ARM Develops Free OS for Internet of Things
The chip designer creates a software platform based on the mbed ecosystem to help accelerate the growth of the IoT.ARM, whose chip designs are found in a broad range of smartphones, tablets, embedded devices and now servers, is flexing its software muscles with a new platform and operating system for the Internet of things. The company is leveraging the work it has done over the past several years with the mbed hardware and software ecosystem to create the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform, which includes a free operating system for devices powered by systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) based on the vendor's Cortex-M design and the mbed Device Server to help connect the devices and send the data they generate to the cloud for analysis. ARM officials announced the platform Oct. 1, the first day of the company's three-day TechCon 2014 show in Santa Clara, Calif. It will help lay the necessary foundation to accelerate the creation and adoption of IoT devices and services, according to ARM CEO Simon Segars. "Deploying IoT-enabled products and services requires a diverse set of technologies and skills to be coordinated across an organization," he said in a statement. "ARM mbed will make this easier by offering the necessary building blocks to enable our expanding set of ecosystem partners to focus on the problems they need to solve to differentiate their products, instead of common infrastructure technologies. This will accelerate the growth and adoption of the IoT in all sectors of the global economy."
Almost two-dozen tech vendors and service providers—including IBM, Ericsson, Freescale, Marvell Technologies, Renesas, Telefonica and Silicon Labs—have signed on as partners; the new platform will be made available to partners in the fourth quarter and begin appearing in products in 2015.