Ericsson Licenses ARM® Microprocessor Cores for Bluetooth[tm] and Fast Internet Access
CAMBRIDGE, UK and STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - July 31, 2000
ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)] and Ericsson today announced that Ericsson has licensed the ARM7TDMI® processor core for use in its communication products. This agreement will enable Ericsson to re-use the ARM intellectual property among all its divisions, providing greater design and production flexibility for faster time-to-market and reduced development costs.
"Bluetooth[tm] and fast Internet access to the home are key applications for Ericsson, and ARM's proven processor technology will provide an efficient and scalable platform for our high-performance, low-power system-on-chip solutions targeting these markets," said Johan Tingsborg, vice president and general manager for Datacom ICs at Ericsson Microelectronics AB. "By working directly with ARM and our silicon foundry partners, we will be able to further extend our technology leadership while significantly reducing time-to-market for our next-generation consumer communications products through extensive hardware and software re-use across the company."
"This agreement builds upon ARM's existing relationship with Ericsson, and reflects our commitment to aligning with industry leaders in key market segments," said Mike Muller, executive vice president of Business Development for ARM. "As one of the top telecommunications OEMs, with recognized leadership in the wireless, Bluetooth and broadband network markets, Ericsson will bring a new level of innovation in Internet access technologies to the ARM partnership."
ARM® processors range in performance from 60 MHz (54 MIPS) to 175 MHz (200 MIPS), extending to 300 MHz (400+ MIPS) for processor cores currently in development. The cores are noted for performance, small die size, low power consumption, tight code density, and multiple supply sources. Instruction set compatibility between processor families promotes design reuse and reduces software development time.
ARM offers full system-on-chip solutions including processor cores, peripheral intellectual property, development tools, applications software, EDA tools and design services. The ARM architecture is well supported by semiconductor partners, real-time operating system providers, third-party toolchain developers, application software providers and ARM design centers.
Ericsson is the leading communications supplier, combining innovation in mobility and Internet in creating the new era of Mobile Internet. Ericsson provides total solutions covering everything from systems and applications to mobile phones and other communications tools. With more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for customers all over the world.
ARM is the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions. The company licenses high-performance, low-cost, power-efficient RISC processors, peripherals, and system-chip designs to leading international electronics companies. ARM also provides comprehensive support required in developing a complete system. ARM's microprocessor cores are rapidly becoming the volume RISC standard in such markets as portable communications, hand-held computing, multi-media and embedded solutions. More information about ARM is available at www.arm.com
Ericsson Microelectronics is a supplier of world class microelectronic components for wireless applications, broadband communications, fixed access and communication via fiberoptics. The product portfolio also includes miniaturized DC/DC power modules for distributed power architectures.
Ericsson Microelectronics, with its global design,development, manufacturing and sales network, is a leading supplier of products to meet the increasing speed, bandwidth and mobility requirements in the New Telecoms World. For additional information please visit www.ericsson.com/microelectronics