From the iPhone to the Microsoft Surface: The tech powered by ARM


On any given day there's a decent chance you're within spitting distance of a chip designed by UK tech giant ARM.

The chip designer, which is being acquired by SoftBank for £23.4bn, helped craft the circuitry of processors found in 95 percent of the world's smartphones.

But beyond your phone, ARM-based processors lurk inside many of the machines we use every day -- in tablets, hard drives, digital cameras, broadband hubs, TVs, anti-lock brakes, smart cards and computers controlling factory lines.

Here are some of the most high-profile products that rely on ARM-based processors.

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By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.