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ARM to open IoT design center in Taiwan

Iain Morris
June 5, 2014
UK semiconductor designer ARM has opened a new design center in Taiwan that will be dedicated to the Internet of Things and embedded device markets.

The center will be ARM’s (Cambridge, UK) first in Asia and will focus on designing, verifying and delivering the Cortex-M processor series targeted at the IoT, wearables and embedded applications markets, said the company in a statement.

“Close proximity to key semiconductor and ecosystem partners and high-caliber local engineering talent makes Taiwan an ideal location for us to expand our CPU [central processing unit] design activities,” said Simon Segars, chief executive officer of ARM. “The new design center will have a particular focus on the development of ARM Cortex-M processors which are the market-leading design choice for IoT products.”

“Establishing a new, world-class CPU design team in Taiwan will allow us to work even more closely with key regional partners seeking to accelerate this market,” he added.

Taiwanese authorities have welcomed the news that ARM is to set up a major center in the country.

“Taiwan’s semiconductor industry is playing a leading and strategic role in the global market,” said San-Cheng Chang, minister of science and technology for Taiwan. “The ministry has been working closely with Taiwan’s technology industry to foster incubation of advanced technologies and nurture growth of the talent pool and we are pleased to witness ARM establishing its first CPU design center in Taiwan, endorsing Taiwan’s strong talent and well-established industry chain.”

The new ARM center is slated to open at the end of the year and is expected to create additional microprocessor design opportunities for the region’s technical community, although ARM has not provided any indication of how many staff will be employed at the facility.
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