There was a time when ARM was a bit player in the silicon world. CEO Warren East helped to change that.
East has held the CEO job at ARM since 2001, overseeing 12 years of rapid growth that has seen ARM usage skyrocket in usage. ARM is broadly used in consumer electronics and is now ramping up to be a major player in the server world as well. ARM Holdings today announced that the East era is coming to an end, though, as he'll be retiring from ARM effective July 1st.
John Buchanan, Chairman of ARM Holdings plc, said in a statement that East transformed ARM during his time as CEO.
"In 2001 ARM had one processor product line found mainly in mobile phones," Buchanan said. "Now ARM provides the broadest portfolio of technologies in the industry, used by more than 300 semiconductor customers in nearly 9 billion chips last year. "
Over the course of the past 12 years, ARM Holdings has earned royalties on over 40 billion ARM-based chips.
ARM recently reported its full year fiscal 2012 earnings, with revenue reported at $913 million, which is up from $785 million in fiscal 2011.
East is set to be succeeded by the current president of ARM, Simon Segars. Segars is no stranger to ARM and has been with the group since 1991.
Multiple server vendors are currently exploring ARM options. Dell has what it calls Zinc, which is now being tested by the Apache Foundation as a hyperscale server infrastructure.
Zinc leverages ARM silicon produced by ARM vendor Calxeda. HP is also actively testing out the Calxeda ARM-based server platform.
The primary operating system that vendors are gearing up for ARM deployments is currently Linux, thanks in part to the multi-stakeholder Linaro Linux Enterprise Group effort launched in November of 2012.