ARM announces Taiwanese Cortex-M design centre
June 2, 2014 // 9:30 a.m.
Cambridge-based low-power processor giant ARM has announced the establishment of its first Asian CPU design centre, located in Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan.
The facility, the company claims, will focus on the design, verification and delivery of the company's ultra-low-power ARM Cortex-M family of processors. Unlike its mainstream products, which are relatively high performance parts aimed primarily at the smartphone and tablet markets, the Cortex-M family trades performance for low-power operation and is the major focus of the company's efforts to establish the ARM architecture as the embedded platform of choice for the Internet of Things (IoT).
'Close proximity to key semiconductor and ecosystem partners and high-calibre local engineering talent makes Taiwan an ideal location for us to expand our CPU design activities,' claimed Simon Segars, chief executive officer of ARM, of the move. 'The new design centre will have a particular focus on the development of ARM Cortex-M processors which are the market-leading design choice for IoT products. Establishing a new, world-class CPU design team in Taiwan will allow us to work even more closely with key regional partners seeking to accelerate this market.'
Due to open at the end of the year, the facility is being supported by the Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA.) 'The Ministry has been working closely with Taiwan’s technology industry to foster incubation of advanced technologies and nurture growth of the talent pool and we are pleased to witness ARM establishing its first CPU design centre in Taiwan,' boasted minister of science and technology San-Cheng Chang at the announcement, 'endorsing Taiwan’s strong talent and well-established industry chain.'
The announcement comes as rival Intel opens its own Internet of Things-focused facilities in the area, telegraphing the interconnected devices market as the next big area of competition between the two companies and their polarised approaches to microarchitecture design.