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UNICEF and ARM Announces Multi-Year Partnership for Development of New Technologies with Frog
May 19 15
UNICEF and ARM have announced a multi-year partnership to accelerate the development of new technologies to overcome the barriers that prevent millions of families from accessing basic health, education and support services. The partnership's first action is to collaborate with frog on a "Wearables for Good' challenge to generate ideas for new and innovative devices that tackle maternal and child health needs in emerging economies. The partnership will focus on enabling UNICEF to provide faster and more comprehensive help to children coping with the effects of mass urbanization and increased social and economic divides. Together, UNICEF and ARM will use their influence to encourage the tech sector to innovate for impact. ARM will work alongside UNICEF's network of Innovation Labs and country offices to identify and scale up pilot projects that demonstrate the potential to be used at a national level. Over the next year, UNICEF and ARM will uncover the most impactful solutions being used or in trials across the UNICEF network and invest to deliver them wherever they are needed. Longer term, the UNICEF/ARM partnership will conduct research to evaluate and promote market opportunities in developing countries. With the findings, UNICEF and ARM will outline the business case for investing in solutions for mobile financial services, identity, transportation, learning and wearable/sensor technology. The joint goal is to build momentum for globally co-created and scalable technologies that attract commercial investment.
ARM and United Microelectronics Corporation Announce ARM® Artisan® physical IP Solution on 55nm
May 18 15
ARM and United Microelectronics Corporation announced the availability of a new ARM® Artisan® physical IP solution on 55nm to accelerate the development of ARM processor-based embedded systems and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. UMC’s 55nm ultra-low-power process (55ULP) technology is emerging as an ideal solution for energy-efficient IoT applications. The new physical IP offering will enable silicon design teams to speed up and simplify the bring-up of ARM-based SoC designs for IoT and other embedded applications.
For many energy-constrained applications, maximizing battery life is critical to a successful design. The
Artisan physical IP platform will enhance the ULP technology from UMC with the intent to maximize power
efficiency and reduce leakage. Features such as thick gate oxide support and long, multi-channel library
options give SoC designers multiple tools to help optimize IoT applications. The Artisan libraries will support: The 0.9v ultra-low voltage domain, thereby saving up to 44% dynamic power and 25% leakage power when compared to 1.2v domain operation; Multi-channel libraries with multiple Vts to offer SoC designers leakage and performance options. Long channel libraries can be used to further reduce leakage by up to 80 percent. The Power Management Kit (PMK) enables both active and leakage power mitigation; Innovative thick gate oxide library will offer dramatically reduced leakage (350x lower than regular standard cells) for always ON cells. The ability of this library to interface with higher voltages (including battery voltages used in IoT devices) can also offer the advantage of negating the need for a voltage regulator; High-density memory compilers offer multiple integrated power modes to save state while minimizing standby leakage. Utilizing these modes will allow SoC designers to realize up to 95% lower leakage when compared to regular standby.
ARM, Applied Micro and Netzyn Announce New Virtual Set-Top Box Reference Platform Utilizing Network Functions Virtualization
May 5 15
ARM, Applied Micro and Netzyn announced a new virtual set-top box (vSTB) reference platform which utilizes network functions virtualization (NFV). The new vSTB platform runs on cloud servers powered by Applied Micro’s X-Gene® Server on a Chip® solution, and offers the potential to reduce network operator CapEx and OpEx, as well as increase average revenue per user (ARPU). The upcoming demonstration at NFV World Congress is an expansion of Proof of Concept (PoC) #31 (STB Virtualization in Carrier Networks) as determined and accepted by the European Telecom Standards Institute’s (ETSI) NFV Industry Specification Group. Showcasing the flexibility of the ARM® ecosystem to run virtual network functions on a range of hardware platforms, the vSTB platform enables operators to: increase synergy between client and cloud hardware as most STBs and client software are already based on ARM technology. This enables seamless migration of existing applications such as electronic program guide and video streaming to cloud infrastructure. Tap into the vast ecosystem of Android™ games and content-based applications already optimized for ARM technology to enable compute-intensive 2D/3D apps to run seamlessly on to a centralized cloud infrastructure. Utilize cloud technology to rapidly pilot and deploy new functionality and services, opening up opportunities for operators to increase ARPU while reducing customer premises equipment (CPE) costs and maintenance. Simplify devices to 'dongle' or 'puck' form factors such as the CuBox which can eventually be integrated into TVs as an application, essentially eliminating the need for operators to own/manage any kind of STB. In addition to Applied Micro, the demonstration is also available on a mobile SoC microserver platform based on a Samsung Exynos 5422 SoC. Both demonstrations can be viewed at the ARM booth (#48).
ARM Holdings plc Reports Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2015; Provides Revenue Guidance for the Second Quarter of 2015; Provides Financial Guidance for the Year 2015
Apr 21 15
ARM Holdings plc reported unaudited consolidated earnings results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. For the quarter, on IFRS basis, the company reported revenues of £227.5 million compared to £186.7 million for the same period a year ago. Profit from operations was £101.5 million compared to £76.3 million last year. Profit before tax was £103.4 million compared to £78.0 million last year. Profit for the period was £85.0 million or 6.0 pence per basic and diluted share compared to £62.3 million or 4.4 pence per basic and diluted share last year. Diluted earnings per ADS were 26.7 cents against 22.0 cents for the same period in the last year. For the quarter, on normalized basis, the company reported revenues of £227.5 million compared to £186.7 million for the same period a year ago. Profit before tax was £120.5 million compared to £97.1 million last year. Earnings per share were 7.1 pence compared to 5.6 pence per share last year. Net cash generation was £68.5 million compared to £40.1 million last year. Net cash at March 31, 2015 was £921.8 million, compared to £861.7 million at December 31, 2014.
The company expects group revenues for the second quarter to be around $355 million.
The company expects full-year normalised effective tax rate in 2015 to be about 16% as it continue to benefit from the reduction in U.K. Corporation tax rates and the phased introduction of the Patent Box tax regime.
ARM Holdings plc, Q1 2015 Earnings Call, Apr 21, 2015
Apr 14 15
ARM Holdings plc, Q1 2015 Earnings Call, Apr 21, 2015