SANTA CLARA, Calif.—After a record number of submissions and truly difficult decision-making process for the Technical Program Committee, the final papers selections for ARM TechCon 2016 are in.

ARM TechCon technical program

Nearly six dozen papers in nine categories (many of them new) have been selected to be presented to the engineers and developers attending the event, Oct. 25-27, here at the Santa Clara Convention Center. (Here’s the full schedule).

Before we get into some of the highlights, here are a couple of my favorite titles:

Hard Real-time Virtualization How Hard Can It Be? (ARM, Mentor Graphics)

How to Build Products that People Want (Renesas). Easier said than done, isn’t it?

Now, to the highlights.

Automotive, Industrial & Functional Safety

ARM’s Chris Turner offers a fascinating overview of SoC design in his presentation “Developing Safe and Secure SoCs for Automotive, Robotics and Healthcare.” Presentations from Mentor Graphics, LDRA, Green Hills Software, MathWorks and others round out an excellent track.

Contextual Processing

A new category for ARM TechCon 2016, Contextual Processing features four papers from Xilinx, Synopsys/Arteris/ARM, ARM, and is highlighted by Tirias Research’s “The Impact of Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and AI on Future Architectures and Applications.”

Embedded Software Development

A popular category for ARM TechCon, Embedded Software Development enjoys nearly a dozen papers this year, featuring the above-mentioned Hard Real-time Virtualization How Hard Can It Be? And IAR’s “Efficient Embedded Programming Techniques.”


Graphics, a hugely important area in premium mobile designs, takes a look at virtual reality (“The Impact of Daydream on the VR Industry,” video and imaging algorithm development (“Optimizing for Video and Image Processing Algorithms”) and other topics.

High-Efficiency Systems

Another addition to the ARM TechCon 2016 technical roster, high-efficiency systems, includes talks on “Measuring the Efficiency of Mobile Devices,” “Know Your Workloads: Design more efficient systems!,” among other fascinating papers.

Internet of Things

Judging by the number of accepted papers (16), IoT really IS a hot topic! Papers here include “Connecting the Hard Way: How to keep your IoT device connected when and where it should be,” “Internet of Things Device Management Security,” and “Cell Modem Communications for the Internet of Things.”

Networking, Infrastructure & Servers

The irrepressible Jon Masters of Red Hat is featured in this track with his presentation “Building a Full OPNFV Solution with RHEL on ARM Servers.”

Silicon Design

Another popular track, Silicon Design, features papers including “ARM-based SoC Cache Coherency Verification Using Portable Stimulus,” “Making the Move from 28nm to 16nm FinFET: Easy as POP!” and much more.

Trust & Security

Last but certainly not least, Trust & Security highlights possible to solutions to security challenges with papers including “Turing Tests in an IoT World,” “New ARM Technologies for a More Secure IoT,” among others.

If you haven’t registered, early bird registration rates are still available until Aug. 26.

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