions to Cambridge.
  • Brian Santo from Light Reading highlighted the launch of ARM’s CMN-600 Coherent Mesh Network and ARM CoreLink DMC-620 Dynamic Memory Controller.
  • Several reporters including Monica Alleven from FierceWireless highlighted the availability of OPNFV Colorado, referencing Bob Monkman’s blog post on the topic.
  • Several reporters, including Dan Robinson from The Register, highlighted the launch of the Linaro IoT and Embedded (LITE) Segment Group to develop secure platforms for connected devices.
  • Ashlee Vance from Bloomberg highlighted ARM’s role in reviving England’s technology industry.
  • Ed Sperling from Semiconductor Engineering highlights ARM’s insight on the growth of artificial intelligence, machine learning and cognitive computing, quoting Jeff Defilippi as stating, “We’re seeing a lot more demand for acceleration and compute. Depending on where they are, there are different needs. We’re seeing more content cache from small access points with some level of intelligence built into them. So then you have a coherent on-chip backplane to connect the various components. It’s coherent off-chip, as well.”


  • Ashlee Vance from Bloomberg highlights ARM’s role in reviving England’s technology industry, noting, “With its headquarters in Cambridge, ARM has become the dominant chip designer of this era… The Raspberry Pi has turned into a computing phenomenon, as well, with hobbyists and inventors around the globe using the tiny $35 computer to build all manner of devices… The good news for England is that things such as the Raspberry Pi have encouraged a younger generation to try its hand at computer science. And money from ARM’s wealthy founders and investors has poured into Cambridge, fuelling another wave of startups.”


  • Several reporters including Brandon Hill from Hot Hardware highlight the release of NVIDIA’s ARM-based Xavier SoC for autonomous cars, sharing, “Xavier is an SoC built around a custom 8-core processor architecture, and is backed by an all-new Volta GPU design. Xavier is being billed as a replacement for the recently announced Parker-based Drive PX 2 platform (which is powered by two NVIDIA Denver cores and 4 ARM Cortex-A57 cores) that is more power efficient and provides much of its computational power in a single SoC.”
  • Brian Santo from Light Reading highlights the launch of ARM’s CMN-600 Coherent Mesh Network and ARM CoreLink DMC-620 Dynamic Memory Controller, noting, “They are available immediately. Applications that ARM is looking at enabling include networking, server, storage, automotive, industrial and high-performance computing (HPC). Other imminent use cases include virtual reality and autonomous vehicles.”


  • Several reporters including Monica Alleven from FierceWireless highlight the availability of OPNFV Colorado, referencing Bob Monkman’s blog post on the topic, adding, “The announcement of the Colorado release from the OPNFV collaborative development project marks yet another milestone for deployment-ready NFV open source infrastructure on the ARM architecture, according to Bob Monkman, segment marketing manager at ARM. The ARM ecosystem has been integral from the beginning with the release of Arno and then Brahmaputra, he said in a blog post.”


  • Vlad Savov from The Verge highlights Intel’s new office building in Israel’s Petah Tikva, sharing, “In classic dystopian surveillance fashion, Intel’s future ultra-smart building begins with face recognition. No need for ID badges when the walls know who and where you are at all times. Thousands of sensors scattered throughout the facility will "fit your needs, optimize your day, and ultimately help you live your best life.”
  • In a guest post for VentureBeat, Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK, highlights ARM as one of the UK’s biggest tech success stories, noting, “ARM designs the chips that power 95 percent of the world’s smartphones, and its technology effectively put a computer in everyone’s pocket. This summer, the Cambridge-based company, which few consumers had heard of, accepted a $32 billion takeover offer from Japanese conglomerate Softbank.”


  • A Cambridge News article highlights ARM’s contributions to Cambridge, noting, “…ARM Holdings, the chip design behemoth bought by Japanese conglomerate SoftBank earlier this month for £24bn, a record fee for a European technology company. Its global headquarters will remain in the city, and is likely to double in size over the next decade. It's likely you have an ARM design in your pocket or handbag, as they power the vast majority of the world's smartphones, as well as other devices, such as the Raspberry Pi.”


  • Jonathan Vanian from Fortune highlights Intel’s partnership with Lenovo and Paypal to create fingerprint identification technology for online payments, sharing, “The companies said that the new biometric system for personal computers is based on security standards created by the FIDO Alliance, an industry consortium that’s trying to ensure that emerging security technologies like fingerprint and iris scanners are able to work across different devices.”
  • Peggy Lee from New Electronics highlights the ARM-based single board computers from Novasom included in their recent distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics, noting, “The agreement includes the NOVAsom family of single board computers based upon an ARM Cortex core. The boards are said to combine high performance with low power consumption and feature an innovative engineering concept. Developed by Novasom as a powerful general purpose line, the boards can be integrated and customised into a range of applications with demanding graphics requirements, from low power IoT to digital signage.”


  • Peter Clarke of EE Times Europe highlights the Renesas Electronics acquisition of Intersil Corporation, noting, “The ranking will be impacted by Renesas Electronics acquisition of Intersil Corp. for $3.2 billion and the acquisition by Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) of Linear Technology Corp. (LTC) for $14.8 billion.”


  • Gil Press from Forbes highlights an IDC report which revealed data management as the predominant theme for the IoT market, sharing, “…to IDC’s question about most important digital transformation projects, survey respondents cited cloud transformation/transition (66%), IoT (32%), and big data/cognitive solutions (27%). IDC noted that these transformational initiatives are interlinked: The cloud gives IoT a platform on which to scale and the IoT lays the foundation for investments in big data and cognitive solutions, to make sense of all data generated by the IoT and residing in the cloud.”


Lastly, here are some highlights from the week of September 19:

  • Peter Clarke from EE Times Europe highlights the joint statement between Simon Segars and Masayoshi Son in celebration of the recent acquisition.
  • Richard Wilson from Electronics Weekly highlights the release of Eurotech’s ARM-based ReliaGate IoT development kits for industrial applications.
  • Many reporters including David Meyer from Fortune highlight the launch of ARM’s Cortex-R52 processor for autonomous vehicles and industrial robotics systems.
  • My Social Good News published Dominic Vergine’s post highlighting ARM’s role in advancing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
  • An article from HPCwire highlights ARM’s Alejandro Rico and Chris Adeniyi-Jones as an SC16 Best Paper Award nominees for ‘The Mont-Blanc Prototype: An Alternative Approach for HPC Systems.
  • Several reporters including Graham Prophet from EE Times Europe continue to highlight the launch of ARM’s Cortex-R52 processor, quoting James McNiven as stating, “The Cortex-R52 ... was designed from the ground up to address functional safety... especially in fully autonomous vehicles and robotics systems where specific functionality is required for safety-critical tasks. By documenting the strict development process, fault modelling and supporting software isolation, ARM is enabling a faster route to market for partners addressing these applications.”


  • An article from HPCwire highlights ARM’s Alejandro Rico and Chris Adeniyi-Jones as an SC16 Best Paper Award nominees for ‘The Mont-Blanc Prototype: An Alternative Approach for HPC Systems,’ noting, “In this paper, we present the system’s architecture and evaluate both performance and energy-efficiency. Further, we compare the system’s abilities against a production-level supercomputer. Finally, we discuss parallel scalability and estimate the maximum parallel scalability point of this approach.”


  • Several reporters including Agam Shah from IDG News report that Intel has collaborated with Oakley to create the Radar Pace smart sunglasses, sharing, “Radar Pace has sensors that can track heart rate, distance, cadence, speed, and other vital workout information. The data is synced with a smartphone connected to Radar Pace via Bluetooth, where an app called Radar Pace App monitors the workout, answers questions, and provides voice recommendations.”
  • Several reporters including Jeff Burt from eWeek continue to highlight the launch of ARM’s Cortex-R52 processor, quoting James Scobie as stating, “Across multiple markets, electronic systems are becoming more complex—including automotive, industrial control and healthcare. Vehicles are beginning to drive themselves, industrial robots are becoming increasingly collaborative, and medical systems are automated to assist with surgery or deliver medication. More of these systems are demanding functionally safe operation and requiring that functional safety be provided at a higher safety level than previous generations of systems demanded.”


  • My Social Good News published Dominic Vergine’s post highlighting ARM’s role in advancing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Dominic writes, “As a signatory of the UN Global Compact and the designer of chip technology powering 95 percent of the world’s smartphones, ARM is supporting the stark warning given in the report. The SDGs were put in place in 2015 to address the needs of people in developed and developing countries, emphasizing that no one should be left behind. This sentiment underpins all ARM does within our sustainability programs.”


  • Agam Shah from IDG News highlights the release of the ARM-based Poplar TV developer board, noting, “The Poplar board has a 64-bit ARM quad-core processor based on the Cortex A53 design. It has an ARM Mali T720 GPU, which supports 4K HEVC and VP9 video formats.”

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