Celebrating 50 Billion shipped ARM-powered Chips

We’re celebrating! In Q4 of 2013 ARM partners shipped an impressive 2.9 billion ARM-powered chips, taking the full year total to 10 billion chips. ARM has now reached the 50 billion chips milestone and it’s all thanks to our partners for making this milestone achievement possible!

With our partners we continue to drive industry innovation as computing shifts into new and diverse form factors such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and the expanded mobile experience to name just a few. Then there is the role our ecosystem is playing in the transformation of enterprise computing.

To highlight this major achievement and to show how ARM technology has driven key advances in computing for the past 20 years (and the shift to mobile computing) we’ve launched our very own site to celebrate. Visit www.50billionchips.com and check out the latest blogs, videos, and competitions. We adding new content all the time, so keep checking in!

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  • 50 billion chips... And all that started because you wanted to upgrade from the BBC Micro, and couldn't find any chips that would get the job done. Thank goodness you didn't settle for an existing chip, the world probably wouldn't be the same. I can still remember the BBC Micro; I was in the UK at the time, and we had a few in our school. ARM has been with me ever since (quite literally, if you include the PDAs, telephones and other mobile devices that airport security keeps on raising eyebrows at).

  • James, we appreciate you being part of the ARM journey! I just landed back into the US today after supporting the Cortex-A17 press briefings in Taiwan and China. The customs officer asked me the usual "what is your job" question. I answered that I worked at ARM and he replied with his experiences around all things Android. I am truly humbled by the reach and dviersity of our technology, which is a function of the creativity and innovation of hardware and software companies that work in the ARM ecosystem.

  • ARM has probably shaped my career more than any other company. My very first computer was an Apple IIe, and my development was self-taught. I then played around with a few home computers, making the most of the fact that my parents wanted to try technology. They gave in, and I went to school in England. I arrived at the exact right time to not only use BBC Micros, but also follow the BBC programme on computer literacy (I was slightly in advance, some experimental school programme). So, here I had a machine, perfectly logic, and I finally had a support to teach me how it worked, how to speak to it, and how to make it follow my instructions. I swore that I would have a BBC Micro at home, but alas, it was not to be. While you were busy developing ARM1 on your computers, I was shipped out to France, that didn't have the same program. We have very annoying TO-7 computers, which were already outdated by the time I got to use them. I switched machines; I bought an Amiga, and spent a few years on them. I learnt to program assembly on 68k machines, but even those died out, and finally, I had no other choice, I had to use a PC. x86 assembly is a nightmare, it always has been.

    It took me a few years to get my hands on an ARM-powered machine, an Acorn A5000. This thing tore through anything I could throw at it, and the trusty PC started gathering dust. It came with complete instructions, and the gentleman who wanted me to continue in technology also gave me what I consider to be the most useful element of any technology, books. I started trying assembly, and I loved it. Highly logical, very well designed, a pleasure to use.

    Years later, I was back on PCs, once again, because I didn't have any choice. I started my first professional project, one based on a PXA270 device. We were taught the basics, and while my colleagues watches slides on the core architecture, I raised my hand and asked "Is this an ARM3?". The answer was, of course, no. No, it isn't an ARM3, but nothing has changed; it is faster, has better peripherals, more energy efficient, but it still has the same ARM architecture. If you know about ARM3, you'll love this one. And he was right. It took me a few days to get back up to speed, but I loved working with this device. Assembly, debug, power... Everything I loved. ARM7TDMI, ARM926EJ-S... My career changed, but always seemed to revolve around ARM chips, still with a little bit of pride. I'm British, living and working in France, and I'm still proud of the fact that ARM, despite having worldwide offices, is still based in Cambridge, where I was supposed to study if my parents didn't decide to move to France.

    ARM has shaped my career so much that I wanted to share this with others, and show them just how much fun you can have. I remembered the joy I had when reading books on the architecture, and so I decided to write my own, my humble contribution to a technology I love. Thanks, ARM, for everything you have done! I don't know if even you know the impact you have had on people... I often try challenges; spend two weeks with an iPhone, spend a week with a Chromebook, etc. One of them was "Spend a week without an ARM processor". No can do. Even if I wanted to, which I don't, I'd never be able to. 50 billion processors? I probably use dozens a day without even knowing it.

  • I like Mike Muller's video. My car coming to pick me up after it has completed my shopping. I could cope with that vision of the future...

  • Me too!  I so could relate...and the dry cleaning...and how about the kid from school?;-)

  • Here is another video showed lots of cool gadgets ARM powered

  • Mike Muller wrote a follow up blog on his predictions of where the next 100 billion chips will come from.  I've added some of my thoughts as well in ARM CTO Mike Muller on the next 100 billion chips