ARM Launches Accredited Engineer Program Certification

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ARM recently announced a certification program that is specifically tailored to software and hardware engineers working with ARM architectures.

The program, entitled "ARM Accredited Engineer (AAE)" comes at a time when ARM is gaining greater visibility through its penetration on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as in a time when the processors are about to compete for market share on compact notebooks and microservers. ARM said that the certification is designed to provide employers with "quality benchmarks for hiring new staff and measuring the success of training programs."New cert for software and hardware engineers working with ARM architectures.New cert for software and hardware engineers working with ARM architectures.

According to ARM, the AAE certification focuses only on "software-related aspects of the ARMv7 Architecture, with a specific focus on Cortex-A and Cortex-R profiles" and not on Cortex-M systems. The target are developers who already have significant knowledge of the ARM architecture. While AAE is the only certification at this time offered by ARM, the company said it plans on offering at least 11 other, much more specific certifications down the road.

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Among the planned certifications are ARM Accredited MCU Engineer (AAME) to cover ARMv7 Cortex-M, the ARM Accredited Cortex-A Engineer (AACAE) to focus on Cortex-A, ARM Accredited Cortex-R Engineer (AACRE) to extend on the basic AAE certification, AA Windows on ARM Developer (AAWoAD) with a specific focus on Windows 8, as well as similar certifications for Linux and Android.

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