The Arm Ecosystem: More than Just an Ecosystem, it’s Oxygen for SoC Design Teams

April 10, 2019

By Rhonda Dirvin, senior director, Automotive and IoT Business, Arm

If you are familiar with Arm, you have likely read or heard the term "Arm Ecosystem" at some point. You would be hard-pressed to find any Arm collateral, whether it’s a blog like this one, a press release, web page or white paper, that doesn’t refer to the Arm Ecosystem. And why shouldn’t we? No other business ecosystem comes close to this group of silicon, system and software companies responsible for shipping more than 130 billion Arm-based chips to-date. 

And while I was reading the first sentence in a recently published white paper by The Linley Group stating, "Having shipped in more than 130 billion chips, the Arm architecture has become as familiar as breathing to many SoC designers," it struck me that the Arm Ecosystem is more than just the world’s largest compute ecosystem. It is shared oxygen for SoC designers. 

I became more convinced of this after reading the entire whitepaper, titled "Arm Ecosystem Reduces SoC Design Cost and Time to Market." The paper looks at the near-immeasurable value the Arm Ecosystem provides SoC design teams throughout key points of the design cycle including verification and physical design. 

The paper also details the role of the ecosystem in creating standards in support of chip-level security and functional safety. And perhaps most important, it discusses the software and tools investments made by Arm and its ecosystem to ensure compatibility across both the Arm ISA and processor implementations, helping the entire ecosystem avoid having to use the dreaded f-word: Fragmentation. 


Take a few minutes to go to
The Linley Group site and read the paper. Especially if you’re planning new embedded or deeply embedded silicon projects where SoC averaging selling prices can often be in cents, not dollars. After reading it you will have a better understanding of how the shared oxygen of the Arm Ecosystems can help in balancing innovation with maximizing TCO and margins. 

Earlier I mentioned the "near-immeasurable value" the Arm Ecosystem provides SoC design teams. That may have been a bit too strong as we were recently able to gather data from both our ecosystem and third-party research that quantifies the estimated SoC design costs with and without the support of the Arm ecosystem. I’ll close by letting the numbers speak themselves.

About Arm

Arm technology is at the heart of a computing and connectivity revolution that is transforming the way people live and businesses operate. Our advanced, energy-efficient processor designs have enabled intelligent computing in more than 150 billion chips and our technologies now securely power products from the sensor to the smartphone and the supercomputer. In combination with our IoT device, connectivity and data management platform, we are also enabling customers with powerful and actionable business insights that are generating new value from their connected devices and data. Together with 1,000+ technology partners we are at the forefront of designing, securing and managing all areas of compute from the chip to the cloud.

All information is provided "as is" and without warranty or representation. This document may be shared freely, attributed and unmodified. Arm is a registered trademark of Arm Limited (or its subsidiaries). All brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. © 1995-2019 Arm Group.