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ARM chooses Freescale TCP/IP software for mbed OS

16 Sep 2015  | Vivek Nanda

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The OS supports several connectivity standards for pushing data up to the cloud, including Bluetooth Low Energy, Thread, which is a wireless networking protocol for low-power devices in the home and 6LoWPAN, which allows you to create a mesh network over longer distances.

In mbed, ARM sees an opportunity to expand its ecosystem with an open source embedded operating system designed specifically for the IoT. ARM says mbed is "cost-free," but remember that the basic hardware that plays nice is a development board that includes an ARM microcontroller. Since ARM's cores are used widely, this should retain a fair amount of choice in hardware while addressing the interoperability issues that plague IoT.

To develop its ecosystem, ARM has been collaborating with OEMs, silicon manufacturers, and infrastructure and cloud players to develop the OS. More recently, they worked with the BBC and its partners to build and test the early prototypes of the BBC "micro:bit" hardware.

mbed ecosystem

Figure 2: ARM claims the mbed IoT Device Platform will help quickly create commercial connected IoT devices based on ARM microcontrollers. A key selling point is interoperability between nodes and cloud services across market segments.

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