A firm which produces the fundamental blueprints on which most microprocessor chips are built is not a normal company.
The firm’s core products are a set of fundamental designs for computer chips called instruction-set architectures (ISAS). Arm sells access to ISAS to the likes of Apple, Qualcomm and Huawei, giving those firms freedom to design and manufacture Arm chips.
Arm’s recipes for computer chips—it designs them but does not make any itself—are the most popular on the planet. “We do drawings of engines and we sell those drawings,” says Mike Muller, ARM’s chief technology officer. Yet Mr Muller’s “drawings” are anything but simple.
Arm typically takes eight years for a new design to go from idea to machine code that can be shipped to licencees.
To keep its design pipeline full of viable new ideas, the firm must constantly forecast the computer industry’s direction. To do so it uses its close, ongoing relationships with big customers. It is in constant discussion with firms that make cars, televisions, fitness trackers, drones and other products. As well as Apple, one of its biggest clients, it talks to credit-card companies such as MasterCard as well as to content distribution networks like Netflix and Disney. All are anticipating their computing requirements many years hence and need Arm’s help to build them. This has turned Arm into a sort of information clearing-house for future computing applications.
What Arm has done to computer industry, is exactly what Open Source Research is planning to do in healthcare informatics. We are designing projects that solve clinical and healthcare challenges using artificial intelligence and advances in information technologies. We design the blueprints that other companies and organisations need to construct their AI/IT driven solutions.
Now the question is why other companies and organisations need Open Source Research designs?
The answer is simple. Designing a AI/IT driven solution is a complex process that require solid knowledge of healthcare/clinical challenges and AI/IT.
Being an open forum, we have the cognitive diversity that ignite innovations. With a vast network of clinicians, researchers and healthcare administrators, we have the knowledge base needed for AI/IT driven solutions.