Ship-Shape Then and Now

Welcome to our ARM TechCon Issue

“Ship-shape” is a term I became curious about as I prepared to introduce the content in this issue, one you may be reading between attending presentations at ARM TechCon by Uber, the San Francisco 49ers, and of course ARM.

We all know what ship-shape means, but when did the English language first need the word? Turns out “ship-shape” likely came into use [1] around the same time as the English Civil War, something caused in part by the way Charles I appropriated the money he spent on “Navy Royal” ship modernization [2]. Perhaps the timing was coincidental, but doesn’t it make sense that with big bucks sunk into your ships, you’d minimize the risk to sailors’ lives and to the ship that could be caused by poorly stored rigging or other sloppiness?

There’s a bit more involved than just putting the rigging away tidily for today’s efforts at creating autonomous cars, robots and other devices. But see if you don’t agree that the “ship-shape” principle applies when you read ARM Cortex-R52: Meeting the Challenge of Autonomous Systems by Senior Editor Caroline Hayes in this issue.

Linux Won’t Just Dial It In…

…when it comes to making the automotive experience more like the smartphone experience. That is what Executive Editor Lynnette Reese makes clear in Move Over Apple Car; Linux is Going to Drive. This is a must-read for anyone curious about the Automotive Grade Linux open source project and its plans for In-Vehicle Infotainment, Heads Up Displays, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Autonomous Vehicles.

Also on the topic of Linux, we hear from the CEO of Bay Area start up Layered Insight about Linux Containers and the isolation requirements of embedded devices—whether in our homes, carried by us or worn by us.

All well and good for the security of embedded devices, but we do not want to be isolated from your comments about any of the articles in this issue—including one which argues the strengths of Embedded FPGAs and another on the benefits that ARM architecture lends to GPGPUs in the defense sector. Happy reading here, at, and at

1 Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian.

1 Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian.


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