Cambridge, UK and Tokyo, Japan – Feb. 25, 2004 -- ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], the industry’s leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions, and Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6703), one of the leading system-on-chip (SoC) providers in Japan, today announced that Oki has licensed the ARM946E-S™ microprocessor core for use in digital consumer and automotive applications. Through the agreement, Oki enhances its CPU-core line-up with ARM® technology. Oki also plans to introduce ASIC SoCs based on Oki µPLAT®946, an integrated platform based on the ARM946E-S core, for digital consumer and automotive application markets by March 2004.
Oki has been an ARM Partner since 1995, when it licensed the industry-leading ARM7TDMI® core and the company continues to license and incorporate ARM technology into its ASICs and µPLAT integrated platform.
“As a key industry standard technology, we have selected ARM microprocessors for Oki’s µPLAT integrated SoC development platform, and have been expanding our portfolio accordingly,” said Akira Kamo, president of the Silicon Solutions Company at Oki Electric. “Oki has made the SoC field one of its top business priorities in response to customer demands, and ARM microprocessors are an integral part of this business strategy.”
“Working closely with Oki, ARM technology is widely used through Oki’s µPLAT integrated platform,” said Takio Ishikawa, president, ARMKK. “This announcement demonstrates the rapidly increasing ARM presence in the digital consumer and automotive markets.”
The ARM946E-S core is a synthesizable macrocell, widely used in embedded applications which require a good level of processing performance from a low-cost, and low-power solution. The core has features needed in the embedded market such as flexible instruction and data caches, Tightly Coupled Memory (TCM) interfaces, AMBA™ AHB bus interfaces, a memory protection unit (MPU) supporting real time operating systems (RTOS), and interfaces for the Embedded Trace Macrocell (ETM9™) solution, enabling real-time trace of instructions and data. The ETM9 interface enables OKI to connect an existing ETM9 solution that they have already licensed to the microprocessor to give them the ability to do real-time debug. The Cache and TCM memory sizes are configurable in accordance with the needs of many embedded applications. These characteristics make the microprocessor core an ideal fit for applications requiring high processing capabilities, such as digital home appliances, automotive applications, digital cameras, and printers.
Through the incorporation of the µPLAT technology based on the ARM946E-S core, Oki will accelerate the speed of its SoC development.
Based on Oki's Silicon Platform Architecture (SPA) concept and with the ARM CPU as its core, µPLAT is an integrated platform and design environment that enables significant reduction in SoC development time. Consisting of three basic platforms, ARM CPU-based hardware, software, and serviceware, µPLAT provides a total solution for SoC developers.
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 http://www.arm.com
About Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
Founded more than a century ago in 1881, Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. is Japan's first telecommunications manufacturer, with its headquarter in Tokyo, Japan. With the corporate vision, "Oki, Network Solutions for a Global Society," Oki Electric provides top-quality products, technologies and solutions to its customers through its telecommunications systems, information systems and electronic devices segments. All three segments are integrated into one effective organization that functions as a collective force to create exciting new products and technologies, including information and telecom converged solutions. Through its business activities, Oki Electric satisfies a spectrum of customer needs in various markets. Visit Oki's global web site at http://www.oki.com/ .
µPLAT is a registered trademark of Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. in Japan, Germany and the U.K.
ARM and ARM7TDMI are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. ARM946E-S, AMBA, Embedded Trace Macrocell and ETM9 are trademarks of ARM Limited. “ARM” is used to represent ARM Holdings plc (LSE: ARM and Nasdaq: ARMHY); its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; and ARM Belgium N.V.