Ultra-high reliability radiation-hardened chips mean new products and improved performance for space, aircraft and military applications
CAMBRIDGE, UK AND CHARLOTTE, NC - Apr. 18, 2002 – ARM (LSE:ARM) (Nasdaq:ARMHY), the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor technology and Goodrich Corporation, announced today that Goodrich has licensed the ARM7TDMI-S™ core. The agreement will enable ultra-high reliability and radiation hardened system-on-chip (SoC) solutions to be designed specifically for severe environment applications. The technology involved in the agreement allows for aerospace and other space-based computers/chips to withstand severe radiation with the added benefit of being able to support low-power applications.
Goodrich expects to have ARM Powered® SoC solutions available in 2002. The first product to feature the licensed technology will be Goodrich's microRadTM processor, an integrated 32-bit processor SoC solution developed jointly with the Space Vehicles Directorate Air Force Research Laboratory for space and other harsh environments. This product and its derivatives will be used by designers of avionics for spacecraft, aircraft and defense systems, where affordability, reliability and radiation hardening are of the highest priority.
In addition, Goodrich is currently negotiating with several leading aerospace companies for insertion of this technology into their systems. "The combination of Goodrich and ARM® technology is designed to correct errors induced by radiation in real-time without any loss of performance," said Tim Canales, director of Special Technologies and Projects, Goodrich. "The microRad™ processor is base-lined for several complex integrated space flight systems where mean time between failure will be measured in the hundreds of thousands of hours."
Goodrich has designed the microRad™ processor to further its position as a leader in applied engineering for in-flight space data and control electronics. Starting from the ARM implementation and then adding features that are unique for aerospace applications, Goodrich offers a central processing unit that will dramatically increase the reliability of these systems and at an attractive price.
"Goodrich chose ARM because it offers the most widely-used and proven processor core technology in the industry for embedded real-time applications and a progressive growth path to higher performance solutions," said David Lung, vice president, Optical and Space Systems division, Goodrich. "This brings distinct advantages to our products and the aerospace industry as a whole."
"The ARM Partnership business model has evolved significantly over the past 11 years, enabling us to support our Partners' very specific, custom design requirements," said Mike Muller, CTO, ARM. "Goodrich's position in the aerospace industry, as well as its technical expertise and reputation for innovation, make them a significant addition to the ARM Partnership. They will help drive momentum for the ARM architecture in an entirely new range of applications."
About ARM Cores
ARM processors range in performance from 60 MHz (54 MIPS) to 1 GHz (1200+ MIPS). 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.
The ARM7TDMI-S core is a synthesizable version of the industry-proven ARM7TDMI® core, which incorporates the Thumb® instruction set to enable 32-bit performance at 16-bit system cost.
About Goodrich Corporation
With 2001 aerospace sales of $4.2 billion, Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) is a leading worldwide supplier of aerospace components, systems and services. The company plans to spin off its engineered industrial products business to shareholders early in the second quarter of 2002. Goodrich is ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the "Most Admired" aerospace companies and is included on Forbes magazine's "Platinum List" of America's best big companies. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the company employs 23,000 people worldwide. For more information visit http://www.goodrich.com.
About ARM ENDS
ARM is the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions. The company licenses its high-performance, low-cost, power-efficient RISC processors, peripherals, and system-on-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 a volume RISC standard in such markets as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded solutions. More information on ARM is available at www.arm.com.
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