Enabling innovation

Our vision is to enable everyone to use technology to innovate and create new products and business models. From students, to start-ups to thought-leading companies, we are enabling people and devices to connect together in ways that have never been possible before.

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Our Vision

Simon Segars explains how ARM technology already reaches 75% of people in the world. He believes that by working in partnership with global companies, innovative thinking will enable people and devices to connect in a way like never before to help make the world a better place for everyone.

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From mobile phones to the Internet of Things

people perform

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ARM-based Pebble Smartwatch

It was the Pebble that has made the world interested in Smartwatches, with its incredible innovation and great style. Wearers want a watch that connects seamlessly to their devices and can run for days so they can enjoy all the benefits of their smart watch without worrying about performance or battery life.

  • Samsung Chrome Book

    Samsung Chrome Book

    The Samsung Chromebook delivers outstanding and hassle-free performance at an affordable price. As of May 2013, the Samsung ARM Chromebook has led Amazon's list of best-selling laptops. It is based on the Samsung Exynos 5 Dual system-on-chip, which is powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex®-A15 processor and a quad-core ARM Mali-T604 GPU.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    Samsung Galaxy Note

    The new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been developed as the ideal device to help you stay on top of your busy life. It is based on the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (5420) system-on-chip, which is designed using the ARM big.LITTLE technology, featuring quad-core ARM Cortex®-A15 processor running at 1.9GHz and quad-core Cortex®-A7 processor at 1.3GHz, as well as ARM Mali-T628 MP6 GPU.

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    Samsung Exynos 5 Octa

    “Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa (5420) is part of the successful Exynos 5 Octa series. It is designed using the ARM® big.LITTLE™ architecture that offers up to 70 percent energy savings when performing various tasks, compared to using ARM Cortex®-A15 cores only. It seamlessly selects the right set of processors for the right task, getting the maximum out of the quad-core ARM Cortex®-A15 processors running at 1.8GHz and quad-core Cortex®-A7 processors at 1.3 GHz. The Exynos 5 Octa (5420) also features ARM Mali™-T628 MP6 GPU, and is implemented using Samsung's latest 28 nm HKMG low power process to further improve power-efficiency.”

  • Vertu smartphone

    Vertu smartphone

    Vertu has pioneered and led the luxury mobile phone sector since the late 90s. VERTU Ti is powered by the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, which in combination with a 1.7GHz dual-core based on the ARMv7 architecture, delivers a proven and intuitive environment for our customers.

  • Coolpad entry level smartphone

    Coolpad entry level smartphone

    The Yulong Coolpad 7231 entry-level smartphone is promoting 3G uptake and dual sim cards in China by bringing consumers cost-effective mobiles that are comparable to the world's top smartphones. The SoC is based on MediaTek MT6572, which brings one of the first dual-core SoC with integrated platform for the lower end of the midmarket smartphones featuring powerefficient dual-core ARM Cortex®-A7 CPU and ARM Mali-400 GPU.

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    Agent smart watch

    “The next generation smartwatch with brand-new technology, the Agent Smartwatch has unparalleled battery life, wireless charging and supports powerful watch apps. It is powered by SAM4S from Atmel with ARM Cortex®-M4 processor inside.”

  • August smart lock

    August smart lock

    Powered by STM32L152CBT6 MCU, the August Smart Lock is the secure, simple, and social way to manage your home's lock. You have total control of when people have access your home through your smartphone or computer. The STM32L152CBT6 MCU includes an ARM Cortex®-M3 processor.

Health and wellness



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The Well Cow™ bolus wirelessly monitors rumen pH and temperature, allowing nutrition management for cows which will help improve their health and productivity. The system features an NXP LPC11U24 board which contains the ARM® Cortex®-M0 processor, and allows farmers to monitor pH levels to avoid their cows developing acidosis.

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    Proteus Digital Health Feedback System

    The digital health feedback system from Proteus allows people of all ages and cultures to power their own health, taking better care of themselves and each other. It makes healthcare more accessible, manageable and innovative via an ingestible sensor and a wireless communications package featuring the ARM Cortex®-M3 processor.

Energy efficiency



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Enlight street lighting

With EnLight ® advanced lighting technologies, Select Innovations aims to save the UK up to 50% of the costs associated with street lighting. This technology is powered by the energy-efficient, high-performance microcontrollers from NXP, based on ARM Cortex®-M processor technology.

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    HP Moonshot

    HP Moonshot: Based on chips using the ARMv7 and ARMv8 Architecture With nearly 10 billion devices connected to the internet and predictions for exponential growth, we've reached a point where the space, power, and cost demands of traditional technology are no longer sustainable. HP Moonshot marks the beginning of a new style of IT that will change the infrastructure economics and lay the foundation for the next 20 billion devices.




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Intelligent Agriculture with OnFarm

OnFarm provides intelligence to farmers to improve their yields and reduce the use of consumables such as water, fertiliser and pesticide. This is achieved by gathering data from multiple sources, including sensors placed in and around crop fields and orchards. With the innovation taking place around ARM-based sensors and the emergence of low-cost and long-range wireless technologies, we see lower-cost devices being deployed in vast numbers to provide granular data to the agricultural industry.




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Smart Parking with Streetline Networks

Smart parking reducing traffic and pollution, making happier citizens and more cost efficient cities. Dust Networks wireless mesh network solution, featuring ARM Cortex®-M3 processor, enables Streetline Networks to reliably gather the real-time status of municipal metered parking spots, and use that data to reduce traffic congestion.

Productivity through education



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Literacy bridge talking book

Literacy Bridge uses “Talking Book” technology designed to provide those living in extreme poverty with education on health and agriculture that can reduce maternal and child mortality, hunger and chronic malnutrition. ARM has been working with Literacy Bridge to develop a long-term strategy aiming to empower the world's poorest families. In 2013, we partnered with UNICEF in Ghana on a major 18-month project that will allow Literacy Bridge to prove their model at a scale of 40,000+ people. This is a critical milestone as the majority of projects fail after the pilot stage.

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    Improving education in Thailand with tablets

    The “One Tablet Per Child” (OTPC) policy was launched by Prime Minister Yingluck's government in 2012 in an attempt to improve Thai education. In 2013, OTPC tablets wereprovided to the Ministry of Education by firms including Shenzhen Scope, featuring Rockchip RK3066 with dual-core ARM Cortex®-A9 processor and quad-core ARM Mali-400 MP4 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), with an average cost of around $80 per tablet.

Productivity through lowering the barrier to entrepreneurship


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CEL Robox 3D printer

Robox® is CEL's 3D printer. You can print with many materials to create solid, usable 3D objects and prototypes. It contains an Atmel ATSAM3U2EA microcontroller, powered by an ARM Cortex®-M3 processor.



Our Performance

Tim Score explains how the company has delivered another strong set of results, and why he believes investors invest in the company. He outlines how the strength of their business model is driving the performance that enables them to invest to grow the business and deliver returns to shareholders.

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Financial Highlights

Achieving more

  • 121 licenses signed

    Were signed with 50 companies. By the end of 2013 ARM has signed more than 1000 licenses with 348 companies

  • 10 billion ARM-based chips

    ARM's customers reported that they had shipped more than 10 billion ARM-based chips into everything from phones and tablets to smart sensors and servers. This takes the cumulative total of ARM based chips shipped to over 50 billion

  • 400 million ARM-based chips with Mali™ graphics

    ARM's Mali graphics processor brings games and user-interfaces to life with stunning 3D graphics

  • 1st ARMv8 based chip shipped

    The ARMv8-A architecture adds 64-bit computing, amongst other advances, and is suitable for a wide range of applications from mobile phones to servers.

  • 1st ARM big.LITTLE™ technology based chip shipped

    big.LITTLE technology further improves performance in energy-efficient computing devices, and first shipped in Samsung Exynos family of chips

  • ARM hired net 441 full-time employees in 2013

    More than 70% of these new employees joined our R&D teams

Performing better

  • Revenues

    $1,118 m


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  • Normalised Operating Margin


  • IFRS Operating Margin


    Includes exceptional items of £101 million.

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    Includes exceptional items of £101 million.

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  • Full Year Dividend



Our business model

How and where we make money

ARM is the world's leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier. The technology we design was at the heart of many of the digital electronic products sold in the year. ARM has an innovative business model. We license our technology to a network of Partners, mainly leading semiconductor companies. Our Partners incorporate our designs alongside their own technology to create smart, energy-efficient chips.


ARM designs technology for energy-efficient chips

ARM designs technology to go into energy-efficient chips for a broad range of end markets. ARM licenses each design to multiple semiconductor companies. Every company pays an upfront licence fee to gain access to the design.


ARM licenses technology to SemiCo Partner

The semiconductor company will incorporate the ARM technology design into their chip. It can take 2-3 years to build a chip and a further year for an OEM to build their product, such as a digital TV or mobile phone, containing the chip. When the chip starts to ship, ARM receives a royalty on every chip that uses the design. Typically our royalty is based on the price of the chip.


Partner develops chips using ARM's designs

Each ARM design is suitable for a wide range of end applications and so can be re-used in different chip families addressing multiple markets. Each new chip family generates a new stream of royalties. An ARM design may be used in many different chips and may ship for over 20 years.


OEM Customer build consumer products

ARM's flexible business model has proven to be suitable for different technologies, end products, licensing strategies and a broad range of ecosystem Partners.

ARM technology in the hands of millions


Where we work together

  • 348 Partners in 18 countries

  • 31 offices around the world

  • 2,833 Employees working across 14 countries

  • 10BNArm-based chips sold in 2013

  • >75% OF THE world's population used an ARM-based product in 2013

  • >1000 companies form the ARM ecosystem building products around a common platform

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Our strategy and KPIs

Our strategy for long-term growth

ARM's strategy is for our technology to continue to gain market share in long-term growth markets, to increase the value ARM receives from each device, and to develop new technologies that can generate additional royalty revenue.

Our three growth drivers:

Progress against strategy

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    Increase market penetration

    ARM has achieved a more than 95% penetration of mobile handsets. As other end markets require smarter processors, we expect ARM technology to increase market share in other application areas.

    • Building the base of licences that will drive future royalties.

    • Growing the number of ARM-based chips.

    • Increasing market penetration in target end markets.

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    Increase value per smart electronic device

    As consumer products become smarter they often contain multiple ARM-based chips, increasing our royalty opportunity. Smarter phones and TVs can generate 5-20 times more royalty than a basic model.

    • Increasing the value that ARM receives for every smart device sold.

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    Generate additional royalties from complementary technology

    ARM has introduced complementary technologies which we believe are suitable for R&D outsourcing and can command an upfront licence fee and an ongoing royalty.

    • Developing and licensing new technology to generate additional royalty streams.

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    Re-investment and shareholder return

    ARM's financial discipline balances the need for continued investment to generate long-term future growth, whilst increasing today's profitability and shareholder returns.

    • Investing in ARM's product development and deployment capability.

    • Growing normalised operating margins, EPS, cash generation and dividends.