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ARM mbed IoT Device Platform

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The ARM mbed IoT Device Platform provides the operating system, cloud services, tools and developer ecosystem to make the creation possible at scale.

About this Solution:

ARM® mbed™ IoT Device Platform, simply, is for writing software that controls hardware that can connect to the cloud - it is an easy way of creating embedded connected solutions.

What is ARM mbed?

ARM mbed is the idea that the Internet of Things (IoT) is a collaboration between the people who make things, the people who use things and the people who make the services all these things use. ARM created a solution to help lead sustainable growth within the IoT and named it mbed.

mbed has a large community of developers, an ecosystem of open source IoT code, a network of hardware partners, and products and services that serve the IoT market. When we talk about the elements of mbed together, we talk about the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform: the mbed Developer Community, mbed OS, mbed Cloud, mbed Device Server, mbed Device Connector Service, mbed TLS, and mbed Client.

Design, build, deploy

mbed is here to help you build your own embedded connected devices, from planning through prototyping and on to production. It does this by letting you write your software on top of an operating system (mbed OS) that works with mbed-enabled hardware, and can connect to the cloud using the mbed Device Connector Service.

Connecting you to the cloud

If you already have an operating system and you want to keep using it, mbed Client provides the higher-level cloud connectivity functions of mbed OS. mbed Client allows you to use our device services without having to use mbed OS or mbed-enabled hardware. You can then benefit from a standard way of connecting to all your devices.

Embedded devices and mbed

An embedded device is a single-purpose computing system that is part of a larger system. We call it embedded because it is within the system, along with many other similar or larger devices. Because it has only one job (or, at most, a handful of jobs) it is small in every respect: size, power consumption, computing power and cost.

Embedded devices are everywhere. The programmable timer in your washing machine and your pulse watch are each one embedded device with one job, but some systems, such as cars and even MRIs, have dozens of embedded devices coordinating their work.

The basic hardware of an mbed device is the development board, which includes an ARM microcontroller. The board is capable of small amounts of processing and data storage, as well as communication. There are additional components that can provide even more capabilities. These include sensors, touch-screens, motors, storage extensions and even wheeled robots. The software you write with mbed controls all of these.

The mbed boards run mbed OS - our in-house operating system that offers an easy, consistent way of controlling the hardware and interacting with the cloud. It also offers built-in integration with our other tools, such as our automated testing tool. On top of mbed OS sits your code, and the only limits on it are the hardware’s processing and storage abilities.

Learn more about our boards and components.

What do you develop with mbed?

So what can you do with that? First, you can prototype a project - very quickly. mbed OS handles the grunt work of communicating with the hardware, and it is not board-specific. This means that code you write on top of mbed OS can work on any board, so you can experiment with different boards without rewriting your code. To further help you prototype and test, mbed provides not only the OS, but also a way of interacting with your device via the cloud with the Connector service, mbed Enabled™ services, a debugging interface and test tools.

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Second, you can turn your prototype into a product without switching away from mbed tools: device and server side security, cloud connectivity including load balancing, multiple communication protocols, and other developer services (coming soon).

And finally you can connect devices that are not based on mbed OS to the cloud using mbed Client.

Learn more about our other tools, cloud services and technologies, or about moving from prototyping to production.

Who is the mbed community?

Our community includes over 130,000 software developers, all interested in building applications for things in the IoT. There are also mbed partners who build systems-on-chips (SoC), modules, boards, components and cloud services. If you venture further, you can read blogs, comments and forum discussions from these developers and browse the hardware they offer commercially.

Getting started with mbed

Explore mbed

The mbed platform provides free software libraries, hardware designs and online tools for professional rapid prototyping of products based on ARM microcontrollers.

The platform includes a standards-based C/C++ SDK, a microcontroller HDK and supported development boards, an online compiler and online developer collaboration tools.

  • Software Development Kit (SDK)
  • Hardware Development Kit (HDK)
  • Free Online Development Tools
  • Worldwide Developer Community

Getting started with mbed

It’s easy to get started and productive with the mbed platform, so you can quickly pick it up when you begin your next project.

You can build your own hardware from scratch using the HDK, but here we’ll assume you are starting with an existing board.

Once you have some hardware, you’ll be able to login to the compiler and start experimenting in a matter of minutes.

Prototype your product

Once you’re up and running, it’s time to start making.

You can reuse a wealth of open source code and technical know-how from the official Handbook, community Cookbook and Components database as the foundation of your products. You can also contribute back fixes, libraries and support for other developers to help everyone get things done even faster.

Go to Production

When your prototype proves a success, the mbed platform can also help support you as you develop it into a product. The HDK is free for use in custom commercial designs, and the compiler can export to other professional toolchains if needed. Choosing the mbed platform means you are in the company of tens of thousands of developers who know the tools and have the expertise to help you on the path to production.

Where next?

Read our glossary or our getting started guides, or explore the site to learn more about what you can do with mbed.

If you have any question about mbed, please feel free to contact me via HWTrek Q&A, thanks!!

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The ARM® mbed™ partnership combines hardware and software tools that offer faster time to market for secure, low-power, connected solutions for key Internet of Things (IoT) growth markets.

Looking for applications:

  • Fitness trackers
  • Wearables
  • Medical devices
  • Store infrastructure
  • Smart City
  • Smart Lighting
  • Smart Home
  • Smart Industrial

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  • All project categories
  • Smart Lighting, Smart City

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Director, IoT Marketing - Asia at ARM
ARM mbed is the idea that the Internet of Things (IoT) is a collaboration between the people who make things, the people who use things and the people who make the services all these things use. ARM ...
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