SEOUL, KOREA AND CAMBRIDGE, UK – Feb. 23, 2006 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leader in advanced semiconductor technology and ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], today announced that Samsung is offering ARM® Metro™ low-power products, part of its Artisan® family of physical IP, for 65-nanometer (nm) low-power process that is a part of the Common Platform enablement. The Common Platform is both leading-edge process technology and design enablement that can be leveraged for multi-sourcing flexibility by customers of IBM, Chartered and Samsung. The announcement enhances Samsung’s extensive ASIC and strategic foundry businesses by enabling leading-edge design and manufacturing solutions, and broadens the ecosystem development efforts between IBM, Chartered, and Samsung on 65nm process technology.
ARM Metro IP includes standard cells, I/Os and multiple memory compilers that are optimized for low-power SoC designs. The Metro IP includes ARM’s extensive set of views and models providing integration with many of the industry’s leading electronic design automation (EDA) tools. Additionally, the ARM physical IP incorporates the combined expertise of ARM, IBM, Chartered and Samsung in addressing the complexities of power management and design for manufacturability. Complete set of ARM physical IP products are expected to be available in March, 2006 for download from ARM’s web site, free of charge, to customers in the 65nm process.
“Through our continued strong relationship with ARM, we can now offer our ASIC and foundry customers a proven low-power IP solution to meet their design requirements,” said Dr. Ben Suh, vice president of ASIC/Foundry Business Development, System LSI division, Samsung Electronics. “Additionally, our agreement with ARM supports the strategy that we have in place with IBM and Chartered to provide customers with advanced design solutions and manufacturing flexibility.”
“Not only is Samsung one of the top global semiconductor companies, they are also a key ARM processor licensee,” said Neal Carney, vice president of Marketing, Physical IP, ARM. “Extending our relationship with Samsung to include physical IP enables complete IP solutions addressing the challenges of implementing complex systems in silicon at 65nm.”
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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2005 parent company sales of US$56.7 billion and net income of US$7.5 billion. Employing approximately 128,000 people in over 90 offices in 51 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com
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.