ARM’s new mbed platform will ease the creation of smart, connected devices such as this smart fridge.

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By Pete Pachal2014-10-01 17:15:26 UTC

More and more devices are joining the Internet of Things, but the quality of the experience can very greatly. ARM is introducing a platform that does most of the heavy lifting on the chip side, in hopes of making it easier for gadget makers to build connected devices with some consistency,

ARM — with a chip tech that serves as the backbone for most mobile devices, including Apple’s — is announcing “mbed,” a platform for Internet of Things devices. It includes on operating system for ARM-based embedded chips, called mbed OS, which optimizes them for IoT applications. Think constant connectivity, support for multiple wireless standards (including LTE), secure wireless connections and low power.

Using the platform is free, but the plus side here for ARM is that users will be incentivized to subscribe to the server side of the tech, which involves licensing. By subscribing to ARM’s mbed Device Server, manufacturers will have a way to quickly integrate their devices into existing cloud services, and they won’t have to ever worry about scaling.

The launch of the mbed OS and Devices Server builds on, a web portal for developers to create connected products that use ARM technology. ARM claims 70,000 developers are part of the community, with more than 9,000 published projects.

ARM’s push into the Internet of Things has been forceful lately, and the launch of mbed follows the release of its most powerful embedded chip, the M7. Embedded chips are the go-to processor for IoT devices since they require very little power and are optimized for devices that lack a traditional graphical user interface.

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