Peter Clarke, EETimes
11/12/2012 4:17 AM EST
"The Internet of Things for us is about the sale of microcontrollers. We think it is likely to follow a similar path to mobile phones," said Warren East, CEO of processor intellectual property licensor ARM, in an interview with EE Times conducted at the ARM TechCon exhibition and conference.
East explained that the first microprocessors in cell phones were 32-bit devices that were required to spend most their time running the cellular communications protocol. The processor clock cycles that became available when the phone was not being used for a call were put to uses running early games on tiny displays. Now we are used to multiple processor cores on an SOC, and multiple processor chips in a mobile phone; a modem chip, an application processor, a connectivity chip.
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