ARM IP enables VeriSilicon to provide high quality 'spec to chip' design services, reducing costs and time to market for customers
Santa Clara, USA and Cambridge, UK - 28th November 2011 - ARM and VeriSilicon Holdings Co. Ltd., a world class IC design foundry and custom silicon solution provider, today announced that VeriSilicon has licensed a wide range of ARM Intellectual Property (IP). This includes selected cores from the high performance, energy-efficient ARM Cortex processor and ARM Mali Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) families, and ARM Artisan® Physical IP. Access to this broad range of ARM IP will enable VeriSilicon to provide its highly differentiated, platform-based system-on-chip (SoC) design and turn-key services. In particular VeriSilicon's specification to chip ('spec to chip') services will support customers in key markets, such as mobile computing, smart-TVs, cloud computing and 'Internet of things'.
Leveraging the latest ARM IP in its SoC platforms, VeriSilicon is able to reduce costs and time to market for customers, whilst ensuring high quality SoC solutions. The agreement includes VeriSilicon licenses for the Cortex-A9 MPCore (with Artisan Processor Optimization Packs [POPs]), Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A5 processors, and ARM Mali-400 MP GPU. Additionally Cortex-R4, Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 processors for use in embedded applications have also been licensed.
"Our customers demand high quality custom silicon solutions delivered in a timely and cost-effective manner," commented Dr. Wayne Dai, President and CEO, VeriSilicon. "This agreement provides VeriSilicon's customers with access to a rich portfolio of ARM IP. Our SoC platforms and world class design capabilities allow us to unleash the performance potential and energy-efficiency of the ARM processors we have licensed. This provides differentiated custom silicon solutions for a range of consumer markets."
As an ARM Partner, VeriSilicon is part of the ARM Connected Community, a global network of over 900 companies with access to a wide variety of resources and aligned to provide optimized solutions based on the ARM architecture. VeriSilicon recently opened one such resource: the first certified ARM Design Center in China.
"Consumers are demanding an increasingly connected life and suppliers of advanced semiconductor solutions must address this requirement for smarter devices," said Tudor Brown, President, ARM. "The new agreement with VeriSilicon will allow their customers to address these consumer demands, and benefit from the ARM architecture and our latest IP. We look forward to working with VeriSilicon as part of the wider ARM ecosystem, and are excited about the potential value of its platform-based "spec to chip" design and turn-key services."
Founded in 2002, VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd. ("VeriSilicon") is a fast growing IC (integrated circuit) design foundry providing custom silicon solutions and SoC (System-on-A-Chip) turnkey services. VeriSilicon's technology solutions combine licensable digital signal processing (ZSP) cores, eDRAM, value-added mixed signal IP portfolio and other star IP into a SoC platform that extends below 40nm process technologies. These platforms benefit a wide range of consumer electronics devices such as cellular phone, media tablet, HDTV, set top box, Blu-ray DVD player, and home gateway. VeriSilicon's design and manufacturing services provide differentiation based on specific customer requirements that range from initial SoC specification and embedded software to backend design implementation and volume production, utilizing multiple foundry partners, assembly and test companies in Asia and US. VeriSilicon currently has research and development centers in Shanghai and Beijing, China; Santa Clara and Dallas, US; Oulu, Finland; with sales and customer support offices in Santa Clara, US; Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen, China; Tokyo, Japan; and Taipei, Taiwan; Seoul, Korea; Nice, France and Munich, Germany. For more information, please visit www.verisilicon.com
ARM designs the technology that is 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, video engines, 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. For more information, please visit http://www.arm.com/