ARM buys Sensinode in M2M push

Semiconductor designer ARM has announced a takeover of software company Sensinode in a move aimed at strengthening its position in the M2M market.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, but ARM (Cambridge, UK) appears eager to include Sensinode’s (Oulu, Finland) NanoStack and NanoService products in its mbed project – whose purpose is to “deliver fundamental open source hardware and software building blocks for rapid development of intelligent connected devices”.

Semiconductor designer ARM has announced a takeover of software company Sensinode in a move aimed at strengthening its position in the M2M market.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, but ARM (Cambridge, UK) appears eager to include Sensinode’s (Oulu, Finland) NanoStack and NanoService products in its mbed project – whose purpose is to “deliver fundamental open source hardware and software building blocks for rapid development of intelligent connected devices”.

The company believes the incorporation of NanoStack and NanoService into mbed would provide an ideal foundation for new applications including wireless sensors, smart connected appliances, home health applications, and wearable electronics, and also be applicable to M2M applications using cellular connections.

“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,” said John Cornish, executive vice president and general manager of ARM’s System Design Division. “By making Sensinode expertise and technology accessible … through the ARM mbed project we will enable rapid deployment of thousands of new and innovative IoT applications.”

Referring to an IMS Research forecast that some 30 billion connected devices will be in use globally by 2020, ARM also says it was motivated to acquire Sensinode by the company’s contribution to a variety standardization efforts, including for the IETF, ZigBee IP, ETSI and OMA.

“The ARM architecture together with Sensinode’s software technology covering 6LoWPAN, CoAP and OMA Lightweight M2M with advanced security will provide a compelling solution for Internet of Things developers,” said Adam Gould, the chief executive of Sensinode.