– Arm Holdings now has a minority stake in the Raspberry Pi foundation.
– The move is aimed at futureproofing Arm’s status in the AI and IoT industries.
– Raspberry Pis have always been powered by Arm chips, so the partnership was expected.
– Arm believes that platforms like Raspberry Pi are critical for driving the adoption of high-performance IoT devices.
– Arm technology offers compute performance, energy efficiency, and an extensive software ecosystem.
– The move to make IoT technology more accessible raises concerns about e-waste and data privacy.
Honestly, there’s not a great deal to say here – the press release is still hot out of the oven (do you get it? Because it’s – oh, nevermind), but, since Raspberry Pis have always been powered by Arm chips, perhaps this was always going to happen.
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“With the rapid growth of edge and endpoint AI applications,” said Paul Williamson, Arm’s GM and SVP of IoT, “platforms like those from Raspberry Pi, built on Arm, are critical to driving the adoption of high-performance IoT devices globally by enabling developers to innovate faster and more easily.”
“Using Arm technology as the foundation of our current and future products offers us access to the compute performance, energy efficiency and extensive software ecosystem we need, as we continue to remove barriers to entry for everyone, from students and enthusiasts, to professional developers deploying commercial IoT systems at scale.”
I want an Arm’s length from IoT
We (the royal we, meaning this jaded tech writer) are wary of this move to make the tired and miserable strategy of ‘put a chip in it’ available to the masses.
It’s not news that, once a developer tires of or goes bankrupt thanks to its ‘commercial IoT system’, whatever you’ve bought will end up being drastically less useful or reduced to a paperweight, as the only good social media account (it has an NSFW name, so we can’t give it the SEO credit – which I’m sure pleases its operator to no end) will attest.
Will increasingly affordable IoT-facilitating tech mean less bankrupt startups? Probably. Will it also mean a startling increase in e-waste, and even direr prospects for data privacy? Definitely.
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AI Eclipse TLDR:
Arm Holdings has acquired a minority stake in the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a popular microcomputing organization based in Cambridge, UK. As Raspberry Pi devices have always been powered by Arm chips, this partnership seems like a natural progression. The move is primarily aimed at futureproofing Arm’s position in the artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) industries. Arm’s GM and SVP of IoT, Paul Williamson, stated that platforms like Raspberry Pi, built on Arm technology, are crucial in driving the adoption of high-performance IoT devices worldwide. However, some are concerned about the potential consequences of making IoT technology more accessible, such as increased e-waste and compromised data privacy.