SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Successful technology will be invisible, ARM CEO Simon Segars said in his keynote address at ARM TechCon here. While the physical size of silicon is ever shrinking, connectivity, performance, and efficiency need to be even less visible to consumers.
ARM CEO Simon Segars speaks at ARM TechCon.
"We're going to see more and more connected devices with more and more powerful embedded processers within them, with really sophisticated software," he said. "We should take it upon ourselves to make sure that we continue to do a great job of hiding away the complexity, hiding these components and what they do… so we continue to get a great adoption rate."
Manufacturers must create abstractions, such as software-defined networks, to allow quicker development of hardware and services. Increased abstraction will reduce complexity and deliver more efficient systems, which will aid in the development of compelling consumer applications.
Segars said the approach will be increasingly important as the Internet of Things expands. He cited ARM's mbed platform as one of the ways the company is involved in integrated development. For its part, ARM announced new tools such as Power Grid Architect for easing the task of creating power grids on SoCs built with emerging 3D transistors called FinFETs.
In addition, ARM expanded its partnership with TSMC to include work on 10nm processes. Previous collaborations showed better-than-expected results on 16nm FinFETs using ARM Cortex-A53 and A57 cores as test vehicles.
A collaboration with Synopsys also has borne fruit, Segars said. ARM and Synopsys are creating advanced chips based on ARM V8 cores built using FinFETs.
"If we can optimize processes for our processors, everyone will get a better result," Segars said. "If we do that right, I think we're going to enable all sorts of new products. We've got some more work to do on all these technologies to get that experience right."
— Jessica Lipsky, Associate Editor, EETimes