US defense agency joins forces with Arm
Technology innovation from Arm in Cambridge is to be deployed for even more military and commercial uses by a major US defense partner.
The superchip architect is already changing the face of global business compute and has now announced a three-year partnership agreement with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
The deal establishes an access framework to all commercially available Arm technology.
With DARPA’s Electronics Resurgence Initiative gaining momentum, the new accord will enable the research community that supports DARPA’s programs to quickly and easily take advantage of Arm’s leading IP, tools and support, accelerating innovation in a variety of fields.
Rene Haas, president, IP Products Group, Arm, said: “The span of DARPA research activity opens up a huge range of opportunities for future technological innovation.
“Our expanded DARPA partnership will provide them with access to the broadest range of Arm technology to develop compute solutions supported by the world’s largest ecosystem of tools, services and software.”
With more than 170 billion Arm-based chips now shipped to date, Arm offers the industry’s most proven IP, providing distributed intelligence from cloud to edge and endpoint.
The expanded partnership enables DARPA researchers to have the flexibility and scalability to access vertical market compute from small embedded sensors to high-performance systems.
Serge Leef, who leads design automation and secure hardware programs in MTO said: “DARPA’s programs within the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) focus on the most advanced challenges in microelectronics; equipping our community with best in class technologies is essential not only for break-through scientific and engineering advances, but also for improved transition into military and commercial application.”
To support the work DARPA does, multidimensional collaboration is key. An Arm IP licence gives the DARPA community a portal to the world’s largest open compute ecosystem of silicon designers and software developers, enabling the lowest SoC build costs and smallest risk profile.
Projects can transition from concepts to real-world deployments in a fast and efficient way, with guidance on everything from hardware verification to physical implementation and software development.
Its Japanese parent company SoftBank recently put Arm up for sale and US giant Nvidia is said to be closing in on a deal that could be wrapped up by the end of summer. The acquisition price could be anything from $32bn – the price SoftBank paid for Arm in 2016 – to $47bn. The potential impact on Arm’s Cambridge operations after a sale are not being discussed by either side.