CAMBRIDGE, UK AND TAIPEI, TAIWAN – June 23, 2003 – ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor solutions, and MediaTek Inc., today announced that MediaTek has licensed the ARM926EJ-S™ microprocessor core for use in future integrated circuits (ICs) targeted at the consumer entertainment market. MediaTek is an existing ARM® Partner having licensed the ARM7TDMI® core in March 2002, and this licensing agreement extends the technology relationship between the two companies. By licensing this core, MediaTek now has the opportunity to add improved Java functionality to its next generation of products targeted at applications such as DVD players and home audio systems.
ARM now has a total of 14 Partners in Taiwan, with eight of these taking a license for an additional core.
"The designs we have produced based on the industry-leading ARM7TDMI core have been very well received by our customers and we look forward to extending our range of ARM core-based products," said M.K. Tsai, chairman, MediaTek. "The ARM926EJ-S core will enable us to continue to develop our product range and add support for the Java functionality that our customers, particularly in the consumer space, are demanding."
"The market for consumer entertainment products is advancing rapidly and the need to run Java applications within these products is taking on more and more importance," said Philip Lu, president, ARM Taiwan. "The Java functionality that the ARM926EJ-S core offers will enable MediaTek to bring enriched media content to home entertainment devices in a world where advanced, feature-rich services are becoming prevalent."
The ARM926EJ-S core contains ARM Jazelle® technology that accelerates Java execution, as measured by Embedded Caffeine Mark, by up to 8 times compared to a fully software-based JVM. It can also run diverse platform operating systems, such as Linux, Palm OS, Windows CE and Symbian OS, in mobile phones or other applications. The ARM926EJ-S core is fully synthesizable, enabling it to be applied to several generations of process technology. It also features selectable size instruction and data caches, and instruction and data tightly-coupled memory interfaces. To further ease development of a complex SoC an Embedded Trace Macrocell (ETM) interface, and an AMBA™AHB (Advanced High-Performance Bus) on-chip interconnect interface are also provided.
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 MediaTek Inc.
MediaTek Inc. is a leading provider of total solution for optical storage and digital consumer semiconductor. Founded in 1997 and headquartered at Hsin-Chu Science Park, Taiwan, MediaTek is now one of the world's top 10 IC fabless companies and the world's largest chipset supplier of CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW and DVD player. The Company's common stock is traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under the code 2454. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at www.mtk.com.tw.
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