ARM steps up IoT support with mbed software & free OS

October 02, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
ARM has announced a new software platform and free operating system to simplify and speed up the creation and deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) products.

The mbed IoT Device Platform has been built around open standards; ARM says it will bring Internet protocols, security and standards-based manageability into one integrated solution optimised for energy and cost-constrained devices. Part of the overall mbed hardware and software ecosystem, it will provide common building blocks for IoT devices and services and will “enable innovators to focus on value-add features and differentiation.”

The mbed IoT Device Platform includes the following elements:

  1. mbed OS: a free operating system for ARM Cortex-M processor-based devices that consolidates the fundamental building blocks of the IoT in one integrated set of software components. It contains security, communication and device management features to enable the development of production-grade, energy-efficient IoT devices. It is available to mbed partners in Q4 2014 for early development, with the first production devices due in 2015. It will, ARM says, allow users to focus on differentiating features of their products, reducing development costs. It is free for developers and for deployment, supported by an ecosystem of more than100 OEMs and major chip vendors. Software re-use is supported, along with standards such as Bluetooth Smart, 2G, 3G, LTE and CDMA cellular technologies, Thread, Wi-Fi, and 802.15.4/6LoWPAN along with TLS/DTLS, CoAP, HTTP, MQTT and Lightweight M2M.
  2. mbed Device Server: a licensable software product that provides the required server-side technologies to connect and manage devices in a secure way. It also provides a bridge between the protocols designed for use on IoT devices and the APIs that are used by web developers. This simplifies the integration of IoT devices that provide “little data” into cloud frameworks that deploy “big data” analytics on the aggregated information. Built around open standards, the product scales to handle the connections and management of millions of devices. mbed Device Server is available now. It improves efficiency, security and manageability for devices using a standards-based and IoT-optimised approach; it reduces the complexity of integrating IoT capabilities into existing cloud services; it unifies device and application data management using the same technology foundation and eliminating the need for duplicate infrastructure for clients and servers; and provides access to a large unified market of devices through open standards and the ARM partner ecosystem.
  3. the focus point for a community of more than 70,000 developers around mbed. The website provides a comprehensive database of hardware development kits, a repository for reusable software components, reference applications, documentation and web-based development tools.