Tracks & Areas of Interest

Tracks & Market Applications

ARM® TechCon™ 2014 offers 11 tracks composed of technical sessions, real-world case studies and hands-on demonstrations that cover the trending design strategies, methodologies and tools you need to build ARM®-based products and apply ARM in embedded systems.

In addition, conference content is segmented into 5 “Areas of Interest” that cut across the tracks.


ARM TechCon Tracks

Chip Implementation

The demands of today’s high-performance, low-power computing requires keeping skills honed in all facets of chip implementation. In this track, we’ll explore new ideas in chip architecture selection, IP integration, system analysis, front-end design, and back-end implementation and manufacturing.


With any software development process, quality outcomes are key, and that’s never more critical than in the ARM ecosystem. In this track, you’ll get hands-on access to the latest debugging tools and techniques for optimizing the your designs throughout the development process. We’ll cover how virtual interfaces connect software debuggers to hardware assisted verification systems, and how you can improve software development prior to silicon availability by debugging, analyzing, and optimizing applications throughout the development cycle.


An increasingly mobile workforce and demands for high-quality experiences from consumer applications means you need to continually deliver excellence in graphics performance. In this track, we’ll address how to deliver high performance, industry-leading power efficiency, and reduced system cost for secure graphics and video for a wide range of smartphones, tablets, and SmartTVs. Topics include mid-range and high-end graphics performance, Mali video capabilities, and display quality.

Heterogeneous Computing

Multicore architectures hold great potential for high performance, but only if the application software can efficiently utilize the multiple processor types. This track explores the interaction between hardware design and software structure as well as the techniques for ensuring an optimal working relationship between the two. Topics include big.LITTLE™ processing, graphics processing, redundant computing, distributed computing operating systems, software partitioning, multi-core debugging and software optimization.

New Frontiers

The application potential for ARM-based devices is continually expanding as new applications stimulate improvements in chip design. This track explores those new chip designs and new applications and their impact on one another. Topics include application opportunities and their implications on chip design for such advancements as 14nm node and beyond, high-resolution graphics and multimedia, servers and enterprise-class processing, high-speed gateways and interfaces, ultra-low power, energy harvesting, machine vision, advanced networking, medical instrumentation, automotive systems and voice recognition.

Power Efficiency

From energy-harvesting systems to server farms, processor power consumption is of ever-increasing importance. This track explores the processes, structures, and approaches that will help minimize device power without sacrificing performance. Topics include semiconductor processes, clocking and power management, big.LITTLE and other multicore architectures, sleep modes, smart peripherals, dynamic clocking, analog integration, RF integration and other design techniques for reducing device power requirements.

Safety and Security

With increased intelligence and connectivity come risks for system mishaps and malicious interference, and the most effective ways of mitigating those risks depend on chip-level support. This track explores the chip-level and software foundations for system safety and security, including such things as multicore and redundant architectures, TrustZone system security technology, trusted execution environments, encryption, tamper detection and hardware/software security partitioning, new ideas for automotive safety, as well as the hardware elements for safety-related systems.

Software Development and Optimization

Getting to market quickly with the right feature set and system performance is priority one for software developers. This track explores the tools, design approaches, and optimization techniques that can help development teams rapidly develop and certify their application software to deliver feature-rich and bug-free code along with their new hardware products. Topics include open-source software, RTOSes, Android, Java, libraries, CMSIS, software development tools, development boards, hardware simulation, optimization and analysis tools, test tools, certification, and development on mbed boards.

Software Optimization for Infrastructure and Cloud

Open source software and software standards consortiums like OpenStack, OpenDayLight, OpenFlow, and OpenDaylight are having an increased influence over the shifting landscape for infrastructure and cloud optimization. In this track, we’ll explore the concepts and technologies that are shaping how advanced software techniques for ARM platforms are changing the dynamics of the IT infrastructure, including advancements in software-defined networking and network-function virtualization; application and services enablement frameworks; Big Data analytics, and software and firmware standards related to platform standards like SBSA.

System Design

Excellence in system design is one of the top priorities for partners in the ARM ecosystem. Sessions in this track will provide new insight into system IP and design tools that provide the components and the methodology for designers to build optimized processors that maximize efficiency of data movement and storage and deliver the specified performance at the lowest power and cost. You’ll gain ideas for configuring, generating and stitching RTL, and for selecting, configuring and generating instances of Systems IP, including for integration into third-party design flows.


Software quality matters more than ever in processor-level design, whether it’s prior to silicon delivery or later, and verification throughout the process is key. In this track, we’ll explore ways to improve your verification methodologies to ensure new product components have been successfully integrated and produce the preferred user experience. Topics include testing and validating product IP and software; standard benchmark tests; virtual platforms for accelerated software development; simulation environments for microcontrollers; and performance verification and exploration.

Areas of Interest

View content that aligns with your interest(s).

Processor cores for embedded microcontrollers from ultra low-cost to application processors to 2.5+ GHz chips, including any processor-based applications such as household appliances, HVAC systems, smart metering platforms, touch-screen controllers, sensors, and motor control, including ARM Cortex-A, Cortex-R, and Cortex-M series and Mali processors.

Enterprise/Networking and Cloud Infrastructure
Applications as complete systems or subsystems that offer higher performance, multi-core capable processor cores and optimized, performance-enhancing Logic IP. Cloud and infrastructure issues, including software-defined networking (SDN), network-functions virtualization NFV), and Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN). These platforms combine networking, processing and (potentially) storage functionality, including home and business gateways, enterprise routers, Ethernet switches, wireless access points, base stations and network-attached storage.

IoT (M2M)
Embedded smart sensors, devices, and wired or wireless networks that autonomously sense their environment, enabling physical-to-digital communication, measurement, and control from anywhere in the world through Internet-based services and cloud-based applications.

icon_mobileConnected and untethered devices — including cellular phones and smart devices with utility beyond telephonics — that function via wireless-based devices and/or cellular connectivity. Mobile-specific approaches to multicore design, multimedia and graphics, GPU computing, haptics, networking, security, high speed and wireless interfaces, GUI design and development, operating systems and power management.

Wearable (Sensors)
  Clothing and accessories incorporating computer and advanced electronic technologies or sensors for addressing consumer, business, scientific, or educational functions.