Samsung to gain access to key ARM Intellectual Property
CAMBRIDGE, UK and SEOUL, KOREA -- July 15, 2002 – ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of embedded RISC processor technology, and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication and digital technology, today announced an extension to their strategic partnership with a new licensing agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Samsung will gain full access to all IP to be developed independently by ARM for future generation products.
Samsung has previously licensed a number of key technologies from ARM, including a number of CPU cores and PrimeCell® peripherals. In recognition of the proven strengths of the ARM® architecture, Samsung is adopting ARM as a 32-bit RISC processor. Through this license, the company will gain access to all CPU cores, PrimeCell peripherals, AMBA® Design Kit (ADK), AMBA Compliance Testbench (ACT), application software, and the ARM MOVE™ co-processor. Samsung and ARM will also jointly develop product roadmaps utilizing the ARM architecture.
"Samsung's decision to utilize the ARM architecture is one of the largest endorsements we have ever received from a Partner, and will further strengthen momentum for ARM technology in key market sectors including wireless, consumer entertainment, security and networking," said Warren East, CEO, ARM. "This agreement comes at an especially important time for ARM as we continue to expand our presence in the Asia-Pacific market."
Samsung's goal is to become a world-leading IC provider in wireless, mobile, networking, consumer entertainment and security markets. To facilitate this, one of Samsung's aims is to significantly reduce time-to-market. Samsung expects to deliver an ARM10™ core family-based device running at 800MHz in the second half of 2002 and an ARM10 core family-based device running at a minimum of 1GHz in early 2003. It also expects to introduce an ARM SecurCore™ SC200™ core-based smart card product in mid-2003.
" Samsung has already achieved considerable success with products based on the ARM architecture and we see ARM technology as one of the most established, technically advanced building blocks for future digital electronics," said Dr. Hyung-Lae Roh, executive vice president of SoC development in System LSI division, Samsung Electronics. "We aim to focus our efforts on mobile and digital multimedia product development in areas such as PDAs, smartphones, 2.5G/3G handsets and networking. Integrating the ARM technology into our product portfolio will accelerate the introduction of Samsung solutions into the highly-demanding and unique market of next-generation electronic products. We are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with ARM "
About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, and digital convergence technology. Samsung Electronics employs approximately 64,000 people in 89 offices in 47 countries. Samsung Electronics is the world's largest producer of memory chips, Display Driver ICs, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones, monitors and VCRs. Samsung Electronics consists of four main business units: Digital Media Network, Device Solution Network, Telecommunication Network and Digital Appliance Network Businesses. For more information, please visit the web site, http://samsungelectronics.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-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 http://www.arm.com .
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