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More on ARM and the Internet of Things

In September, I had a post on ARM and the Internet of Things (IoT). We’re interested in ARM, of course, because we have a number of ARM-based SOMs – the MitySOM-5CSx, the MitySOM-335x, and the MityDSP-L138 – and because, over time, I believe that the IoT will become synonymous with computing, and we’ll no longer talk about IoT at all!

We didn’t attend last week’s ARM TechCon, so I didn’t get to hear Mike Muller, ARM’s CTO give his keynote. One of his focuses was on the security issue, which has been an ongoing issue for IoT  apps – especially the consumer-oriented ones that have been leaving people’s homes and wallets vulnerable.

At the conference, ARM:

“… announced a Web service that uses a smartphone to authenticate and provision a consumer IoT device securely. Next year, ARM plans to add more Web services for provisioning and managing IoT devices.

One goal of the new services is “to make IoT look like the mobile Web not embedded control” for millions of app developers because “they are the people who will drive most of the innovation in the future,” Muller said.

Last year, ARM launched Mbed, its own operating system for IoT nodes. “We see a huge hole in the ecosystem of [OSes] working with all the standards and security — it’s a multiyear effort so these devices get easy to build,” said Christian Flautner, manager of ARM’s IoT initiative in a press Q&A after the keynote.” (Source: EE Times)

We’re not on the consumer-based end of the app spectrum, but no one’s going to argue that better IoT security isn’t going to be a good thing.

Muller had other things to say, including some discussion of ARM-based servers. ARM believes that, by 2020, they’ll have 25% of the server processor market, as well as 45% of the processors embedded in communications gear by that date. This latter dovetails with the growing interest we’re seeing in ARM processors from our clients. We still have customers using DSP, but the future looks more ARM-based.