Licensing agreement accelerates access to ARM 32-bit cores on Chartered's
semiconductor manufacturing processes
MILPITAS, Calif., US and CAMBRIDGE, UK – June 24, 2002 – Chartered
Semiconductor Manufacturing [(Nasdaq: CHRT); (SGX-ST: Chartered)], one
of the world's top three semiconductor foundries, and ARM [(LSE: ARM);
(Nasdaq: ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded
RISC processor technology, today announced that Chartered has joined the
ARM Foundry Program. Through the Program, Chartered has licensed the ARM7TDMI®
core and the ARM946E™ core, two of the most popular 32-bit RISC ARM®
microprocessors, on processes ranging from 0.25 micron to 90 nanometer.
This agreement also enables Chartered to have access to the ARM1022E™ core
for future designs.
Additionally, Chartered announced that the ARM cores will be used as
part of the development and qualification of their product solutions. As
the first foundry to announce the use of ARM cores as qualification vehicles,
ARM cores will be silicon-validated on technologies from Chartered ahead
of customer engagement, speeding time-to-market, and lowering risk in today's
competitive system-on-chip (SoC) semiconductor market.
"Bringing Chartered Semiconductor on board as an ARM approved foundry
further demonstrates our commitment to expanding the choices available
in the ARM Foundry Program," said Bryn Parry, general manager, IP Products,
ARM. "Chartered's renowned expertise in mixed-signal manufacturing will
be extremely valuable to our Partners in key convergence application markets,
where our cores have established themselves as integral to a wide variety
of successful products."
Total Product Solutions Approach to SoC
The relationship with ARM underscores Chartered's "total product solutions"
approach, which provides customers access to the key blocks required to
develop SoC products. These blocks include leading edge and mainstream
manufacturing technologies, as well as advanced design kits consisting
of standard cell and input/output (I/O) libraries, and third-party intellectual
property (IP) components and mixed-signal process design kits (PDK).
Chartered has successfully built designs with ARM cores on various process
technology nodes for multiple customers who have a full implementation
ARM license. This agreement provides ARM Partners in the Foundry Program
with access to the same cost effective, silicon processes at Chartered.
This access, along with having the ARM cores silicon proven, provides a
time-saving and lower cost approach for processor-based designs to be manufactured
"Adding silicon-proven ARM cores to our SoC product solutions is an
important step for Chartered's IP access strategy that provides companies
with greater flexibility and freedom of choice in their system solutions,"
said Michael Buehler-Garcia, vice president of Business Development and
Worldwide Marketing at Chartered. "This type of licensing agreement also
reduces the barriers to entry that often hinder companies from being able
to take advantage of the powerful capabilities of ARM microprocessor technology,
and provides broader access to the critical building blocks needed to develop
new devices for the converging communications, computing and consumer electronics
The ARM7TDMI core delivers exceptional 32/16-bit code density and super
low-power consumption, while the ARM946E core includes ARM DSP extensions
and Harvard caches for high-performance embedded applications.
Today's announcement builds upon the recent series of IP initiatives
by Chartered with the Virtual Component Exchange, Unive and Fujitsu Digital
Technologies focused on ensuring open access to "hardened" mixed-signal
and analog IP. These efforts are now complemented with early access to
ARM cores for Chartered's most advanced semiconductor processes.
Design kits for Chartered processes will be available beginning this
month for the ARM7TDMI core and for the ARM946E core in the third quarter
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, one of the world's top three
silicon foundries, is forging a customized approach to outsourced semiconductor
manufacturing by building lasting and collaborative partnerships with its
customers. The Company provides flexible and cost-effective manufacturing
solutions for customers, enabling the convergence of communications, computing
and consumer applications. In Singapore, Chartered operates five fabrication
facilities and has a sixth fab in the process of being developed as a 300mm
A company with both global presence and perspective, Chartered is traded
on both the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: CHRT) and on the Singapore Exchange
(SGX-ST: CHARTERED). Chartered's 4,000 employees are based at 12 locations
around the world. Information about Chartered can be found at www.charteredsemi.com.
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.
About the ARM Foundry Program
The ARM Foundry Program is an innovative business model that enables
original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in emerging markets to gain access
to ARM processor technology for use in the design and manufacture of advanced
system-on-chip (SoC) solutions. There are currently 40 Partners in the
Foundry Program, which was launched in 2000. ARM now offers the ARM7TDMI
core, the ARM922T™ core, the ARM946E core
and the ARM1022E core through the Program.
The Foundry Program offers a flexible partnership model that accelerates
the time-to-market for ARM core-based designs and enables OEMs, which do
not have access to fabrication facilities, to work directly with an approved
ARM semiconductor foundry. Unlike a traditional ARM license, where a licensee
gains both manufacturing and design rights, the ARM Foundry Program builds
a three-way Partnership between ARM, an approved silicon foundry, and an
ARM and ARM7TDMI are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. ARM946E,
ARM1022E and ARM922T are trademarks of ARM Limited. All other brands or
product names are the property of their respective holders. "ARM" is used
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company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM
Korea Ltd.; ARM, Taiwan; and ARM France SAS.