Electronics & Computers

ARM and Nordic Semiconductor Partner

October 30, 2013

The two companies have agreed to incorporate Bluetooth Low Energy with the ARM mbed device development platform to enable the next generation of Internet-connected products.


SANTA CLARA, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- ARM, the "world's leading semiconductor IP company" and Nordic Semiconductor, an ultra-low power (ULP) radio frequency specialist, announced an agreement to incorporate Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) solutions with the ARM mbed IoT device development platform. This collaboration will enable developers to quickly and easily create new Bluetooth-connected devices and applications that leverage Nordic's system on chips (SoCs), which are based on the ARM Cortex-M processor series.

As ARM mbed helps the Internet of Things to become a reality, there is a significant opportunity for ULP Bluetooth chips that connect intelligent products with their owners' smartphones and tablets and can run for years on small batteries at cost-sensitive price points. This agreement will help to drive the innovation and deployment of BLE-enabled devices in key growth markets, including wearables, mobile accessories, fitness, toys, healthcare, and consumer electronics.

"There is an immense market opportunity to connect new generations of physical devices, such as toys and wearables, with mobile devices and shape the interactive user experience," commented Nick Hunn, Chief Technology Officer at WiFore. "A key piece of technology enabling this growth will be Bluetooth Low Energy. Nordic Semiconductor provides the right solutions to address these hardware needs, and with support from the ARM mbed platform and development ecosystem, they will open their technology up to a vast new developer audience who can realize the potential of this technology."

Having pioneered the ULP wireless sector in the 2000s, Nordic has developed ULP wireless chips that can run for years on batteries the size of watch batteries. These chips are already found in products such as wireless PC peripherals, gaming controllers, sports and fitness sensors, advanced multi-media controllers, and digital/satellite TV (set-top box) remote controls.

ARM mbed is a collaborative project providing hardware and software building blocks to developers for rapid development of ARM-based intelligent connected devices. This includes commercially friendly open-source code for microcontrollers, radios, peripherals, middleware, and cloud services. By supporting Nordic's ARM-based Bluetooth SoCs and extending the platform to support Bluetooth smart APIs, ARM mbed allows developers to rapidly create Bluetooth connected products, demonstrate proof-of-concept, and move quickly to high-volume production of devices.

"Nordic's ULP, wireless SoCs will help bring to life the next generation of Internet-connected devices. ARM wants to give developers broad access to solutions that fuel the innovation and exciting diversity of devices that will characterize the Internet of Things," said John Cornish, Executive Vice President and General Manager, System Design Division, ARM. "ARM will continue to work with its partners to ensure that the right ecosystem of tools and technology is in place for a diverse professional developer audience to create smart, connected products."

"The Internet of Things will be powered by small, ULP SoCs that need to be cost-effective for the consumer opportunities, and this agreement brings together two technology leaders to get these solutions into developers' hands more efficiently," said Svenn Tore Larsen, Chief Executive Officer, Nordic Semiconductor. "We are excited to be teaming with ARM to deliver important BLE solutions based on the industry-standard Cortex-M processor family through the mbed platform, so that developers can move quickly to innovate with this technology."

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About ARM
ARM designs the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking, and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security, and storage devices. ARM's comprehensive product offering includes RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals, and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support, and maintenance, and the company's broad partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies.

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About Nordic Semiconductor
Nordic Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in ULP, short-range wireless communication in the license-free 2.4 GHz and sub-1-GHz Industrial, Scientific, and Medical bands. Nordic is a Norwegian public company.

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