ARM Continues Pushing the Size Limits of Processors
As wearable technology continues to advance at an alarming rate, ARM is looking to push the limits of its processors in terms of size. More specifically, ARM is pursuing the development of processors that are so small in wearable devices that they are actually unnoticed due to their size, becoming virtually invisible. ARM processors are already used in some fitness technology, smartwatches, and other wearable devices, but the company is looking to make drastic reductions in the amount of power used by its processors going forward. As an overall goal, ARM is attempting to reduce the power consumption of processors within wearable technology to just nanowatts. By using smaller and more efficient processors in wearable technology, batteries can continue to be reduced in size which would also reduce the total weight of the device. Noel Hurley, the deputy general manager for CPUs at ARM, compared the ARM-based Freescale KL03 microcontroller used in thermostats and bulbs to where the company wants to go in terms of its smaller processor design for wearable technology.