In a company blog, ARM’s wireless business general manager Paul Williamson describes these acquisitions as necessary (following the approval last summer of the NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT) low power wide area connectivity standard for IoT) for ARM to move quickly into the game and tie-in its other IoT-related offerings.
In the blog, Williamson reveals that as well as working on ARM Cordio-N solutions to help partners speed up the release of NB-IoT standard-compliant chips, ARM is now investing in radio design that will offer complete NB-IoT chip solutions from application software to antenna, cutting the complexity of adopting cellular IoT technology.
“Combining ARM NB-IoT IP with secure cloud connectivity will allow ARM’s chip partners to create industry-leading products that tie into an end-to-end security system” Williamson writes.
NB-IoT, 3GPP Release 13, was approved by the global telecoms standards body 3GPP in June 2016. It is designed to fit into narrow band 200 kHz deployment within the currently licensable spectrum. IHS markit forecasts that NB-IoT will grow from 1 million connections in 2017 to over 141 million connections by 2021, at a 240 percent compounded annual growth rate.
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