ARM intros internet of things module

ARM logoBritish chip company ARM said it has rolled out a hardware subsystem aimed at helping to quickly develop customised semiconductors for “smart” connected devices.

The internet of things (IoT) subsystem for ARM Cortex-M microprocessors is optimised to use with the company’s processor and radio technologies, physical intellectual property (IP) and ARM’s mbed operating system.

ARM said it will license the IP block individually and with the other elements will provide an IoT endpoint chip design, which its customers can use to integrate sensors and other peripherals to make complete systems on a chips (SOCs).

This may all sound like gobbledygook to the average Jane or Joe on the street, but there’s method behind ARM”s mad words.

The industry, said ARM general manager James McNiven, expects hundreds of billions of smart connected sensors by 2030. That gives ARM an opportunity to help companies simplify the design and marketing and bring products out quicker.

The subsystem has been developed in cooperation with the Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) – the world’s biggest semiconductor foundry. TSMC is providing 55 nanometre ultra low power tech with embedded flash memory – the whole bundle means that people will be able to make smaller, more power efficient and cheaper chips, operating at below one volt.