ARM sets up shop in Taiwan

ARM will announce its first CPU Design Centre in Taiwan at Computex 2014.

The fabless chip designer, normally based in Blighty wants to set up a centre dedicated to the next generation of Cortex-M class cores for IoT and wearables. Arm will hire 40-50 individuals within the talent pool in 2014.

Word on the street is that ARM is planning a large press event which will be geared towards demand for ARM processors and the uses of Cortex-M within an ecosystem that counts sixteen billion processors shipped so far. The announcement of the Taiwan office is likely to come out of that event.

ARM is expected to be working with research institutes to grow and scale, with the aim to produce important engineers with experience in the field.

Taiwan is seen as a focal point of the industry with respect to the large number of ARM’s semiconductor partners in the region.

It is the fourth CPU design centre in the world and it looks like this will specialise in low end sensor based wearables, and the high power models requiring sensor calculation relating to features such as HUDs, particularly in the professional and medical markets.

ARM is developing MBED, a platform for embedded developers incorporating an OS and a system of tools to help bring ideas to fruition.

It looks like MBED will be open source, with libraries and web based tools allowing developers to mix and match microcontrollers, radios, sensors and software stacks.