Chip licensing colossus ARM Holdings has purchased Finnish software company Sensinode, which builds protocols for the ‘internet of things,’ for an undisclosed sum. The move signals as desire by the chip-maker to diversify beyond the smartphones and tablets, with which its chips are synonymous.
Not down with the tech lingo? The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ability of objects to automatically transfer data over a network without requiring human interaction. A world where our washing machines, cars and microwaves etc. are all connected and communicating with each other isn’t too far away.
IoT diagram from Sensinode
‘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,’ said John Cornish, executive vice president and general manager, System Design Division, ARM.
ARM has been transparent about its desire to be at the heart of all connected devices. This has been accelerated by newbie chief executive Simon Segars, a former ARM engineer, who has put emphasis on working out how the company can grow beyond its current offering.
‘We take a very long-term view about our business, and we believe that now is the right time to bring in new leadership, to execute on the next phase of growth and to plan even further into the future,’ said long serving chief executive Warren East, when he stepped down last year.
The inclusion of IoT technology into the companies skill set will help ARM to move into a whole range of other products. IoT tech is used in such things as wireless sensors, smart connected appliances and wearable electronics. Watch out Google Glass.
IMS Research said last October that the Internet of Things will see 28 billion internet-connected devices by the end of 2020. That’s a whole lot of devices for ARM to get its technology into.