CHIPMAKER ARM has announced a new subsystem of its Cortex-M processor line specifically designed for the Internet of Things.
ARM IoT for ARM Cortex-M uses a specifically reserved set of IP addresses that allows manufacturers to create system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices including sensors and other IoT mainstays.
The resulting products should, it is hoped, have a power consumption of 1W, which the company points out can make a 60 percent improvement in battery life over 1.2W, and means that product life can be measured in years. The optimisation process is the TSMC 55ULP, first revealed by TSMC last September.
The resulting SoC uses the Open Innovation Platform to exploit a range of disposable IP addresses and provide communication systems that can offer anything from Flash NAND to Bluetooth to LTE. It's up to the licensee of the chip to find the best combination for their product.
None of this is going to reach the high street any time soon, but as use cases start to emerge, licences change hands and the manufacture kicks in, you can expect to see a lot more gadgets using this configuration.
"With industry expectations of hundreds of billions of new smart connected sensors by 2030, we see a growing demand for highly customised chips," said James McNiven, general manager for systems and software at ARM.
"Creating a highly tailored SoC is complex. The ARM IoT subsystem for Cortex-M enables companies to simplify the process and improve time to market. It enables our partners to focus finite design resources on the system functionality that differentiates them in their market."
The system is available for immediate licensing from today, with optimisation for the company's IBM-backed mbed OS and Corio Bluetooth Smart Radio. Other radios such as WiFi and 802.15.4 are available.
Inking a deal with TMSC couldn't come at a better time for the fabrication specialist after it was revealed recently that Qualcomm was planning to ditch it as a supplier. µ
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