ARM stands for Advanced RISC Machines. It is a group of reduced instruction set computing (RISC) architectures for computer processors. It makes 32-bit & 64-bit RISC multi-core processors. It has simplified design, which enables more efficient multicore processing & easier coding for developers. It is supported by a toolkit, which includes an assembler, C and C++ compilers, a linker, software testing & benchmarking, an instruction set emulator for hardware modeling, and a symbolic debugger. It has 37 registers: one program counter register, one current program status register, five saved program status register and 30 general purpose register. Its general series starts from ARM7 to ARM11, which includes many features such as data tightly coupled memory, memory management unit (MMU), micro processing unit (MPU), cache, etc. Some examples of this series are ARM7TDMI, ARM926EJ-S and ARM11 MPCore, etc.
The key features are included low power, high performance, high code density, large register file, small in size (ideal for embedded systems), small instruction sets, conditional execution of instructions, load/store instructions, most instructions executable in single cycle, fixed length instructions, built-in circuit for hardware debugging and digital signal processor (DSP) enhanced instructions.
According to study, “Global ARM Microprocessor Market Size study, by Type (8 bit, 16 bit, 32 bit, 64 bit, Others), by Application (Consumer Electronics, Server, Automotive, Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), Aerospace & Defense, Medical, Industrial, Others) and Regional Forecasts 2018-2025” the key companies operating in the global ARM microprocessor market are Intel Corporation, IBM Corporation, Nvidia Corporation, Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated, Microchip Technology Incorporated, NXP Semiconductors.
Based on instruction sets, ARM microprocessor market is segmented into 8 bit instruction set, 16 bit instruction set, 32 bit instruction set and 64 bit instruction set. Based on processor mode type, market is segmented into FIQ (Fast Interrupt Request), Abort, IRQ (Interrupt Request), User, Supervisor (SVC), System and Undef. Based on load/store instruction, market is segmented into LDM/STM (load multiple/store multiple), LDR/STR (load register/store register) and SWP (Swap). Based on marketing channel, market is segmented into direct marketing, indirect marketing and customers. Based on conditional flags, market is segmented into carry flag (C), negative flag (N), overflow flag (V), saturation flag (Q) and zero flag (Z). Based on application, market is segmented into smartphones, servers, personal computers, embedded devices, tablets and others. In addition, based on end-use, market is segmented into consumer electronics, banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), server, aerospace & defense, automotive, industrial and medical.
The ARM microprocessor market is driven by increase in impact of Internet-of-Things (IoT), followed by rise in popularity of smartphones & tablets and higher adoption of technologies. However, advent of low value mobile gadgets and high cost associated with the raw material may impact the market. Moreover, rise in usage of electronics in automobiles is a key opportunity for market.
Based on geography, The North-American region holds major share, followed by European region in ARM microprocessor market owing to presence of leading market players and huge spending for continuous research & development (R&D) in the region. The Asian-Pacific region is expected to witness higher growth rate due to huge IT spending by government and growth in demand for cloud-based services over the forecast period.
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