ARM has decided to widen its domain to accelerate 'Internet of Things' besides tablets and phones. In order to be able to do this, it has acquired a Finnish company, Sensinode Oy, aiming to support 30 billion connected devices by 2020.
ARM, the British semiconductor firm has a slew of devices fitted with its components. Among these are the Surface 2 and Nokia’s Windows Tablet. Even iPhone handsets that are arriving soon will contain ARM-based electronics inside their exteriors. But this is just a starting point for ARM. Now the company is aiming to support as many as 30 billion connected devices by 2020.
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To do so, the ambitious company is buying out Sensinode Oy, which is a Finnish firm. This organization deals in the Internet of Things. ARM is all set to sell Sensinode’s NanoStack and NanoService products in tandem with its own gadgets. The amount of cash paid by ARM remained a trade secret. ARM’s plans to roll out new services and devices besides the usual ones were not novel. They had been in the making for some time now.
John Cornish, EVP and GM of System Design Division at ARM, said, “ARM is dedicated to enabling a standards-based Internet of Things where billions of devices of all types and capabilities are connected through interoperable Internet Protocols and Web Services. Sensinode is a pioneer in software for low cost low power internet connected devices and has been a key contributor to open standards for IoT. By making Sensinode expertise and technology accessible to the ARM Partnership and through the ARM mbed project we will enable rapid deployment of thousands of new and innovative IoT applications.”
The CEO of ARM, Warren East has also been supplanted by Simon Segars who is an engineer by profession. He will be taking the company for a ride. “Sensinode is a leader in the definition and implementation of new standards and products for connecting large numbers of low cost low power devices to the Internet. The ARM architecture together with Sensinode’s software technology covering 6LoWPAN, CoAP, and OMA Lightweight M2M with advanced security will provide a compelling solution for Internet of Things developers,” said Adam.
The number of devices the company could extend its reach to is variegated. Automobiles, microwave ovens, life-like robots and any appliance you could point your finger at are included in the list. The acquisition of the Finnish software company also spells out a change in protocol. The Internet of Things is where the information becomes an “outwards formation” and the insubstantial becomes substantial.