Toshiba adopts Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor, Cortex-R4F processor and other ARM technology
CAMBRIDGE -- May. 21, 2008 -- ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMH)] , today announced a major technology licensing agreement with Toshiba Corporation encompassing the ARM® Cortex™ -A9 processor, the Cortex-R4F processor, NEON™ SIMD technology, PrimeCell® peripherals and CoreSight™ on-chip trace and debugging technology. This comprehensive adoption of ARM technology by Toshiba, and its Cortex-M3 processor license last year (see Toshiba Selects ARM Cortex-M3 Processor For Automotive Applications), will enable the company to provide an ARM Powered® system-on-chip portfolio across the full performance spectrum.
The Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor is ideal for smartphones, mobile internet devices (MIDs) and consumer electronics whereas the Cortex-R4F processor has been designed for embedded use in hard-disk drives, automotive safety systems, mobile baseband, and printer applications.
"This comprehensive licensing agreement adds strategic strength to our ARM Cortex portfolio," said Yasuo Kawahara, General Manager of System LSI Sales and Marketing Division, Toshiba's Semiconductor Company. "We are now positioned to fully respond to market needs by exploiting the total potential of ARM powered system-on-chip solutions. We expect the agreement to make a major contribution to expanding Toshiba's business."
ARM MPCore technology increases performance scalability and control over power consumption, enhancing the functionality of high-performance devices operating within tight power constraints. The Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor is ARM’s second-generation MPCore processor capable of delivering 2.50 DMIPS/MHz per CPU and has been developed to deliver advanced MPCore technology to a breadth of new application markets. To simplify and broaden the adoption of multicore solutions, the Cortex-A9 processor supports system-level coherence with accelerators and DMA to increase performance and reduce power consumption at the system level. The Cortex-R4F processor is designed for deeply embedded applications and provides greater performance than any other processor with similar die size to meet the diverse needs of the embedded microprocessor market.
In addition to the Cortex processors, the agreement included other ARM technology including ARM NEON technology that provides advanced SIMD technology for advanced multimedia, gaming and compute intensive applications; ARM CoreSight on-chip debug and trace technology; and ARM PrimeCell peripheral IP including cache controllers, interrupt controllers and DMA controllers.
“This licensing agreement signifies Toshiba’s firm support for ARM technology,” said Graham Budd, EVP and general manager, Processor Division, ARM. “Our latest agreement with Toshiba demonstrates the continued and ever growing market demand for the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor as well as the Cortex-R4F processor. By leveraging the Cortex family of processors along with the other advanced ARM technology, Toshiba can offer optimized, brand new solutions for every segment of the device market.”
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 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and 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.