ARM spearheads Internet of Things standard

Chip designer ARM has given its support to a Special Interest Group (SIG) with the aim of accelarating adoption for the open standards internet of things organisation Weightless.

Along with CSR, Neul, and Cable & Wireless Worldwide, ARM signed the SIG Promoter Agreement which provides some details on how the group plans to back Weightless’ mission for a new open standard, planned to be completed at the start of next year.

Weightless is a white space machine-to-machine (M2M) standards body based in Cambridge. It hopes to bring the industry together to push development for a new communication standard, also called Weightless, for M2M communications in white space, and is in the process of signing up members.

According to ARM, the SIG is a significant milestone in building a standard for M2M and the internet of things. It wants to be meet the demands of embedded intelligence everywhere, which it argues will create efficiencies by giving the world access to data along with the tools to use that data and act on it in a managed way.

As part of the plans, the group hopes to agree on a common set of standards including a chipset that costs under $2 with a range of up to 10km and a battery life of 10 years.

ARM CTO Mike Muller promoted his company’s designs as well positioned to bring about the technological changes necessary for the internet of things. “As data levels soar across the world, new ways need to be found to ensure wireless communication can be seamless,” Muller said. He finished by saying that with common standards, all will benefit from M2M, so ARM is excited about the potential of the standard.