ARM, Thundersoft head to China to launch Internet of Things accelerator

The companies hope to tap into the potential of the Chinese connected device industry and gain a firm IoT foothold in the country.


ARM and Thundersoft are joining forces to establish the ARM Innovation Ecosystem Accelerator in propelling the Chinese IoT industry forward.

In a press release on Monday, the companies said the ARM Innovation Ecosystem Accelerator will act as a "one-stop shop" for Chinese startups and manufacturers producing Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The accelerator will provide hardware, expertise and resources based on the ARM ecosystem for Chinese companies and OEMs looking to break into the industry or adopt ARM architecture in their products.

The collaboration between ARM and the smart device platform technology provider will see an office launched in Zhongguancun, Beijing, as the first of four planned in the country. The first location will offer an ARM mbed IoT Device Platform innovation lab and an ARM Cortex-based IoT system on chip (SoC) design lab alongside joint facilities provided by the companies and industry partners.

In addition, the accelerator will run workshops, training and design classes for mbed OS and Cortex processor-based products.

The Internet of Things (IoT) concept is focused on networked devices. Smart fridges, smart thermostats, networked home security systems or lighting controllable via your mobile device -- the potential of IoT is endless, and tech firms worldwide have been rapidly developing products in this new marketplace.

Allen Wu, president of Greater China at ARM, says "China is the largest IoT market in the world," and as such, there is vast potential for growth in the region -- as well as profit. Through the introduction of the open ARM Innovation Ecosystem Accelerator platform, the British semiconductor firm may be able to keep one step ahead in ferreting out innovative IoT firms and shaping the future of IoT in the country.

In addition, by providing integrated hardware which supports IoT devices, the company is promoting its own connected device-supporting hardware to potential future licensees, partners and buyers.

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Hongfei Zhao, chairman of Thundersoft commented:

"IoT is a new market full of opportunities in China, and most innovation will come from startups. The challenges that startups are facing include the lack of complete product experience, resources, and ecosystem support.

Our joint efforts with ARM can provide not only software and hardware components, but also system-level product development services and the support of the entire ARM ecosystem. We can address the pain points of IoT applications/services developed by startups and OEMs to save cost and time, and increase their chances of success in the market."

Last week, IBM and ARM revealed plans to integrate the IBM IoT Foundation platform with ARM technology, granting products powered by ARM mbed-enabled chips to automatically register with IBM's platform, which is used for IoT data analysis, event delivery and alerts.

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