Another day has come to a close and we’re already over half way through ARM TechCon 2016. Security and IoT is still at the forefront of everyone’s conversations this week, here are my highlights from today…
jemdavies was the first to take to the stage today and he gave us a history lesson on create images, starting with the famous Mona Lisa painting, all the way through to smartphones. Jem gave us an insight into the recent acquisition of Apical and the exciting new technology which is now part of the ARM portfolio. The ability to create images has always been vital, but now technology is giving us the chance to analyse images and make intelligent decisions. Jem proudly showed us a video of one of the new IP products in action, the video shows how the camera reads images, recognise people and distinguishes the movements they make. It’s an exciting time for virtual/augmented reality and facial recognition for the ARM ecosystem, Jem concluded his talk by calling on the ecosystem to create their own masterpieces.
You can learn more about Apical in freddijeffries blog post here: Seeing the future with computer vision
simonsegars proudly took to the stage this morning to a piece of music, created by his 11-year-old son. He took some time to demonstrate how technology has brought creativity to the mass market and how you no longer need a studio or expensive equipment to be an artist. This is just one way that the ARM ecosystem is making real changes! Simon was pleased to say this is the most exciting part of his job - watching ARM’s individual pieces of IP come together, to become systems and the innovation that brings to the ecosystem.
Simon discussed the IoT study, commission by ARM and The Economist, and some its findings. The most notable for me being the three main barriers people have to implementing IoT in their business:
He demonstrated how ARM’s new comprehensive suite of IP helps combat cost and security, ARM® Cortex®-M processors (Cortex-M23 and Cortex-M33), a new IoT subsystem SSE-200 with ARM CoreLink™ SIE-200 system IP, ARM mbed™ Cloud and ARM Artisan® IoT POP™ IP.
Now it was time to talk toast (and bagels), with a quick look back at last year and the burnt bagel that set off the fire alarm in Simon’s keynote. Whilst ARM haven’t created the connected toaster that Mike Muller dreams of, we have created a connected coffee machine which can measure when you need to order more coffee. Simon’s was quick to demonstrate that these connected devices need end-to-end secure systems.
Getting these right will be essential to the success of IoT!
Sadly, not all insecure code has a flashing light to warn you of the risk, but our demo at ARM TechCon does!
If you want to learn more about the SSE-200 secure demo come and visit mayanksharma (SIE-200 Product Manager) and Mike Eftimakis aka ftbug (SSE-200 Product Manager) on the ARM booth! They will show you how with the flick a switch, the debugger loses access, but you can still access the registers securely, to show secure and non-secure memory accesses.
simonrance (Senior Product Manager, ARM) demonstrated this morning how tooling can enable intelligent IP configuration. He showed the audience several types of IP configuration, (including CL1, CL2 and CL3) and how manual IP integration is now too time consuming and expensive. Using ARM tools allows you to reduce risk, accelerate your time to market and simplifies system design. This allows you to assemble systems in days, not months!
This afternoon rob_coombs (Director Security Marketing) was joined by Phil Attfield (CEO of sequiturlabs) to showcase some trustworthy IOT devices using ARM’s newly announced ARMv8-M based processors. Rob started the presentation by walking the audience through some fundamentals of security. Then Sequitur Labs shared their experience of how debug features worked “out of the box” on ARMv8M. They highlighted the same message that we’ve heard throughout the keynotes – security is essential and it needs to be built into a device from the ground up! TrustZone for ARMv8-M is a major security enhancement for microcontrollers.
Mike Eftimakis ftbug and Ian Dennison (Cadence Design Systems) highlighted how Cadence and ARM are helping designers jump-start their SoC development, de-risk and improve time to silicon. They achieve this by using ARM’s IoT subsystem (SSE-100) within the Cadence’ Hosted Design Solution (HDS) environment.
This year there’s an illustrator who is bringing the keynotes to life in real time! When each keynote has finished the images are available for everyone to see in the ARM TechCon registration area!
Sadly, ARM TechCon finishes tomorrow, but luckily there is still lots of exciting things to see! If you'd like to see what we have in store, check out my blog post: Building better systems at ARM TechCon 2016, see you there!