ARM has launched at the TechCon event that kicks off in Santa Clara, CA today its own crop of online forums intended to let engineers collaborate and share ideas outside their own companies and includes dedicated centers for engineers in China and SoC implementors, as well as software-oriented areas.
The company is also trying to collect ideas from the community for the Internet of Things in a separate initiative built around a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. “Every idea suggested for a beneficial business-to-business or consumer IoT application or service will give you the chance to win a Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Gear,” the company says.
Tom Lantzsch, executive vice president of corporate development at ARM, said in his introductory keynote at TechCon: “To manage our relationship with our partners we felt we needed to advance the tools by which we did that. We made a major investment in our Connected Community portal. It will allow for the sharing of solutions and a way to engage with ARM directly as well as with partners.”
Ian Drew, chief marketing officer at ARM, said: “This interactive platform complements the existing ARM Connected Community program. It will provide easier access to the ARM ecosystem.”
In the first phase of the platform’s development, it focuses on the following areas: Android; general embedded; ARM Mali graphics; ARM Cortex processors from a software and hardware perspective; “smart and connected”, mostly aimed at mobile, computing, wearables and consumer electronics; SoC implementation; ARM and Keil tools; China, written primarily in simplified Chinese; news; and “find a partner”.
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