ARM Cortex-M0+ announced, to power the Internet of Things

Posted by – March 13, 2012

Here’s the press release:

CAMBRIDGE, UK – March 13, 2012- ARM today announced the ARM® Cortex™-M0+ processor, the world’s most energy-efficient microprocessor. The Cortex-M0+ processor has been optimized to deliver ultra low-power, low-cost MCUs for intelligent sensors and smart control systems in a broad range of applications including home appliances, white goods, medical monitoring, metering, lighting and power and motor control devices.

The 32-bit Cortex-M0+ processor, the latest addition to the ARM Cortex processor family, consumes just 9µA/MHz on a low-cost 90nm LP process, around one third of the energy of any 8- or 16-bit processor available today, while delivering significantly higher performance.

This industry-leading combination of low power and high performance provides users of legacy 8- and 16-bit architectures with an ideal opportunity to migrate to 32-bit devices, thereby delivering increased intelligence to everyday devices, without sacrificing power consumption or area.

The Cortex-M0+ processor features enable the creation of smart, low-power, microcontrollers to provide efficient communication, management and maintenance across a multitude of wirelessly connected devices, a concept known as the ‘Internet of Things’.

This low power connectivity has the potential to enable a range of energy-saving and life-enhancing applications from sensors to wirelessly analyze the performance and control of domestic or industrial buildings, to battery-operated body sensors wirelessly connected to health monitoring equipment. Current 8-bit and 16-bit MCUs lack the intelligence and functionality to deliver these applications.

“The Internet of Things will change the world as we know it, improving energy efficiency, safety, and convenience,” said Tom R. Halfhill, a senior analyst with The Linley Group and senior editor of Microprocessor Report. “Ubiquitous network connectivity is useful for almost everything – from adaptive room lighting and online video gaming to smart sensors and motor control. But it requires extremely low-cost, low-power processors that still can deliver good performance. The ARM Cortex-M0+ processor brings 32-bit horsepower to flyweight chips, and it will be suitable for a broad range of industrial and consumer applications.”

The new processor builds on the successful low-power and silicon-proven Cortex-M0 processor which has been licensed more than 50 times by leading silicon vendors, and has been redesigned from the ground up to add a number of significant new features. These include single-cycle IO to speed access to GPIO and peripherals, improved debug and trace capability and a 2-stage pipeline to reduce the number of cycles per instruction (CPI) and improve Flash accesses, further reducing power consumption.

The Cortex-M0+ processor takes advantage of the same easy-to-use, C friendly programmer’s model, and is binary compatible with existing Cortex-M0 processor tools and RTOS. Along with all Cortex-M series processors it enjoys full support from the ARM Cortex-M ecosystem and software compatibility enables simple migration to the higher-performance Cortex-M3 and Cortex-M4 processors.

Early licensees of the Cortex-M0+ processor include Freescale and NXP Semiconductor.

“We’re excited to further strengthen our relationship with ARM as a lead partner in the definition, and first licensee of the smallest, lowest-power ARM Cortex-M series processor yet,” said Dr. Reza Kazerounian, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Automotive, Industrial & Multi-Market Solutions group. “The addition of products built on the Cortex M0+ processor will make our fast-growing Kinetis MCU line one of the industry’s most scalable portfolios based on the ARM Cortex architecture. With the ability to reuse code, higher performance and improved energy efficiency, the Cortex M0+ processor will enable designers to transition from legacy 8-bit and 16-bit proprietary architectures to our new Kinetis devices, without sacrificing cost and ease of use benefits.”

“NXP is the only MCU vendor to have adopted the complete ARM Cortex-M processor series, and we’re excited to be able to add the Cortex-M0+ processor to our portfolio,” said Alexander Everke, Executive Vice President and General Manager of High-Performance Mixed-Signal businesses, NXP Semiconductors. “We have already proven the success of our Cortex-M0 processor portfolio with over 70 part types shipping in high volume today, this new Cortex-M0+ processor further accelerates our momentum into the 8/16-bit market.”

“The Cortex-M0+ processor is yet another demonstration of ARM low power leadership and its commitment to drive the industry forward towards ever lower power consumption,” said Mike Inglis, EVP and GM, Processor Divison, ARM. “With our expertise in low-power technology, we have worked closely with our Partners on the definition of the new processor to ensure that it can enable the low-cost devices of today, while also unlocking the potential benefits delivered by the Internet of Things.”

Supporting ARM Technology
The Cortex-M0+ processor is ideally suited for implementation with the Artisan® 7-track SC7 Ultra High Density Standard Cell Library and Power Management Kit (PMK) to fully capitalize on the ground-breaking low power features of the processor.

The Cortex-M0+ processor is fully supported from launch by the ARM Keil™ Microcontroller Development Kit, which integrates the ARM compilation tools with the Keil µVision IDE and debugger. Widely acknowledged as the world’s most popular development environment for microcontrollers, MDK together with the ULINK family of debug adapters now supports the new trace features available in the Cortex-M0+ processor. By utilizing these tools, ARM Partners can take advantage of a tightly coupled application development environment to rapidly realize the performance and ultra low-power features of the Cortex-M0+ processor.

The processor is also supported by third-party tool and RTOS vendors including CodeSourcery, Code Red, Express Logic, IAR Systems, Mentor Graphics, Micrium and SEGGER.

I’m on the BBC (on YouTube)

Posted by – March 13, 2012

Rory Cellan-Jones from the BBC interviewed me at Mobile World Congress last week about my Motorola Kopin Golden-i Augmented Video-blogging system. By the end of the year, thanks to the fast moving world of Technology, we’ll all be walking around with compact wearable computers, augmenting our reality, it’s going to be awesome!

ZTE Tania and ZTE Orbit

Posted by – March 12, 2012

These are probably some of the cheapest Windows Phone devices to be released on the market. They are waiting for the Tango version of the Windows Phone software before releasing these.

Fujitsu Arrows Ultra Slim 6.7mm Waterproof Android phone

Posted by – March 12, 2012

Made with special materials, Fujitsu shows how the screen is unbreakable, unscratchable, the special casing makes it the worlds thinnest smartphone at only 6.7mm. Sorry about the bad sound quality, my microphone was nearly out of battery (I bought a new Sennheiser MKE400 for 199 Euro at Media Markt just in case my previous same microphone is somehow broken now after 3 years of use).

Nokia Asha 202 and Nokia Asha 203

Posted by – March 12, 2012

Nokia launches this new S60 dual-sim low cost S60 based phone. The price for this phone is around 60 euros before taxes (I guess that is the MSRP).

LePhone Z1 MT6573 4″ and 3.5″

Posted by – March 12, 2012

Blephone shows a 4″ capacitive MT6573 Android phone.

Shenzhen Victory Electronics ATVD-001, HDMI Stick on ARM Cortex-A9

Posted by – March 12, 2012

Shenzhen Victory Electronics shows their new HDMI Stick design (just a mockup for now?) with an ARM Cortex-A9 processor. The price is $50 per unit when bought in bulk of at least 1000. Please write in the comments if you know which processor they are using.

Yifang Smart Pen For iPad

Posted by – March 12, 2012

Yifang presents their latest Smart Pen for iPad. Docking it to the iPad connector and installing the specific application, users can then do handwritten scribbles on the iPad.

Megan and Camille’s technology show, showing Desktop Android features on the external monitor using MHL

Posted by – March 12, 2012

Here’s a video by two young MHL experts. 50 million MHL devices were shipped in 2011 according to Techcrunch.com. One of the most important improvements in Android that I am looking forward to is the increase of Desktop features on Android (also demonstrated in this video: Using a Mobile Device as a Desktop Computer and Part 2: Using an Android Device as a Desktop). The usability being improved when Android is being used on a Monitor or HDTV using the MHL output of some of the latest modern phones having the latest fastest Dual-core and Quad-core ARM Processors.

The point is that the latest smartphone processors with MHL output to a monitor or TV and a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse and some of the latest Android user interface features such as Chrome for Android on Ice Cream Sandwich should provide for as smooth a Desktop experience as using an Intel Atom netbook!

ZXD 5″ Smartphone MT6573 $120 (dual-sim, HSPA), MT6575 $130

Posted by – March 10, 2012

ZXD Technology Development Limited shows really low cost 5″ 800×480 capacitive smartphone based on the Mediatek MT6573 (ARM11 650Mhz HSDPA Dual-sim) for $120 in 5.0″ and $110 for 4.3″ 800×480. The upcoming MediaTek MT6575 ARM Cortex-A9 Single-core based Smartphone (1Ghz HSDPA Dual-sim) is going to cost only $10 more on each! Consider the $120, $110 prices are for orders of 1000 units at the minimum. ZXD says they do their own manufacturing in Shenzhen China.

The point here is that you get a Galaxy Note like experience at 5″ for $120 (ARM11) $130 (Single-core ARM Cortex-A9), Galaxy S2 like experience at 4.3″ $110 (ARM11), $120 (Single-core ARM Cortex-A9), all Dual-sim, the capacitive screens seem fine! ZXD also does cheaper Android phones with smaller screens all the way down to $50 for bulk orders!

Check back for much more on the latest Cheap/Affordable crazy good sub-$150 (bulk price) value Android smartphones that I am going to film here on ARMdevices.net over the next weeks and months!