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SoftBank Predicts Big Things for ARM’s Internet of Things Business

By Reuters

SoftBank’s semiconductor subsidiary ARM will deliver about a trillion chips designed for the so-called Internet of things (IoT) over the next 20 years, the chairman and CEO of the Japanese company said on Monday.

Speaking at the Mobile World Congress, the industry’s largest annual trade show, SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son said the number of “brain cells” in chips would surpass the number of human brain neurons in 2018, opening up a huge opportunity for smart and connected objects.

“This is why I spent $32 billion to acquire ARM,” Son said, explaining his 30-year-vision of a world where the artificial computer brain will have 10,000 intelligence quotient (IQ) capabilities compared with 100 for the average human.

The Internet of things is a term used to describe a network of devices other than computers and smartphones that are connected to the Internet and can collect and exchange data, such as for controlling heating at home.

Jennifer Belissent, an analyst at Forrester Research who attended Son’s keynote speech, said the numbers he mentioned were very dramatic.

“The greater connectivity and new artificial IQ capabilities offer so much potential. It sets the scene for a Marvel movie. Now, the key question is how to make that new technology available to everyone,” she said.

“It’s not the number of new devices that is relevant but what you make out of it in terms of analytical capabilities.”

Faced with a secular decline in average revenue per user (ARPU) and a smartphone market only expected to grow by 5% in the coming years, Son stressed the need for mobile operators to invest in new technology.

Son and Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund have created a technology investment fund that could grow as large as $100 billion and become a kingpin in the high-tech industry.

The Japanese businessman also predicted that by 2040 there would be an army of 10 billion smart robots making human lives easier. But these advances won’t come without risks and addressing cybersecurity issues will have to be part of the equation, he said.

“There are about 500 ARM chips in a car today and none of them are secure,” said Son, predicting that 64% of cyber attacks will be through hacking connected objects.

Last year, for example, hackers attacked websites such as Twitter, PayPal and Spotify by targeting hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected devices from millions of internet addresses in one the largest attacks ever seen.

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ICANN Expands Engagement in the Caribbean in 2016

Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados

In 2016, ICANN’s Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) team promoted the domain name system (DNS) industry across the Caribbean region. Planning started for the DNS Study in the Caribbean. We presented on the DNS industry at many local, national and regional events. Engagements took us to Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Turks and Caicos.

During the year, we started mapping the “stakeholder journey” of the Caribbean community. We identified active stakeholders and tracked their areas of engagement and their depth of involvement in ICANN.

We also worked to reduce regional gaps in ICANN constituencies. Barbados joined the Country Codes Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO). Belize, Guyana and Suriname joined the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), and St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Bahamas are exploring GAC membership.

A Sampling of Events

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

CANTO 32, Haiti, January 2016

ICANN presented at the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Operators Annual General Meeting (CANTO 32). ICANN spoke about the LAC Strategy projects for 2016–2020, and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) stewardship transition and efforts to enhance ICANN’s accountability.

Internet Government Workshop, Turks and Caicos, March 2016

The Internet Society and ICANN co-hosted an Internet Governance Workshop in Turks and Caicos. In addition to the stakeholders who attended in person, the live streaming reached remote participants from Trinidad, Barbados and St. Lucia.

Girls in ICT Day, Barbados, April 2016

ICANN was invited to present at the Girls in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Day. Several women in ICT presented to over 125 girls and young women from local schools. ICANN’s presentations highlighted successful women working in Internet governance.

CaribNOG 11, Jamaica, April 2016

The Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) hosted its 11th gathering this year. ICANN promoted the adoption of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). Other attendees encouraged the deployment of DNSSEC and commented on the ease of technical implementation.

LACNIC 25, Cuba, May 2016

The Caribbean region is split between the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and the Latin American and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC). Even so, Caribbean participation was high at LACNIC 25. ICANN engaged with regional stakeholders from business, technology and civil society on policy development in their respective countries and on their participation in ICANN.

12th Annual Caribbean IGF, Belize, August 2016

The Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) embodies a regional multistakeholder approach to Internet governance. Over the years, the event has helped Caribbean stakeholders to better understand Internet governance structures, issues, processes and implications for the region. ICANN sponsored the event, and members of the Stakeholder Engagement team made several presentations.

Caribbean Working Lunch at ICANN57, India, November 2016

At ICANN57 Hyderabad, meeting participants from the Caribbean attended a working lunch, where they discussed regional issues face-to-face. Many ICANN constituencies were represented – from Barbados, Cuba, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

Stay tuned! Soon, we’ll launch our “2016 LAC Year in Review” report, which will include more highlights about our work in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the meantime, take a look at recent blog posts by my colleagues Alex Dans (2016 LAC Communications Highlights), Rodrigo Saucedo (2016 LAC Strategy Highlights) and Daniel Fink (ICANN Extends Engagement in Brazil in 2016).

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Axiros Demos the Convergence of IoT Security, Identity and Lifecycle at IoT World Forum Europe 2016

By IoT – Internet of Things

Axiros, a leader in device management and Internet of Things solutions for service providers, enterprises, and OEMs, takes its technology to Dublin next week for IoT World Europe 2016. Axiros is a Gold Sponsor of the event, with a booth (stand 32) and a speaking engagement during the conference program.

“Axiros AXPERIENCE helps companies connect, activate, share and protect their Internet of Things products and services,” said Axiros CEO Kurt Peterhans. “With more than a decade of experience in device and service management, the AXPERIENCE platform is an elegant solution to manage the entire things lifecycle, identity and security – with the ultimate goal of creating new revenue streams for service providers and OEMs.”

On November 21st at 14:20 local time, Peterhans will be taking the stage during the SMART HOME stream to discuss: Consumer IoT: a place for security, identity management and automated delivery.

His presentation will take attendees through a virtual blueprint of available technologies used to integrate field management and information security, as well as what different stakeholder groups need for acquisition, processing, integration and ultimately access of field information.

Meet the Axiros leadership team at stand 32 or fill out our online request form to arrange a meeting with Peterhans or another Axiros representative before, during or after the conference to discuss how to best monetize IoT using Axiros’ device and service management solution, or any topics related to Axiros’ products.

You may also access a complimentary copy of Gartner´s Market Guide for IoT Integration report to learn more about how Axiros is bringing Internet of Things service and device management to the world.

What: Axiros to exhibit at IoT World Europe 2016, Stand 32

When: 21-22 November 2016, with Smart Home Session November 21st at 14:20

Where: The Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland

For: IoT World Europe 2016 Attendees, Media and Industry Analysts interested in IoT (management, services, lifecycle, identity and security).

For more information please visit www.axiros.com.

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IoT.do: Sep 18 – Sep 24 Week in Review

By Cristian Sturek

iDevices Smart Home Kit

As we are getting close to Q4 of 2016, I am once again recapping anything and everything that took place in the Internet of Things world. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule!

As always, our company strives to provide you with the most up-to-date information 100% focused on IoT. The latest in IoT news:

  • Guest Contribution: A new industry report from Parks Associates reveals 51% of U.S. broadband households find an IoT device that alerts them to smoke and fire highly appealing and 41% find a device that alerts them to a water leak to be highly appealing.
  • Capgemini recently released the World Quality Report 2016, published in conjunction with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), which examines the state of application quality and testing practices across multiple industries and 32 countries. The report reveals that despite 85 percent claiming that internet of things (IoT) products are a part of their business operations, over two thirds (68 percent) of organizations in which IoT plays a role do not currently have a test strategy for this specific aspect of IT.
  • Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes) and IBM announced a partnership that will enable Finland to utilize Watson cognitive computing to help doctors improve the health of its citizens, and strengthen and develop the Finnish innovation and business ecosystem in the fields of health and well-being.
  • OMsignal is reinventing the way women hit the ground running with the official release of its flagship product, the smart sports bra OMbra.
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  • iDevices introduces the Smart Home Essentials kit, an Apple HomeKit and Alexa-enabled system featuring three iDevices Sockets (connected light bulb adapters), five iDevices Switches (indoor connected plugs) and two iDevices Outdoor Switches (rain-tight connected plugs). Unlike other smart home systems on the market, the iDevices Smart Home Essentials kit requires no central hub, gateway or bridge.

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Synopsys Introduces ARC Security Processors for Low-Power Embedded Applications

By IoT

Synopsys, Inc. has announced the availability of the DesignWare ARC SEM110 and SEM120Dsecurity processors for low-power, embedded applications such as smart metering, NFC payment and embedded SIMs. The new ARC SEM processors with Synopsys SecureShield technology enable designers to protect systems against software, hardware and side-channel attacks as well as separate secure and non-secure functions as part of a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). The ultra-low power, performance-efficient ARC SEM processors offer advanced security features such as uniform instruction timing and power randomization to obfuscate secure operations. In addition, the SecureShield Runtime Library manages the partitioning and isolation of containers within a TEE to ensure data is stored and processed in a safe environment. This combination of hardware and software features enables designers to create more secure system-on-chips (SoCs) for IoT and mobile applications.

ARC SEM Security Processors

The DesignWare ARC SEM Processors are based on the scalable, 32-bit ARCv2 instruction set architecture (ISA) and are optimized for area and power efficiency. The ARC SEM110 Processor integrates a wide range of security technologies and can be implemented in an SoC as either a standalone secure core or as a single core performing both secure and non-secure functions. The ARC SEM120D adds DSP functionality for applications such as sensor processing and voice identification in health care and IoT devices. Key features of the new processors include:

  • Side-channel resistance with uniform instruction timing and timing/power randomization obfuscate secure operations from potential hackers
  • An enhanced memory protection unit and SecureShield technology simplify development of a TEE
  • Tamper-resistant pipeline with in-line instruction/data encryption and address scrambling, and data integrity checks protect against system attacks and IP theft
  • Integrated watchdog timer detects system failures including tampering
  • DSP instructions and unified MUL/MAC unit in the ARC SEM120D support applications requiring enhanced security and real-time processing

“High-profile security breaches are increasingly in global headlines, underscoring the need to ensure the right precautions are being taken during SoC design and test,” said Mats Nählinder, president of Riscure North America. “As a global security test lab and a market leader in side-channel test equipment, our business is to evaluate security solutions for their ability to protect against such malicious attacks targeting hardware and software. The DesignWare ARC SEM processors enable designers to add protection to their embedded devices against such attacks.”

ARC Software, Development Tools and Ecosystem

Synopsys’ embARC Open Software Platform provides software developers with online access to a comprehensive suite of free and open-source software, including security transport protocols. The platform includes the new SecureShield Runtime Library, which runs in the background and manages the partitioning and isolation of containers within a TEE.

Like all ARC processors, the ARC SEM processors are supported by a robust ecosystem of software and hardware development tools, including:

  • MetaWare Development Toolkit that generates highly efficient code ideal for deeply embedded applications
  • ARC nSIM fast instruction set simulator enables early software development
  • ARC xCAM provides 100 percent cycle-accurate simulation for software optimization and system verification

In addition, support for Synopsys’ HAPS physical prototyping system enables early software development, hardware/software integration and system validation of ARC SEM processor-based designs.

The ARC SEM processors with SecureShield are part of Synopsys’ comprehensive portfolio of security IP solutions that include the Enhanced Security Package and CryptoPack options for ARC EM processors and the DesignWare Security IP solutions, which consist of a range of cryptography cores and software library, protocol accelerators, root of trust, platform security and content protection IP.

“As security threats become more prevalent in connected devices, having security built-in at the SoC level is critical to minimizing the risk of side-channel attacks, data breaches, IP theft and more,” said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP and prototyping at Synopsys. “By expanding our portfolio of IP solutions with the new ARC SEM processors, Synopsys enables designers to integrate the necessary security features into their embedded devices, while meeting the stringent power and area requirements of their chips.”

For more information, please visit www.synopsys.com.

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Gridbee Achieves First-Pass Silicon Success with Synopsys’ DesignWare ARC Processor

By IoT

Synopsys, and Gridbee Communications announced that Gridbee has achieved first-pass silicon success for its integrated IoT secure wireless communications solutions using Synopsys’ silicon-proven DesignWare ARC EM6 Processor. Gridbee chose Synopsys’ ARC EM processor over competitive processor alternatives for its superior power- and performance-efficiency, ability to secure code with advanced memory protection capabilities and availability of a comprehensive suite of tools and open source software. ARC EM’s extensive configurability enabled Gridbee to create an optimized implementation that delivers the essential signal processing required for machines to efficiently and securely communicate with each other within stringent power and silicon area budgets.

“To meet the profitability and reliability targets of the industrial IoT market, it is imperative that we develop secure, power-efficient and reliable plug-and-play wireless communication solutions that are easy for our customers to deploy,” said Stephane Laurent, CBDO & co-founder at Gridbee Communications. “Synopsys’ ARC EM processors are highly configurable and offer extremely low power consumption. ARC’s hardware advantages, combined with the available security features and software development tools, enable us to deliver tailored solutions that address the evolving challenges of IoT communications.”

Gridbee Communications develops plug-and-play wireless communication technologies for smart devices in industrial environments, including system-on-chip (SoC) components and related software. With a simple USB connected case, Gridbee’s customers can easily implement machine intelligence through peer to peer communication and networked devices. The solution is based on medium and long range radio frequency technology (IEEE 802.15.4g SUN with both FSK and OFDM modulation) to enable communication with the machines’ network and a mesh network infrastructure and use very little power when not communicating. Gridbee’s solution includes all the hardware and software components necessary for securely connecting smart devices.

DesignWare ARC EM Processors are based on the scalable, 32-bit ARCv2 instruction set architecture (ISA) and are optimized for area and power efficiency. The ARC EM cores’ small size make them ideal for applications where power consumption and size must be kept to a minimum without compromising performance. Synopsys’ Enhanced Security Package for ARC EM processors enables designers to create a tamper-resistant, secure environment that protects their systems and software from evolving security threats such as IP theft and remote attacks. The ARC EM Family is supported by a robust ecosystem of development tools and software, including the MetaWare Development Toolkit and ARC EM Starter Kit. In addition, Synopsys’ embARC Open Software Platform gives ARC EM software developers online access to a comprehensive suite of free and open-source software that eases the development of code for IoT and other embedded applications.

“The growth in connected machines is requiring wireless solutions that help guarantee reliable, high-speed, secure communications, while meeting demanding energy and cost budgets,” said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP and prototyping at Synopsys. “Selecting Synopsys’ ARC processors with the MetaWare toolkit and embARC Open Software Platform enabled Gridbee to meet the performance and power efficiency of their design targets while accelerating the deployment of their innovative M2M solutions to the market.”

Learn more at www.gridbeecom.com.

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Meet ARM’s new weapon in the race to build the world’s fastest computers

By Agam Shah

ARM conquered the mobile market starting with Apple’s iPhone, and now wants to be in the world’s fastest computers.

A new ARM chip design being announced on Monday is targeted at supercomputers, a lucrative market in which the company has no presence. ARM’s new chip design, which has mobile origins, has extensions and tweaks to boost computing power.

The announcement comes a few weeks after Japanese company Softbank said it would buy ARM for a mammoth $32 billion. With the cash, ARM is expected to sharpen its focus on servers and the internet of things.

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ARM has a new weapon in race to build world’s fastest computers

By Agam Shah

ARM conquered the mobile market starting with Apple’s iPhone, and now wants to be in the world’s fastest computers.

A new ARM chip design being announced on Monday is targeted at supercomputers, a lucrative market in which the company has no presence. ARM’s new chip design, which has mobile origins, has extensions and tweaks to boost computing power.

The announcement comes a few weeks after Japanese company Softbank said it would buy ARM for a mammoth US$32 billion. With the cash, ARM is expected to sharpen its focus on servers and the internet of things.

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Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Introduces The Wilson X Connected Football

By IoT

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., the global leader in performance football and supplier of the official football of the National Football League (NFL), announced the launch of its Wilson X Connected Football. The Wilson X Connected Football is a completely new football experience designed to bring professional football fans closer to the game than ever before so they too can enjoy the heart thumping, pure adrenaline moments of an NFL game, all while holding a real football in their hands. The Wilson X Connected Football is now available for pre-order at www.wilsonfootball.com/x. The smart football launches nationwide on September 8.

“Our Wilson X Connected Football marries the best in digital technology with the top performing football in the world to create an immersive gaming experience for fans that was not possible before,” said Bob Thurman, Vice President of Wilson Labs, the innovation hub at Wilson. “By embedding a state-of-the-art, undetectable sensor in a football that connects to a cool app on a fan’s mobile device, every fan can become their favorite NFL team’s quarterback and create their own virtual stadium anywhere, anytime they want to play.”

The Wilson X Connected Football retails for $199.99. The ball is offered in both Official and Junior sizes. The football comes with a free wrist coach, similar to those used by NFL quarterbacks, which has been designed to hold a player’s phone on their non-throwing arm, so there is no restriction in passing and enjoying the Wilson X Connected Football experience. The Wilson X Connected Football companion app is free and will be ready for download from the Apple Store and via Google Play on September 8.

ABOUT THE WILSON X CONNECTED FOOTBALL

Key to the Wilson X Connected Football is a tiny, undetectable sensor that is embedded in an actual Wilson football. The sensor, which connects via Bluetooth to the Wilson X Connected Football app on any mobile device, tracks a fan’s throw distance, velocity, spiral efficiency, spin rate, and if the football was caught or dropped. Players also receive their very own quarterback ranking score.

Once in the app, fans can create their own male or female NFL quarterback avatar, selecting from any of the League’s 32 teams. Through five exciting game modes, including QB Warm Up, Elimination, Precision, Game Time and Final Drive, a rich audio experience, and a deep set of never before seen stats, fans will feel the rush of being their team’s quarterback, and the mastermind behind those big game moments – all while the clock is counting, their opponents are plotting, and the fans are cheering.

At the end of each game or session, players have access to game and performance analytics. Further, Wilson X Connected Football players can see how they rank against other users around the globe or amongst their friends, share stats with family and friends via social media, unlock trophies, and challenge friendly rivals to face-offs for ultimate bragging rights.

With the Wilson X Connected Football the stadium is always ready – whether at a tailgate, in the backyard, at the beach or in the park – and open for play. The football’s sensor contains a low-power battery that has been engineered to last for more than 500 hours of connected play, or approximately 200,000 passes.

Wilson Labs began working in the connected football space several years ago as part of the Company’s long-standing partnership with the NFL. The Wilson X Football is the second connected product from Wilson Labs that uses the latest technology and gamification to offer fans and athletes a fundamentally new sports experience. Wilson introduced the Wilson X Connected Basketball in September 2015.

ABOUT WILSON SPORTING GOODS CO.

Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance sports equipment, apparel, bags, and accessories. The Company invents, designs and partners to create consumer-driven, best-in-class products that push sports equipment into new territories. In American football, Wilson is the preferred equipment partner of 37 high school state athletic association state championship programs. The Company serves as the Official Connected Football and Official Supplier of game footballs for the National Football League. Wilson also provides the Official Football of the College Football Playoff. Earlier this year, Wilson was recognized as one of the “Most Innovative Companies in Sports” by Fast Company.

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This Tech CEO Says He’s Ready to Take on Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple

By Ian Mount

It wasn’t quite John Lennon’s comment that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus,” but SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son seems pretty confident that his company will soon have the same size and importance as several religion-sized tech firms.

In an interview published Tuesday in The Times (London), the 58-year-old Son said that the huge investments SoftBank will make in the British chip giant ARM Holdings


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According to Son, ARM’s chip designs, which already power more than 95% of the smartphones out there, will allow it to become one of the planet’s biggest tech companies as the “Internet of Things” (IoT) explodes over the next several years. SoftBank has said that it plans to at least double ARM’s U.K. headcount over the next five years.

While Son did not give a timeline as to when ARM would be fighting with tech’s biggest-of-the-big, he showed no doubt that it could.

“I’ve helped Alibaba [get] to that kind of scale,” he told The Times. “I have a feeling that ARM has a right to be that kind of scale.”

Son also addressed Brexit and suggestions that he’d bought ARM when he did because the drop in the value of the pound had made it cheaper.

“I did not calculate the political change,” he told The Times. “I’m looking at the technological shift. I was looking at Arm for ten years. For me, the more important factor was, ‘when do I have enough cash?'”

While the pound lost value after the Brexit vote, he noted, ARM’s stock price rose, removing any currency advantage.

And, he added, he did not worry too much about the long-term future of Britain. “I’m still committed to the success of the U.K. and the belief of the strong intelligence and passion and determination of the British people,” he said. “I’m a strong believer of their long-term historical success.”

Fortune has reached out to SoftBank for additional comment and will update the story with a reply.

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