skip to main content
Close Icon We use cookies to improve your website experience.  To learn about our use of cookies and how you can manage your cookie settings, please see our Cookie Policy.  By continuing to use the website, you consent to our use of cookies.
Global Search Configuration

Ovum view


ARM, the leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier, announced it is expanding its safety licensing support across processor families to strengthen their use in automotive applications. ARM aims to deliver IP with automotive industry–approved safety features, thereby making it easier for ARM’s customers to use its processor IP in cars.

ARM advances car safety

Human safety is a major driver for growth of the connected car. Automobiles have to be equipped with numerous real-time sensors, powerful processors, and feedback and control mechanisms to improve driving safety. While the market is only at the beginning of this transition, numerous new applications such as object recognition, adaptive brake, and park assist are expected to proliferate over the next few years.

ARM is a critical supplier to the automotive ecosystem as it supplies IP to semiconductor vendors such as Freescale, Texas Instruments, Xilinx, and Nvidia and to subsystem vendors including Renesas. Increasing the number of chips per automobile is a well-recognized consequence of the connected car, but to effectively implement the new applications, the system rendering the information must be demonstrably of the highest safety level.

ARM’s safety initiative helps facilitate use of its technology in this evolving market. Supporting automotive safety conformance simplifies the task of its partners. This is ARM’s second automotive-focused safety announcement this year. In January it announced the Cortex-R5 processor with safety features. It has now expanded the features to the Cortex-A processors and will expand to Cortex-M processors later this year.

ARM’s processor technology falls under the general category of computer vision and is hence extendable to other market segments that require safety and high processing power, including medical diagnostics and robotics.

Conforming to automotive functional safety is a good move for ARM. It helps its partners get to market faster with reduced cost. Moreover it supports automobile makers in obtaining safety solutions at reasonable cost with short time to market.


Further reading

Connected Consumer Car: Getting There, TE0019-000008 (March 2015)

On the Radar: Freescale, TE0019-000006 (March 2015)

On the Radar: Nvidia, TE0019-000005 (March 2015)

Connecting the cars of the immediate future, TE0019-000001 (January 2015)


Daryl Inniss, Practice Leader, Components

Recommended Articles

  • Internet of Things

    IoT Viewpoints 2018

    IoT Viewpoints explore the IoT opportunity in 2018 and beyond. Download our latest e-book to get our newest collection of thought leadership articles on the emerging IoT trends, technologies and opportunities.

    Topics IoT

  • Consumer & Entertainment Services

    US pay TV: Is it facing an existential threat?

    By Adam Thomas 28 Mar 2018

    With US pay TV having endured the worst year in its history, thoughts have inevitably turned to the future. The likelihood remains that the immediate future will remain highly uncomfortable for everyone except the scaled multinational digital platforms.

  • Enterprise Services

    5G: Another technology in search of enterprise use cases

    By Evan Kirchheimer 26 Apr 2018

    Service provider interest in justifying 5G investment through its potential to open new revenue streams from the enterprise segment is growing ever greater.


Have any questions? Speak to a Specialist

Europe, Middle East & Africa team - +44 (0) 207 017 7700

Asia-Pacific team - +61 (0)3 960 16700

US team - +1 646 957 8878

Email us at

You can also contact your named/allocated Client Services Executive using their direct dial.
PR enquiries - Call us at +44 788 597 5160 or email us at

Contact marketing -

Already an Ovum client? Login to the Knowledge Center now