IBM's Internet of Things (IoT) ambitions are showing.

The company announced today that it's partnering with chip designer ARM to enable devices built with ARM mbed chips to connect directly to IBM’s IoT platform and analytics.

Devices and products running off ARM chips will be able to connect to the IBM IoT Foundation and deliver data gathered by ARM chips to the IBM cloud and analytics services.

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The objective, the companies explained in a joint statement, will be to speed access to high-end analytics and improve overall IoT operations by connecting what the companies claim is the first unified chip-to-cloud IoT platform on the market.

Krisztian Flautner, General Manager of IoT Business at ARM, noted in a statement that the partnership will simplify IoT deployments and make them “feel like a natural extension of a company's business.”

ARM is a British multinational semiconductor and software design company headquartered in Cambridge, England.

It claims to provide chips to 75 percent of all 32-bit embedded CPUs, which means three out of every four mobile phones worldwide contain an ARM chip, including those manufactured by Apple, HTC, Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung.

It also provides chips for wearables, in-vehicle computing, smart meters, smart cards and home computing among other common goods, all of which will sooner rather than later end up connected to the IoT.

IBM has a dedicated IoT unit within its analytics business. It has ambitions to provide all of the infrastructure, hardware and analytics to organizations that want to connect to the IoT.

This new partnership dovetails with those ambitions by connecting chips, the information harvested by chips and IBM IoT Foundation.

IBM IoT Foundation is a platform of fully managed, cloud-hosted offerings on the SoftLayer Infrastructure and provides:

  • Access to all IBMs analytics tools
  • Access to IBM Bluemix, IBM's Platform-as-a-Service, that can handle massive data sets data with anytime access for decision makers; and
  • Security systems capable of helping organizations protect IoT

From a services perspective, IBM has also announced IoT for Electronics, a set of industry-specific services to manage the connections with the sensors that this partnership will create.

The services will enable electronics manufacturers to gather data from individual sensors that can be combined with other data for real time analysis.

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