A Secure, Connected Home

Always-on devices feature heavily in the modern Internet of Things (IoT) home. Technology- enhanced and connected everyday objects, such as smoke detectors, digital televisions (DTV), refrigerators, smart lighting, and heating systems, are now using both complex processor and multimedia IP with simple sensor technology to gather data constantly about the physical world around them.

This bridging of physical and digital worlds arguably is making our lives better, simpler, and easier. To facilitate this shift, Arm offers a family of scalable, compatible IP products that give manufacturers the flexibility required to simplify the creation of smart home technology at a viable production cost.

Compute Flexibility

Every node or device that makes up the smart home experience requires a certain level of compute capability. Sensors for air-quality monitors might need only a small level of compute, while cameras for facial recognition require more powerful capabilities. Every Arm product family meets the needs of each level, from small to high-performance. With the flexibility to choose the right level of compute within a familiar environment, manufacturers have a cost-effective approach to get viable products to market faster.

Powerful Processing, Right in Front of You

One of the key areas of the smart home is the digital television (DTV). Often, it is the centerpiece of the modern living room. The high level of compute taking place inside a DTV might not be instantly recognizable from, but both the processing and multimedia technology provided by Arm run the entertainment that most of the world consumes today.


Cortex-A and Mali multimedia processors make up a sizable number of the DTV market. Over 95 percent of smart TVs are based on the Cortex family of processors, while 80 percent of smart TVs shipped today are based on Mali GPUs.

Secure Behaviors

As devices become more intelligent and access increasing levels of personal data, the right security measures must be in place. This means ensuring that devices only carry out the tasks they are permitted to do and cannot be exploited to do more. For instance, a door lock should not accept commands from a light switch.


It’s also important to ensure that devices are protected from communication and impersonation attacks by using the right countermeasures, including enforcing password updates after devices are shipped.

Enabling Transformational Interactions

One of the most disruptive trends in the home today is the way we interact with everyday devices. Voice commands, facial recognition, and gestures are replacing manual programming, and artificial intelligence is increasingly hiding complex and connected processes from users.


Hardware and software solutions from Arm provide the building blocks on which application and service developers can create the possibility for always-on devices to transform our everyday lives.

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The Evolving Smart Home

A smart home is a complex system that requires diverse technology components and advanced software, yet the technology must be easy to use and available at a consumer cost point. Devices must not only connect to one another, and to cloud systems, but also anticipate evolving services and enhanced automation capabilities.


A host of Arm products and solutions play a role in this evolution. Our Mali image signal processors are powering home vision sensors to expertly detect objects and human faces. Connecting all this intelligence to the cloud and managing deployments is our Pelion IoT Platform software, which securely provisions and manages devices for evolving services. Together, Arm provides the solutions on which to efficiently and flexibly design, develop, and deploy smart home devices, both now and for the future.

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Smart Home Adaption

Ambient invisible computing creates smart homes that seamlessly adapt to their occupants and connect intelligence across the home. The future is already here with home objects and devices of all kinds becoming smart and connected. The next wave will start with the roll-out of applications that combine information from multiple different objects to extract a higher level of insight into a family habits.

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