ARC-Based™ CBEmacro Product Initial Result of Wide Ranging Agreement
SAN JOSE, Calif. and CAMBRIDGE, UK, November 29, 2004 – ARC International (LSE: ARK) and TTPCom (LSE: TTC), the world's leading independent supplier of digital wireless technology, today announced that the companies have partnered to deliver low-cost digital cellular engines to the burgeoning global handset market. Under the terms of a wide-ranging agreement, TTPCom has implemented ARC's configurable processor cores in the company's latest cellular baseband engine (CBEmacro) that is available to silicon designers globally. A demonstration of the ARC-Based™ CBEmacro product was given to customers and prospects at Japan's Embedded Technology show in Yokohama earlier this month. Other terms of the agreement include marketing and sales activities.
ARC's configurable processor technology proved to be a significant asset to TTPCom in the design of the CBEmacro product. ARC's unique CPU/DSP solution allowed TTPCom's designers to use a single architecture for TTPCom's dual core general purpose and DSP processing solution. TTPCom also obtained performance improvements in terms of memory usage, clock speed and power consumption using custom instructions created by the ARChitect™ processor configurator, a tool that allows engineers to quickly and easily customize an ARC core.
“The ARC-Based CBEmacro product represents a significant addition to our product line,” said Dr. Tony Milbourn, managing director of TTPCom. “Mobile handsets are increasingly differentiated by multimedia technologies and high-end application capabilities, rather than the underlying cellular engine. ARC's configurable processor technology enables us to easily provide the core cellular functionality, while ensuring that the design meets the critical cost parameters of cellular handset designers. ARC is strategic to our future product plans and we look forward to growing our relationship in the cellular marketplace.”
“Industry leaders are leveraging the benefits of ARC's configurable technology to create their next generation products without the bloat that is typical of other processor architectures,” said Carl Schlachte, president and CEO of ARC International. “TTPCom is a prime example of the increasing number of companies that are leveraging our technology to create cost-effective and innovative solutions to meet demanding market requirements. We are excited that TTPCom chose us for the EGPRS CBEmacro product and look forward to deepening the relationship as ARC extends its reach into the cellular arena.”
About TTPCom's Cellular Baseband Engine Macro (CBEmacro)
TTPCom's CBEmacro is a family of complete cellular engine designs and associated services to allow the timely and cost-effective implementation of EGPRS and 3GPP baseband solutions by semiconductor companies, with an aggressive roadmap meeting the future needs of the cellular handset market. The underlying technology, CBEcore, is well proven and has appeared in numerous cellular baseband chipsets by world leading semiconductor manufacturers since its creation in 1993.
Based in Cambridge, UK, TTPCom Ltd. is the principal operating subsidiary of TTP Communications plc (LSE: TTC). The company develops intellectual property used in the design and manufacture of wireless communication terminals. TTPCom licenses its technology to leading semiconductor and terminal manufacturers worldwide, including Analog Devices, Intel, LG, Renesas, Sharp, Siemens and Toshiba.
TTPCom has established a world leading position with its GPRS, EDGE and 3G protocol software; offers rapid customization of handsets through its AJAR applications framework; and for those manufacturers for whom a fast time to market is critical, TTPCom also offers complete handset and module designs. Over 20 million devices using TTPCom technology were shipped during 2003. More information can be found on TTPCom's website at: http://www.ttpcom.com.
About ARC International
ARC International is a world leader in low-power, high-performance 32-bit configurable CPU/DSP processor cores, subsystems, real-time operating systems and development tools for embedded system design. ARC's configurable and extendible cores assist customers in the development of next generation digital media, consumer and communications devices, resulting in lower cost, higher performance SOC products.
ARC International maintains a worldwide presence with corporate offices in San Jose, California, USA and Elstree, UK. The Company has research and development offices located in England and the United States. For more information please visit the ARC website at: www.ARC.com. ARC International is listed on the London Stock Exchange as ARC International plc (LSE:ARK).
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