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ARM has announced an mbed device platform to promote development on Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Called the ARM mbed™ IoT Device Platform, it includes the mbed OS, a free operating system for ARM Cortex®-M processor-based devices, and mbed Device Server, designed to “provides the required server-side technologies to connect and manage devices in a secure way.”

ARM Cortex-M processors are 32-bit RISC processors designed for use in IoT-like devices, and are explicitly designed to be energy-efficient.

Though the mbed OS will be free, the server component of the mbed platform is a “licensable product.” ARM describes mbed OS as “well-suited to run in the energy constrained environments,” and that it “includes the connectivity, security and device management functionalities required in every IoT device.”

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The mbed Device Server, much like a standard Web server, brings Web services to IoT devices and is built using several Open Source protocols. To help spur development on the ARM mbed™ IoT Device Platform, ARM is developing what it called mbed Tools, which includes “command-line build, component management and test tools that provide a platform toolkit that can handle the complexity and collaboration requirements of Internet of Things (IoT).” That also includes a Cloud-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE). If ARM really wants to see the mbed™ IoT Device Platform become very popular, me thinks the mbed Device Server, just like the mbed OS, should be free.

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The first alpha version of mbed OS is scheduled for release in December (2014), with a stable version due in October 2015. This screenshot shows the complete release schedule.
mbed OS for IoT devices

An mbed-enabled single board computer from Atmel. Complete information about the mbed™ IoT Device Platform is available at mbed.org. You may read the release announcement here.

mbed single board computer
An mbed-enabled single board computer (SBC) from Atmel

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