The ARM-ICC incubator platform enables small- and medium-sized Chinese fabless companies to innovate in SoC designs
SHANGHAI, CHINA AND CAMBRIDGE, UK – Sept. 12, 2006 – Shanghai Anchuang Information Technology Co., Ltd (“Anchuang”), a Chinese advanced information security solution provider, and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], today announced that Anchuang has licensed the ARM7TDMI® processor through the ARM® Foundry Program for security-related SoC designs. With this licensing agreement, Anchuang becomes the first commercial success from the Shanghai Research Center for IC Design(“ICC”), ARM’s incubator Partner in China. Anchuang’s ARM Powered® product is now available for engineering sampling.
Since its first licensing of an ARM processor in 2003, ICC, the Chinese government-supported IC design industrialization center, has been working closely with ARM as an incubator Partner to offer small- and medium-sized fabless companies a comprehensive platform where they can access CPU IP, EDA tools, MPW and foundry sampling services for advanced SoC development. The Incubator Business Model has enabled businesses to develop market-specific, innovative system designs while reducing the financial and design risks.
“By leveraging the ARM technology available through the ICC for advanced security-related applications, Anchuang has been able to launch its new technology in the market quickly and has achieved broad commercial acceptance,” said Professor Yujie Zhou, chief architect, Anchuang. “This program has been instrumental in helping Anchuang offer our customers relevant and innovative products.”
“Chinese IC design companies are striving to achieve stronger competitiveness in the global market by designing more innovative products,” said Dr Jun Tan, president, ARM China. “Through the ICC, companies can benefit from the incubator business model by starting with lower startup costs in the initial design phase and applying for an ARM license for commercialization once their products succeed. This agreement with Anchuang proves the effectiveness of our incubator program and we will continue to be committed to driving Chinese companies’ innovations.”
Founded in 2002 by the Information Centre of Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission and Shanghai Jiaotong University Information Security Chip Design Lab, Shanghai Anchuang Information Technology Co., Ltd (Anchuang) is a high-technology company that develop, design, manufacture and sell turnkey security-related applications. Anchuang has strong R&D capacity in low-end smart security chips, specific cryptogram ASIC chips, high-end information security SoC chips designs and chip security protections. For more information, please visit http://www.anchsafe.com.
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Shanghai Research Center for IC Design was established in Mar. 2000 by Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality. ICC focuses on promoting IC Design industry to keep durative rapid development. ICC’s public service platform, providing full services to improve design quality and cut the cost, was opened to all IC design enterprises. The major services of ICC are Multi-Project-Wafer (MPW) , Project Management, etc. Up to now, ICC has provided services to over 300 IC design enterprises and institutions in China on more than 700 projects. In addition, ICC is a vice council director of China Semiconductor Industry Association IC Design Branch, a vice council director of Shanghai IC Industry Association. The headquarters of ICC locates at Shanghai Hi-tech King World, and it has a branch office in Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park. For more information, please visit http://www.icc.sh.cn..
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from mobile, home and enterprise solutions to embedded and emerging applications. 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 www.arm.com