ARM, a Cambridge, England-based company that licenses microprocessor-related technologies, says the total number of processors that use ARM technology now exceeds 10 billion. The first ARM chip shipped back in 1991. The ARM-based chips are in every hot device: the Nokia N95, iPods, the iPhone, TomTom portable GPS systems, even the Nintendo DS. They surely have come a long way, and have benefited from the mobile revolution in a big way. I used to follow this company pretty closely, and once wrote about the race between ARM and MIPS for Forbes.com. ARM has clearly outperformed MIPS over the past decade.