ARM backs creation of Internet of Things SIG

It has been an extremely busy week for ARM, which has already launched two new processor cores, the Cortex-A53 and the A57 in addition to announcing a partnership with not-for-profit organisation Linaro aimed a furthering server development.

Now, it has been revealed that the UK-based semiconductor designers will also join forces with Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Neul and CSR to launch a special interest group (SIG) to promote Weightless, an organisation that aims to promote the Internet of Things, and push its technology as a "wireless wide area global standard for machine to machine (M2M) short to mid-range communications."

In other words, the new SIG will aim to deliver a royalty-free open standard that will push the adoption of M2M technology on a global scale.

More tangibly still, the SIG's objective is the development of a chipset that costs $2 (£1.25) or less. It is also researching wireless networking with a range of up to 10km, as well as a battery with a lifespan of 10 years.

The group will also start to work on a common code of practice, attempting to get its members to agree on a set of shared standards, which will help in the accomplishment of the aforementioned goals.

Interestingly enough, both Weightless and Neul are based in Cambridge, which is also home to ARM's global headquarters. Both operate in a market said to be experiencing a massive growth, with up to 50 billion connected devices expected to be live by 2020.