To secure your data you have to secure the device

Connecting devices to the internet, or to each other carriers significant security risks. While it may not be a core feature of a consumer product, how we tackle security is going to affect how the internet of things develops.

John Doerr says Google is designing its own chips and Facebook is next

According to venture legend John Doerr, Google is designing its own silicon for its data centers. But he stopped short of confirming rumors that the search giant was designing ARM-based chips as was reported in December. Doerr, speaking at a chip conference, also said that Facebook would be next. He’s right. Computing is the primary cost for Google, Amazon Web Services and Facebook and designing their own silicon could lower that cost. And thanks to more modular designs and advances in the ARM architecture, the cost of designing custom chips has fallen into a range where the benefits outweigh design costs.

ARM’s taking market share and making gains

Chip licensing firm ARM shared its financial results Tuesday and it’s seeing some strong gains in the overall chip market. Its 2013 licensing revenue (from companies that pay ARM to use its chip designs) is up 32 percent year-over-year, while the overall growth of the chip industry was at 4.8 percent. So while the chip market is expanding, ARM is growing faster. However it’s growing from a much smaller base with total 2013 revenue of $1.12 billion compared to the industry’s sales of $305.58 billion. That’s a lot of chips.

Facebook hints at ARM server deployment too

First it was rumors of Google building ARM-based servers, and now a post on the blog dedicated to Facebook’s HipHop Virtual Machine for PHP
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notes how its translation engine plays a “crucial in our efforts to get hhvm running on ARM processors.” Indeed if Facebook wants to implement ARM-based cores it will have to ensure its hhvm code runs on top of them. Facebook(s fb) has floated the idea of other architectures for years, testing Tilera chips and also deploying a board design that makes it easy to swap out processors. It’s really only a matter of time before we see a lot of ARM in places only x86 used to be.