ARM TechCon 2014 Selects Best-in-Show Winners in Five Categories
(Santa Clara, Calif., October 1, 2014) Judges at the 10th annual ARM TechCon conference announced this year’s winners of the Best in Show awards. These awards, which are given in five different categories, celebrate excellence in design, innovation, and utility among ARM-based technologies and represent the best of all the outstanding products on display at ARM TechCon this week.
This year there were five categories in the ARM TechCon Best in Show program: Best Software Product, Best Hardware Product, Best IoT Product, Editors Choice Award, and Best in Show. For each category, the candidates were judged on such characteristics as exceptional innovation on the ARM architecture with features that help advance user productivity or product functionality; exceptional innovation in such factors as ease-of-use, environmental efficiencies, cost-savings, etc.; and stand-out implementation, such as fun, entertaining, or lifestyle-improvement characteristics, or major business-impacting opportunity.
Brian Gillooly, VP and Editor-in-Chief for Event Content and Strategy at UBM Tech, the producers of ARM TechCon, said, “The Best in Show awards at ARM TechCon celebrate the highest level of innovation and quality among products that support the ARM ecosystem. As seems to be the case every year, the judges had a difficult time singling out the best examples among an extremely qualified group of candidates.”
In the category of Best Software Product the winner was NFV Software for AMD by the partnership of AMD and Aricent. This product demonstrates a scalable, virtual Evolved Packet Core application set of use cases, which is the industry’s first Proof of Concept submitted to the ESI NFV ISG based upon an ARMv8 SoC. This proof of concept leverages Aricent’s commercial-grade virtual EPC applications, using MME, HSS, SGW and PGW functions as well as popular open source networking platform components. It demonstrates a compelling ARM value proposition, operating efficiently in the emerging NFV standard paradigm.
In the category of Best Hardware Product, the judges chose the STM32 F7 Series from ST, the first ARM Cortex M-7-based 32-bit MCU. This Cortex-M7 processor allows creation of more responsive, innovative applications, running on either on-chip or off-chip memories and provides high-speed data transfer without loading the CPU.
In the category of Best IoT Product, the winner was the mbed IoT Device Platform from wot.io, a company that just recently launched. This data service exchange for connected device platforms provides native ARM mbed support across a range of architectures. In the complex IoT world, this exchange simplifies the deployment of IoT products and seamlessly integrates with the mbed ecosystem to share large volumes of data to and from other internal or commercial platforms in order to better monetize IoT data.
For Editors Choice, the editors of UBM, representing such brands as EE Times, Electronic Buyers News, IoT World, InformationWeek, and Dr. Dobb’s, selected ThunderX from Cavium, an innovative 48-core architecture for converged infrastructures, demonstrating an outstanding marriage of hardware and software innovation.
And finally, in the category of Best in Show, the judges singled out a primary example of 64-bit ARM technology offering high performance at low power. The winner for Best in Show of ARM TechCon 2014 was the XGene-2 platform from Applied Micro.