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Computing for the connected world at the ARM Research Summit 2017

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What we do


ARM is the world’s leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier. The technology we design is at the heart of a vast number of electronic products. In the 12 months to June 2016, ARM's customers shipped 15 Billion processors - more than 2 processors for every human being on the planet in just one year. ARM employs engineers to develop advanced compute IP - CPUs, GPUs, and ISPs - and their related system IP, physical IP, tools and software that are widely licensed to the semiconductor industry, especially to companies developing chips for consumer electronics and enterprise equipment.

 

 
Ideas


Ideas
ARM Research looks beyond today’s products to identify problems and solutions for the products and experiences of the future.

Research


Research
The path from idea to end product is often long. In ARM Research we work on the most advanced technology in our field, many years ahead of deployment.

Partnership


Partnership
ARM Research works in collaboration with academic and industrial partners to explore the latest and most exciting areas of technology affecting our industry.

Impact


Impact
The technology we design is at the heart of a vast number of electronic products and in the last 12 months our partners have shipped over 15 Billion processors.

Education


Education
Through our University Program we are helping to educate future generations of computer scientists, electrical engineers and software designers.
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Due to ARM’s unique business model, the path from idea to end product is a long one – often 10 years in the making. This means we work on the most advanced technology in our field, many years ahead of deployment.

ARM Research looks beyond today’s products to identify problems and opportunities in order to generate better experiences for people in the future. Through a combination of in-house research and collaboration with academic and industrial partners, we explore the latest and greatest technology developments affecting our industry. We develop and validate the most promising ideas into technology that is transferred into ARM’s product engineering teams or released to the wider ARM ecosystem.

 

Architecture

Architecture
Computer architecture – the interface between hardware and software – is central to what ARM does. Our architecture research seeks to understand how computer architecture needs to change and adapt to both the constraints of the microarchitecture and the requirements of emerging workloads. We explore novel architecture and microarchitecture techniques that improve the performance, scalability, security and the safety of software running on ARM compute IP. We are especially interested in the trade-off between specialisation and generalisation, successful exploitation of parallelism and the adoption of ground-up security in the era of Dark Silicon and post-Moore's Law.

 


 

Design Methodology
Modern cores and systems are extremely complex, and with complexity comes the need for more sophisticated design and validation methodology. Our design methodology research looks to improve all aspects of design and implementation. We aim to ensure a rigorous and scientific approach to engineering through the use of analytic and formal approaches. From ensuring correct unambiguous specification to delivering the latest innovations in design and verification practice, our aim is to deliver step changes in engineering productivity and quality.

Design Methodology

 


 

IoT and Energy Constrained Systems

IoT and Energy Constrained Systems
Pervasive computing is changing our lives by embedding computing into everyday objects, often without reliable power delivery. Our energy constrained research investigates systems operating with scarce resources, including coin-cell and energy harvesting IoT nodes. We explore the trade-off between performance and energy with near-threshold designs while seeking to improve the efficiency of energy harvesters and voltage regulators.

 


 

Software and Applications
Users ultimately interact with our compute IP through the software and applications that runs on it. Our software and applications research evaluates emerging applications and algorithms in domains ranging from the smallest IoT nodes to the largest supercomputers. Through analysis of workloads, we gain insights that lead to innovative new system and core architecture and optimized software stacks. Our research further explores new approaches to software implementations that exploit cutting-edge innovation in compute, memory and system architecture.

Software and Applications

 


 

Systems and Memory

Systems and Memory
Systems and memory architecture is fundamental for class-leading performance and energy efficiency. Our research involves analysis of real world applications run on prototype hardware as well as full system simulation, focusing on workload characterization, design space exploration, and software co-design. We have specific focus on server and high-performance systems, investigating how our compute IP can be efficiently composed, in order to meet the extreme memory and communication requirements present in these domains. We span chip- to data-centre-scale systems, and research future memory technologies that are a key enabler for future compute.

 


 

Materials, Devices and Circuits
The mass production and miniaturisation of semiconductor devices is the foundation of the electronics industry. Our materials, devices and circuits research focuses on the intersection between traditional ARM IP and the manufacturing processes used to turn designs into actual chips. Our research into future device technology investigates future transistor scaling, post-CMOS devices, emerging memories and multichip integration. We also investigate circuit solutions for novel applications, resilient and secure computing.

Materials, Devices and Circuits


Our research locations



Cambridge, UK

Global Headquarters for ARM is located in Cambridge, England. Approximately 1200 employees working in all divisions of ARM call the campus and adjacent buildings home.

ARM Ltd.
CPC1, Capital Park
Cambridge Road
Fulbourn
Cambridgeshire,
CB21 5XE
United Kingdom

San Jose, CA

Situated in California's Silicon Valley, San Jose serves as ARM's North American headquarters. Approximately 350 employees serving across all divisions of ARM are at work in this city south of San Francisco.

ARM Inc.
150 Rose Orchard Way
San Jose
CA 95134-1358
USA

Austin, TX

Austin is the fastest growing city in the United States and home to 550 ARM employees. The University of Texas at Austin is one of the world's leading research universities with an internationally distinguished faculty that includes Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, and National Medal of Science winners. Austin is also the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World and has world-class local cuisine and other cultural opportunities.

ARM Inc.
Encino Trace, 5707 Southwest Parkway
Building 1, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78735
USA

Boston, MA

Considered a cradle of the American Revolution, this historic seaport city is a city with a fervent sports scene and is also home to numerous prestigious institutions of higher learning including Harvard and MIT. The Boston office houses the ARM Cycle Model team and is home to multiple engineering groups along with sales and marketing personnel.

ARM Inc.
125 Nagog Park
Acton, MA 01720
USA