ARM buys Sensinode for ‘internet of things’ push

ARM acquires the start-up to boost communication capabilities between devices and gain a stronger place in the open standards community

UK technology firm ARM has bought Finnish company Sensinode for an undisclosed sum.

The start-up has made a name for itself through software products that embed in devices to enable them to connect to the internet and communicate with one another.

It has also led the projects for the creation of the 6LoWPAN and CoAP standards. The first focused on giving IPv6 connectivity to low-powered devices and the second worked on a protocol for simple devices to enable them to connect to the internet.

ARM wants to capitalise on these specialties to make its own product line ready for the burgeoning "internet of things" trend, which is seeing increasing numbers of smart devices, ranging from healthcare tools to wearable technology.

It will also use the expertise to further its own industry project – mbed – which has a goal of “delivering fundamental open source hardware and software building blocks for rapid development of intelligent connected devices,” from microcontrollers and radios through to cloud services.

“ARM is dedicated to enabling a standards-based internet of things (IoT) where billions of devices of all types and capabilities are connected through interoperable internet protocols and web services,” said John Cornish, executive vice-president and general manager of the system design division at ARM.

“Sensinode is a pioneer in software for low-cost, low-power internet-connected devices and has been a key contributor to open standards for IoT. By making Sensinode expertise and technology accessible to the ARM partnership and through the ARM mbed project, we will enable rapid deployment of thousands of new and innovative IoT applications.”  

Despite a clear intention of integrating Sensinode deep into ARM, the firm has promised to continue to sell its NanoStack and NanoService products individually to new and existing customers.

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