CAMBRIDGE, UK – July 19, 2005 – ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] today announced that Renesas Technology Corp., one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world, has licensed the ARM1136JF-S™ processor for use in its future devices for advanced mobile phone designs, and the ARM946E-S™ processor for use in its application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for consumer applications. By licensing these proven, high-performance ARM® processors, Renesas Technology will be able to reduce time-to-market while providing its customers with value-added solutions that support rigorous device security, media acceleration and portability requirements.
The mobile and consumer device markets continue to evolve rapidly, creating an increased need for OEMs to deliver feature-rich devices faster and at lower cost. To help their OEM customers meet consumer demands for feature-rich devices, companies are increasingly turning to ARM to provide them with a proven technology foundation to help speed development time. A June 2005 Gartner report, "Strong Growth Returns to the Market for Semiconductor IP," notes that semiconductor IP revenue increased 21 percent in 2004 compared to 2003. Gartner also reported that microprocessors make up the largest part of the semiconductor IP market, and that ARM holds the largest share of the market at 25 percent.
"By selecting ARM technology, which has a high market reputation, for our core lineup for next-generation SoC development for mobile phones and consumer devices, we now have the performance, flexibility and solution to meet our customer needs," said Yutaka Tanaka, department manager of Mobile Product Marketing Department, System Solution Business Unit 2, of Renesas Technology.
"Developing increasingly feature-rich devices poses significant technical challenges for consumer electronics designers," said Takafumi Nishijima, president, ARM KK "Through this licensing agreement, we take a significant step forward by providing Renesas with proven ARM technology that will enable them to meet the demands for new mobile phones and ASIC designs in the ever-changing consumer market faster and at lower cost. The licensing of this technology by a leading company such as Renesas is further acknowledgement of the wide acceptance of ARM technology in the Japanese market."
The ARM946E-S synthesizable macrocell is well suited to a wide range of embedded applications. Select features include a combination of flexible instruction and data caches, instruction and data tightly coupled memory (TCM) interfaces, a protection unit, and an AMBA® interconnect-compliant AHB interface. In addition to those technologies, the award-winning ARM1136JF-S processor features media extensions, ARM Jazelle® acceleration technology, and ARM Thumb® code compression technology.
Renesas Technology will use the ARM946E-S processor at the heart of its consumer device ASIC designs, and the ARM1136JF-S processor for application processors for 3G mobile phone designs.
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, 3D processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed connectivity products. Combined with the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.
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