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  • David Manners from Electronics Weekly writes how China’s support programme for its chip industry looks like it will benefit ARM

  • Gulveen Aulakh writes for The Times of India on how Lenovo is aiming to double smartphone production in India

  • In a post for Cadence’s blog that was picked up by Design and Reuse, Paul McLellan highlights an interview with CEO Simon Segars discussing the importance of ARM7 processors in the company’s success, noting, “Simon thinks that over 30 billion ARM7TDMI chips have shipped, making it the biggest selling microprocessor of all time, at least in terms of unit volume. It was also the turning point for ARM as a company.”

  • Chuong Nguyen of TechRadar reports on Xiaomi's new tablet, which looks like an iPad Mini but acts like a Surface


Happy Thanksgiving to all

Karen Schulz

GPS Module Considerations

Posted by Karen Schulz Nov 24, 2015

GPS Modules Features

Deciding which GPS module to use can be difficult. Thanks to the latest technology, GPS modules are getting smaller, more light weight, more inexpensive and easier to use. But how do you decide which GPS module will work best for your application? What factors do you need to consider before you choose a module?


Here are the top 9 features to consider.

  • Neil Tyler from New Electronics highlights a panel led by ARM CEO Simon Segars at the Science Museum in London discussing the next technological revolution, quoting Simon as stating, “We need to ensure that teachers bring technology not just into classes about technology, but into as many subject areas as possible.”

  • Bill Wong from Electronic Design highlights the release of ARM’s Cortex-A35 and ARMv8-M architecture at TechCon, in addition to several 64-bit ARM platform announcements at the show, noting, “The big difference between this year and last is that the 64-bit platforms are generally available rather than just evaluation kits. It is currently a small fraction of the server market, but this is changing as the higher performance and high core-count platforms become available as they run very cool and efficiently.”

  • Peter Sayer from PCWorld highlights the release of Ingenico’s ARM-based 5000-series payment terminals which can run web apps to perform functions in addition to processing payments, noting, “Behind the terminals’ bigger display is a 600MHz ARM Cortex-A5 processor with 512MB each of RAM and flash, running a webkit-based HTML5 browser on top of Ingenico’s own Linux-based operating system.”

  • Parker Wilhelm of TechRadar writes about biometric 'tech tattoos', and how a company from Austin, TX is putting a new spin on the concept of wearable tech.

  • Several reporters including Edgar Alvarez from Engadget highlight the anticipated release of Garmin’s ARM-based Android streaming TV stick, noting, “The stick is said to come with a 1GHz Amlogic AML826 dual-core processor, ARM Mali-400 graphics, 1GB of RAM and support for both Bluetooth and WiFi.”

  • An article from Phys.Org on United for Wildlife’s announcement of a conservation technology network called Wildlabs.Net with support from ARM, quoting ARM’s Ian Ferguson as stating, “Technology is already being used to help protect the planet’s vital resources and now we are helping to accelerate these advances to protect threatened species and habitats.”

  • Jessica Lipsky from EE Times highlights the release of Parrot’s ARM-based Bebop consumer drone, noting, “Bebop 2 uses an ARM Cortex-A9 processor, a low-tier GPU, 8 GB of flash memory, GPS receiver, and three-axis stabilization.”

  • Several reporters including David Manners from Electronics Weekly highlight the release of AppliedMicro’s ARM-based X-Gene 3 server SoC, quoting CEO Paramesh Gopi as saying, “we are really excited because X-Gene 3 gives us the opportunity to inflect the entire (ARM server) market.”

  • An article from Cambridge News highlights the Wearables for Good challenge winners and quotes ARM CEO Simon Segars as stating, “The power to influence lives through great design is now in the hands of anyone with a conscience and the will to help others. By using readily available technologies, all of the finalists showed us how incredibly simple ideas can have the potential to be transformative.”

  • Several reporters including Jeff Burt from eWeek report on ARM’s Performance Libraries announcement, writing, “ARM officials also want to make it easier for organizations to port their software to ARMv8-A-based platforms—such as servers powered by 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A57 SoCs—by offering binary distributions of such HPC open-source applications as ATLAS, OpenMPI, NumPy and TAU in the ARM Performance Libraries.”

  • Several reporters including James Niccolai from IDG News report IBM has partnered with Xilinx to expand the use of IBM Power processors in servers, sharing, “IBM Power is one of two platforms trying to challenge Intel’s dominant x86 architecture in servers. The other is ARM.”

  • Neil Tyler from New Electronics highlights Simon Segars’ keynote at ARM Forum discussing the importance of inspiring next-generation technologists, noting, “First, teachers need to bring technology into as many subject areas as possible, not just technology classes. He called for a ‘de-geeking’ of technology, making it accessible to everyone and ensuring that STEM was introduced in such a way that it appealed to all students.”
  • Ed Sperling from Semiconductor Engineering highlights ARM’s TrustZone technology in the development of securing IoE software and hardware, quoting ARM Fellow Rob Aitken as stating, “If you have a multicore architecture and you encrypt all of that, it becomes a nightmare. But there’s one other piece here, which is the TrustZone concept. There are things that need to be secure and things that don’t. So your pin number needs to be encrypted, but not everything in the IoT does.”
  • Several reporters including Caleb Denison from Digital Trends highlight the release of Mohu’s ARM-based BeBox which integrates an Android tablet into a Bluetooth speaker system, noting, “It runs Andoid Kit Kat 4.4.4 right out of the box, sports an ARM A7 quad core processor, has full access to the Google Play store, and can take a Micro SD card or USB thumb drive for additional storage and media playback.”
  • Steve McCaskill of TechWeekEurope has news from the latest Gartner report, which states 5.5 million 'things' are expected to be added to the IoT every day in 2016

On November 3rd 2015 we held our second annual ARM Forum. Each time, we pick a different subject to focus on and we bring experts together to discuss and debate the issues. This year we looked at STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and how we can inspire the next generation to lead the tech revolution.


The event was recorded and you can watch the whole 90 minute event below. Alternatively you can choose a particular section from the suggestions below.



  • Janine Love from EDN highlights interviews with ARM’s Chris Shore and TechCon keynote speaker Shawn Prestridge on the challenges associated with the embedded systems market, quoting Chris Shore as stating, “Modern embedded systems are now, in many cases, as complex as the desktop systems of 5 years ago. The embedded developer needs to understand and utilize design and coding techniques that were the exclusive province of the desktop community only a few years ago.”
  • Several reporters including Richard Lai from Engadget highlight the anticipated release of Huawei’s ARM-based Kirin 950 processors, noting, “Like its predecessor, the Kirin 950 has an octa-core processor but with much improved performance: 4 x Cortex-A72 and 4 x Cortex-A53 instead of the old mid-range offering of just eight Cortex-A53 cores. It also uses ARM's flagship Mali-T880 GPU so gaming should be blast on the phone.”
  • Several reporters including Robert Nazarian from Digital Trends report PuzzlePhone’s ARM-based modular smartphone will now accept funding on Indiegogo, sharing, “The PuzzlePhone includes a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1,080p (1,920 x 1,080). It’s powered by a 64-bit octa-core ARM processor and it includes 3GB of RAM and 16, 32, or 64GB of internal storage.”
  • Several reporters including Tony Quested from Business Weekly highlight ARM’s extended partnership with Undo Software in support of the 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture, noting, “Undo’s Linux and Android reversible debugging tools will support 64-bit ARM processors, enabling companies to simplify the process of porting code from alternative hardware architectures and legacy software environments to the world’s most ubiquitous CPU architecture.”
  • Natasha Lomas from TechCrunch highlights a recent partnership between the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the ARM-backed U.K. Code Club to coordinate coding programs for children, noting, “Another overlap that the pair envisage benefiting from their merger is both organisations have been creating free online resources for learning coding and digital making.”
  • Several reporters including Agam Shah from IDG News highlight a demo by Semihalf of its FreeBSD running on an ARM-based server board built with Cavium's ThunderX processors, noting, “Low-power processors from ARM, which licenses chip designs, are mostly used in mobile devices. But the company is gaining ground in servers with its 64-bit ARM processors, and drawing interest for use in cloud and web hosting installations.”
  • Several reporters including Mary-Ann Russon from International Business Times highlight the release of DJI’s Manifold aerial drone that runs on an ARM-based Ubuntu computer, noting, “The CPU runs on Canonical’s open source Linux operating system Ubuntu 14.04 and comes with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor and a super-fast NVIDIA Kepler-based GPU, which the company claims will provide powerful image processing.”
  • Nathan Eddy from eWeek highlights an Aeris survey which revealed the importance of IoT technology in advancing business objectives, writing, “Just under three-quarters (74 percent) of respondents indicated they feel IoT provides their organizations with the opportunity to better meet key business objectives, and 71 percent agree IoT will help them achieve a competitive edge.”

Unfortunately, ARM Connected Community will see a downtime of almost 8 hours within the next two business days. But this is one downtime we’re actually looking forward to.


Hello Connected Community – a new face about the place


My name is Carl, and I recently joined ARM as the Online Community Specialist. I come from a communications and marketing background, with a keen interest in technology – I’m finding my feet fast and getting up to speed with the wonderful content you have all been so generous to contribute.


I’m looking forward to getting to know you all better, and together with vinodesai and songbin get you connected and help our community grow. We’re working to constantly improve your experience – and we love to hear your ideas.


So hi everyone!


Feel free to follow me or ask me questions, I’d be delighted to help.




Oh hi! – but upgrades you say?


Here at ARM, the Connected Community team has been busy preparing to upgrade the Connected Community platform, bringing a raft of changes to improve your experience and make it easier to interact with and connect to experts, friends, and partners.


What’s new?


  • First look: ARM’s new branding. The Connected Community has the honour of being the first site in the ARM web ecosystem to sport its new colours. Clean spaces, a fresh font, relevant icons and bold colours.
  • Spotlight Search: The redesigned Spotlight Search is a great way to quickly find items using keywords.
  • Less is more: Get to what you need faster. Information on open Groups and Spaces has been optimised so you can get to what you need when you land on the page.
  • Responsive web design:  Take the Connected Community anywhere! If you change your browser size - for example, switch from your desktop computer to your mobile browser - you'll see the same interface fully optimized for whatever device you're using.
  • Don’t forget you can also use the Jive Android or iOS mobile apps, making connecting on the move a button touch away.


There are many other improvements besides; you can get a full rundown of what’s new at the Jive Community.


The redesigned Spotlight Search will help you get to the content you want faster.


When’s it happening?


We are expecting a downtime of about 8 hours, and we’ll do our best to make sure it happens when it will affect you the least.


Follow News to get notified.


We’re working hard to get the kinks out, pre and post deployment, so if you spot an issue, please let us know and we’ll get right on it.

  • Several reporters including Aaron Tilley from Forbes highlight the release of Helium’s ARM-based smart sensor platform which targets IoT enterprises, noting, “Inside Helium’s device is a sensor, a low-powered ARM processing chip, and a radio using the company’s own version of the communication standard 802.15.4, which is used for other standards like the ZigBee radio found in many smart home gadgets.”
  • An article from eMarketer reports the usage of wearable devices is anticipated to grow nearly 60 percent this year, sharing, “In 2015, 39.5 million US adults 18 and over will use wearables, including smartwatches and fitness trackers. That's a jump of 57.7% over 2014.”
  • Several reporters including Tom Austin-Morgan from New Electronics report Ambiq Micro’s ARM-based Apollo MCU will power Misfit wearable devices, noting, “Based on the 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 with FPU, in real-world applications the Apollo MCU delivers typically 5 to 10 times lower energy consumption than other competitive MCUs.”
  • Marc Serughetti of EE Times reports that ADAS Demands Programmable Platforms, Tools and Process, as it has to be open and and programmable by car makers to enable the earliest start of development and test.
  • Several reporters including Andrei Frumusanu from AnandTechhighlight the release of ARM’s CCI-550 interconnect and DMC-500 memory controller, noting, “Both the CCI-500 and the new CCI-550 are generational successors to the CCI-400 that is found in all currently released big.LITTLE SoCs such as Samsung’s Exynos, MediaTek’s Helio or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon designs.” Find out more about the subject in my blog The Foundation for Next Generation Heterogeneous Devices
  • Richard Chirgwin from The Register reports Qualcomm will integrate an ARM-based chipset into IP cameras, noting, “As a six-core, 64-bit CPU with dual 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A72 cores and four 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores, it's no wimp in the bit-bustling stakes.”
  • Pawan Fangaria from SemiWiki highlights CEO Simon Segars’ participation in a lecture series at Berkeley Engineering in which he provided an in-depth view about the technological progress and what ARM is doing to unleash newer opportunities in newer markets.
  • Jeremy Rifkin contributes an article on Huffington Post about The rise of the Internet of Things and the race to a zero marginal cost society through the increased effectiveness of renewable energy sources combined with the new applications being seen in embedded computing
  • Several reporters including Ian Cutress from AnandTech highlight the release of AMD’s new R-Series embedded processors codenamed “Merlin Falcon,” noting, “An embedded platform regularly requires security, and thus features such as AMDs use of ARM TrustZone along with high performance graphics and HSA 1.0 features are all aimed at these markets.”
  • Several reporters including Tony Quested from Business Weekly report 1248 has joined the ARM mbed partner ecosystem to drive the growing IoT market, quoting ARM’s Zach Shelby as stating, “We specialise in building deep relationships across the technology sector and ARM engages with thousands of companies in doing this.”
  • Many publications including Hexus have news of the new ARM Mali-470 GPU that Offers Improved Efficiency and Experiences on Wearable and IoT Devices
  • Steve Bush from Electronics Weekly goes through the different MCU architectures a maker/beginner should learn if they wish to dabble in simple digital power.
  • Several reporters including Richard Wilson from Electronics Weekly report on ARM’s acquisition of Carbon Design Systems, quoting ARM’s Hobson Bullman as stating, “Early stage virtual prototyping of complex SoCs is now mandatory for leading silicon vendors, as demonstrated by the success of ARM Fast Models.”
  • Many reporters including Pavithra Rathinavel from International Business Times highlight the anticipated release of Huawei’s ARM-based Mate 8 smartphone, noting, “The upcoming smartphone will reportedly come powered by the company’s own Kirin 950 chipset and 3 or 4 GB of RAM. This chip will apparently work in tandem with four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, running at 2.0 GHz and additional four Cortex-A72 cores, running at 2.4 GHz.”
  • Scott Gilbertson of The Register has news on the openSUSE Leap, a Middle Ground Between Cutting Edge and Conservative


ARM is sponsoring the first ever ARM mbed wearable hackathon in the University of Cambridge. Students will be introduced to the mbed platform, learn to program a microcontroller and have a chance to network with ARM engineers and fellow students. Participants will receive support from our engineers throughout the event to create an innovative internet connected wearable device.  There will be a panel of judges consisting of professors from the university and engineers from ARM to select the best end-product and give prizes on Sunday.

The 100 tickets available sold out in under 30 mins after release. We are getting overwhelming response from the students with many who did not get tickets asking to be put on waiting list. ARM engineers are working hard preparing for the event and this weekend is gearing up to be a big success for the University and ARM.


Event: The Cambridge University Engineering Society Hackathon

Theme: ARM mbed wearables

Time: 10 am 24th Oct to 2 pm 25th Oct

Venue: University of Cambridge Department of Engineering

Facebook events page:


Saturday 24th October:

10:00 am - 10:45 am - Participants check-in

11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Safety briefing, introductory presentations from ARM

12:00 pm - Hacking starts

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm- Team forming exercise and quick pitching session

12:30 pm - Examples workshop


Sunday 25th October:

12:00 pm - Hacking stops

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm - Presentations by teams

01:00 pm - Award ceremony, followed by end-note speaker

02:00 pm - Hackathon ends


Confirmed judges:



Dr. Alexandre J Kabla

University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering,

Mechanics and Materials Division. Fellow of Emmanuel College.

Research interests: Physics and mechanics of biological systems

Leader of the OpenLabTools project which focuses on the development of low-cost and open-access scientific tools


Dr Per Ola Kristensson

University Lecturer in Engineering Design in the Department of Enginnering at the University of Cambridge.

Lead the Intelligent Interactive Systems group in the Engineering Design Centre.

Focus on understanding how to design interactive systems that enable people to be more creative, expressive and satisfied in their daily lives.

Build systems that amplifiy people's ability to efficiently interact with computer systems.


Simon Ford

VP Products, IoT,  ARM Ltd.

Leads the mbed project to establish an open platform for developers to create ARM-based IoT devices on

a massive scale to a very wide professional developer audience


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