ELSTREE, England, January 12, 2006 – ARC International (LSE: ARK) today announced that TTPCom Limited, (TTPCom), the world’s leading independent supplier of digital wireless technology, has taken a license for a configurable ARC™ 700 core. TTPCom has incorporated an ARC 700 processor together with its proven baseband technology to develop a highly optimized system-on-chip (SoC) design for its 3G Cellular Baseband Engine (CBEmacro) product.
Embedding an ARC 700 core within the CBEmacro modem design allows TTPCom to offer a more complete modem solution. CBEmacro 3G significantly reduces engineering effort and time-to-market for semiconductor vendors developing 3G SoC solutions. Furthermore, licensees of the CBEmacro will benefit from market leading die size, power and performance.
“TTPCom’s continued adoption of configurable processors demonstrates the technology’s growth into applications that previously were dominated by fixed architecture microprocessors,” said Derek Meyer, senior vice president of sales and marketing for ARC International. “ARC’s comprehensive configurable product and Support offerings help our expanding roster of customers ensure their ARC-Based products have the competitive edge needed to increase share of high growth consumer applications.”
“Since 2004 our development teams have been using ARC’s configurable technology as a component of our baseband technology, creating a more efficient and less gate intensive design,” said Julian Hildersley, managing director of TTPCom’s Silicon Business Unit.
The Configurable ARC™ 700 Core Family
The configurable ARC 700 core family delivers the most power- and area-efficient 32-bit CPU and DSP processors in its performance class in a unified RISC architecture. At up to 700MHz and more than 1068 DMIPS performance in a 90 nanometer process, cores within the ARC 700 family meet the needs of the most demanding SoC applications, such as graphics, media codecs and packet processing. The 700 core family also makes an ideal platform for devices requiring high-end embedded OS’s such as Linux. Standard features include DSP instructions, RTOS and secure processing support. ARC’s XY Advanced DSP subsystem, Memory Management Unit and FPX floating point extensions are available options for each core.
Using ARC’s patented configurable CPU technology, SoC designers can easily optimize an ARC processor for their specific applications. Features and instructions can be added or removed to achieve a highly differentiated solution that consumes less power and less silicon area, and is unique and proprietary to its creator. For additional information, visit www.ARC.com.
About TTPCom CBEmacro 3G
CBEmacro 3G is a multimode cellular baseband engine, providing a complete communications sub-system for GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA and HSDPA (Cat 6, 8 & 10). The CBEmacro 3G modem design is delivered pre-verified and warranted, enabling licensees to bring size and price competitive baseband SoC products to market more rapidly.
With 10 offices and development centres around the world, TTPCom Ltd. is the principal operating subsidiary of TTP Communications plc (LSE: TTC). The company develops intellectual property used in the design and manufacture of wireless communication terminals. TTPCom licenses its technology to leading semiconductor and terminal manufacturers worldwide, including Analog Devices, Intel, LG, NEC, Renesas, Sharp and Siemens.
TTPCom has established a world leading position with its GPRS, EDGE and 3G protocol software; offers rapid customisation of handsets through its AJAR applications framework; and develops both radio and baseband cellular engines through its Macro products. More than 40 million devices using TTPCom technology were shipped during 2004. More information can be found on TTPCom's website at: www.ttpcom.com.
About ARC International
ARC International is the world leader in low-power, high-performance 32-bit configurable CPU/DSP processor cores, subsystems, real-time operating systems and development tools for embedded system design. ARC’s patented configurable CPU technology assists customers in the development of next generation digital media, consumer and communications devices, resulting in lower cost, higher performance SoC products.
ARC International maintains a worldwide presence with corporate offices in San Jose, California, USA and Elstree, UK. The company has research and development offices located in England and the United States. For more information please visit the ARC website at: www.ARC.com. ARC International is listed on the London Stock Exchange as ARC International plc (LSE: ARK).