For most of its history, Arm has been known for the highly-efficient chips that helped drive the development and popularity of the smartphone and fuel the mobile device movement that steamrolled rival Intel.
While that maturing market is still important to the company, since its acquisition last year by Japanese IT giant SoftBank for $32 billion, Arm has begun to focus even more tightly on the burgeoning internet of things.
That focus is on display this week at the company’s TechCon 2017 show here. The arm has always had a natural role in IoT technology, with many of its low-power system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs finding their way into not only smartphones and tablets but also embedded systems. The company three years ago also launched its Mbed IoT platform and operating system for Internet-connected devices. It has since added the Mbed Cloud for improved device management and security.
At the TechCon show Oct. 24, Arm officials introduced a framework for developing secure connected devices that they hope the industry will adapt to help drive the scalability of the IoT.