ARM Ltd is a world-renowned semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) company with around 3000 employees. It is a European company headquartered in Cambridge (UK), so the majority of engineering R&D is located in Europe. The most visible ARM product is the 32-bit RISC processor family, which is the architecture of choice for more than 80% high-performance embedded products and more than 90% mobile phones. It has around 25 years of experience in designing processor, system and software IP. ARM has pioneered the concept of openly licensable IP for the development of microprocessor-based SoCs in the early 1990s, changing the dynamics of the semiconductor industry forever. By licensing, rather than manufacturing and selling its chip technology, ARM established a new business model. Namely, ARM licenses its IP (e.g. single and multi-core CPUs, AMBA coherent buses, cache, DMA and memory controllers) to a set of partners that use them to create and manufacture microprocessors, peripherals and SoC solutions. Today, there are more than 1000 partners in the ARM eco-system which play a pivotal role in the widespread adoption of the ARM architecture.
ARM-powered systems are pervasive in current electronic products, including automotive, consumer entertainment, imaging, microcontrollers, networking, storage, automotive, medical, security, wireless, smartphones, tablet computers and servers. To date, ARM partners have shipped more than 50 billion ARM microprocessors. Most recently, ARM has announced its 64-bit architecture, and two new 64-bit CPU IPs for its partners. With the growing 64-bit architecture hardware and software eco-system, ARM expects to penetrate into new markets such as enterprise servers and high- performance computing systems, which have not been part of its traditional target market segments.
ARM R&D in Cambridge (UK) will participate in the project. ARM R&D, particularly the silicon-focus group, has an impressive track record on research pertaining to variation tolerance. The first timing-error resilient chip, based on an industrial ISA was designed and measured in ARM R&D. The group has subsequently focused heavily on high-frequency measurement of voltage noise and on circuits-and-systems for the Internet of Things. ARM R&D has a strong track record of European and international collaborative projects. At the European level, ARM R&D participated in European Commission FP6 and FP7 collaborative projects such as Hipeac, SARC, Mont- Blanc, EuroCloud and Median (Manufacturable and Dependable Multicore Architectures at Nanoscale). Finally, the extensive track record of publications and patents of ARM R&D includes over 150 research papers in peer reviewed international workshops, conferences and journals, and 250 US/EU/Worldwide patents in the last 10 years.