Tracks & Areas of Interest
ARM® TechCon™ 2013 offers 13 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.
Accelerating Hardware Development
Shrinking design timelines and increasing mask costs are pressuring chip designers to turn out ever more complex devices rapidly with first-time success. This track explores the resources, tools, and techniques that designers can employ to achieve these goals. Topics include such things as multicore design, ARM IP, chip buses, analog integration, simulation, FPGA prototyping, design synthesis, debugging and certification.
Accelerating Software Development
Getting to market quickly with the right feature set and system performance is thus a prime concern for software developers. This track explores the tools and design approaches that can help development teams rapidly develop, debug, test, 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, debug tools, optimization and analysis tools, test tools and certification.
Accelerating System Hardware Development
System design requires trials and tweaking to settle on the right balance of features and function before committing to production, and software development needs a representative working platform available early in the design cycle. Working systems need to be in hand as quickly as possible. This track explores the tools and techniques for getting system hardware development rapidly launched and landed. Topics include single board computers (SBCs), development boards, RF modules, analog front ends, FPGAs, ESL tools, hardware simulation and novel techniques for rapidly assembling a functional design.
Applying New Technologies to New Opportunities
The application potential for ARM-based devices is continually expanding as new applications stimulate improvements in chip design. This track explores those new chip design technologies and new applications and their impact on one another. Topics include such things as 14nm and beyond, graphics and multimedia, servers and enterprise-class processing, gateways, high speed interfaces, ultra-low power, energy harvesting, machine vision, advanced networking, medical instrumentation, automotive systems and voice recognition, both as application opportunities and their implications for chip design.
Building a Foundation for 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 multi-core and redundant architectures, TrustZone® system security technology, trusted execution environments, encryption, tamper detection and hardware/software security partitioning, as well as the hardware elements for safety-related systems such as healthcare and vision processing in advanced driver assist in automobiles.
Creating the Next Gen Mobile Platform
Meeting consumer demands for functionality, battery life, and cost in the next generation of mobile device designs will involve a wide range of technologies and design techniques. This track explores the kinds of features and system requirements mobile devices will need to provide, and the techniques and resources needed to bring those designs to market. Topics include multicore design, multimedia and graphics, GPU computing, haptics, networking, security, high speed and wireless interfaces, GUI design and development, operating systems and power management.
Enhancing the User Experience
Consumers want continually increasing capability at all points along the price spectrum from their mobile devices, and the user interface is critical to providing both functionality and novelty. This track explores the tools and techniques for enhancing a consumer’s experience of your device, from high-end through resource constrained. Topics include touchscreens, haptics, multimedia, gesture recognition, GPU computing, accelerometers, sensor fusion, voice recognition, voice synthesis and GUI design and development tools.
Marrying Software and Hardware in Multicore Design
Multicore architectures hold great potential for high performance as well as system safety, but only if the application software can efficiently utilize the hardware resources. 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.
Maximizing Chip Energy 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 keep device power minimized 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.
Next-Generation Networking – Rise of Software Defined Networking
Enterprise- and service provider-level computing and communications need ever-greater performance and efficiency out of their networks, but of the many potential solutions that have arisen, which are real, which are hype, and which remain hopeful? This track explores advanced and high-performance networking architectures, approaches, and implementations, including such topics as software defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), high speed interfaces, wireless, security and carrier-class platforms.
Optimizing System Software Blocks
Application programs build on a foundation of system software blocks in the form of operating systems, graphical user interfaces, device drivers, protocol stacks, and the like. Optimizing the performance and resource requirements of these software blocks benefits application developers in many ways, including increasing end-system performance and minimizing memory demands. This track explores options in system software and the tools and techniques for optimizing that software. Topics include Android, Linux, OSes, RTOSes, GUI design, libraries, drivers, development tools, debugging tools, certification and software test tools.
Stacking Up for High Performance Design
Using multiple cores increases chip performance while keeping power bounded. This track explores multicore architecture and design, looking at criteria such as core selection and integration, clock and power management, and shared memory architectures as well as other approaches to increasing the processor resources available on chip in the light of their performance and power implications. Topics include such things as hardware accelerators, graphics processors, big.LITTLE™ processing, clocking and power management, high-speed interfaces and SoC design.
Taming the IoT Frontier
As many as 25 billion intelligent embedded devices will be network-connected to each other and end user by the end of the decade, bringing both opportunity and challenges. This track seeks to explore a wide range of techniques and technologies that will help system developers quickly stake their claim in the IoT frontier. Topics include RF modules, sensors, networking, gateways, WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, battery-powered design, energy harvesting, analog interfaces, cloud services, and security.
Areas of Interest
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Device power management, semiconductor processes, clocking and power management, big.LITTLE™ and other multicore architectures, sleep modes, smart peripherals, dynamic clocking, analog integration, RF integration.
Security innovation, including robust security based on TrustZone® technology, that simplifies the development of chipsets and devices with a hardware-backed Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) that protects data transmission and accurate reimbursement across platforms.
ARM provides processor cores for embedded microcontrollers from 50 cents to application processors to 2.5+ GHz, including any processor-based applications such as household appliances, HVAC systems, smart metering platforms, touch-screen controllers, sensors and motor control. ARM Cortex™-A series processors and ARM Cortex™-M series processors are solution-centric tools of this market.
Mobile & Consumer Electronics
Connected and untethered devices, including cellular phones and smart devices with utility beyond telephonics, that function via wireless-based devices and/or cellular connectivity.
Networking & Infrastructure
Applications as complete systems or subsystems that deliver networking connectivity and/or storage functionality, including home and business gateways, enterprise routers, Ethernet switches, wireless access points, base stations, multiservice provisioning platforms, hard disk drives, network attached storage and solid-state disks.
ARM provides a system-wide approach to security starting at the deepest hardware and software levels. This approach empowers service providers with a secure base for their high value services and offers easier and quicker development of platforms and devices with robust security.
Server & Enterprise Computing
Systems delivering networking connectivity and/or storage functionality. This includes home and business gateways, enterprise routers, Ethernet switches, wireless access points, base stations, multiservice provisioning platforms, hard disk drives, network attached storage and solid-state disks.
Whether you are developing software for microcontrollers with modest processing and memory capabilities; the next killer-app for smartphones; or enterprise server applications powering cloud services, having the right choice of ARM optimized tools and software components from proprietary and open-source communities is key to realizing the full potential of your designs. At ARM TechCon you’ll learn the best practices for developing, optimizing and securing your designs and while immersing yourself in the broadest software ecosystem on the planet. The ARM ecosystem delivers high-quality tools, robust firmware and OS components, and the optimized middleware and applications software needed to produce the next generation devices to delight consumers and enterprises alike.