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 chief reporter for TechRepublic. He writes about the technology that IT decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.